Academics

Heritage & Awareness Events

Alma College hosts awareness weeks and months in honor of cultural history and traditions across all identity groups.

September

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October15)

This month begins on September 15 with the anniversary of independence of 5 Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. During this month Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16th and Chile on September 18. This month is to celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors come from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

October

LGBTQ+ Awareness Month

While LGBTQ+ Pride month is in June, LGBTQ+ Awareness month is in October. LGBT Awareness month began its celebration in 1994. It has since expanded to LBGTQ+ Awareness month to be more inclusive of the other genders, sexualities, and sexes. In October there are three major LGBTQ+ Holidays. On October 11 we observe National Coming Out Day. October 16 is Spirit Day when people wear purple to show support for LGBTQ+ teens who are/were victims of bullying. October 26-November 1 (Varies by year) is Asexual Awareness week. Overall this month is a time to celebrate LGBTQ+ identified individuals and to give a chance for non-LGBTQ+ identified individuals to learn.

November

Native American Heritage Month

This month began as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant
contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the
U.S. President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution in 1990 designating
November as National American Indian Heritage Month. 

January

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, Celebration
at Alma College (January 18 - 24)

This day began with the signing of a legislation in 1983 which officially
marked 
the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a federal holiday. In 1994 congress designated this federal holiday as a national day of service. This day
takes place 
yearly on the 3rd Monday in January. The MLK day of service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community”. Although nationally this is a day of service here at Alma College we spend the entire week celebrating the legacy of Dr. King and his work. 

February 

African American History Month

The month of February pays tribute to the generations African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society. This event began as a week-long celebration in 1925 and expanded to a month long event in 1976.

March

Women’s History Month

The origins of Women’s history month are as a celebration in 1981 and the president proclaimed the week beginning March 7, 1982 as women’s history week. In 1987 congress declared the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month.

May

Asian-Pacific American Awareness Month

This month is about celebrating Asian-pacific islanders in the United States.
This month began in 1977 with the proclamation of the first 10 days of May
being known as Asian-pacific Heritage week. In 1990 President George H.W.
Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration a month-long
celebration. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration
of the first Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843 and to mark the anniversary
of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.