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

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)

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