Heritage & Awareness Events

Alma College strives to recognize and bring awareness to all minoritized cultures and identities throughout the year. We also show special recognition and celebrate awareness weeks and months in honor of cultural history and traditions across many identity groups.

Currently, our office is celebrating Hispanic and Latinx/o/a Heritage Month from September 15 - October 15th which intersects with LGBTQIA+ History Month which occurs during the entirety of October. 

Click the drop-down menu below for the links to the events and registrations! 

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Hispanic/Latinx Heritage 

Hispanic Heritage month begins on Sept. 15 with the anniversary of the independence of five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. During this month Mexico declared its independence on Sept. 16 and Chile on Sept. 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.

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Loteria - Hispanic Heritage Month Kick Off

Thursday September 15, 2022 from 4 -5 p.m. EDT TVD Rotunda
Kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with a multi-Latino twist on the game of Loteria! Snacks and beverages provided. Hosted by the Diversity and Inclusion Office and the KCP Program. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Hall of Fame

September 19 - October 15, 2022 (Self Guided) TVD Rotunda.
Take a self-guided tour of Alma College’s first Hispanic/Latinx/a/o Hall of Fame display located in the Rotunda of Tyler-Van Dusen Campus Center! Sponsored by HisCo and Diversity and Inclusion

Hispanic Heritage Month Painting with a Twist ft. Omar Cruz

Thursday, September 29, 2022 from 6 - 8 p.m. EDT TVD Heather Room
Attendees will be led in a guided painting lesson by professional artist, Omar Cruz. All supplies are provided and finished projects are yours to keep.
Limited slots available! Register here.

Hispanic Heritage Month Food & Dance

Friday, October 7, 2022 from 5:30 - 7 p.m. EDT Chapel

Join us in the chapel for a celebration of Hispanic culture. Ballet Folklorico de la Luz will teach participants the history and foundational steps of one of Mexico’s traditional forms of dance. There will also be food provided!

East LA Walkouts Showing & Dialogue

Wednesday, October 12, 2022 from 7 - 9:30 p.m. EDT Chapel Basement

Join the History Club and the Diversity and Inclusion Office to watch and discuss HBO’s 2006 film “Walkout” a story of protest against Latine discrimination.

LGBTQ+ Awareness

In the 2021-2022 school year, we will be highlighting LGBTQIA+ Awareness, Pride, and Visibility in March. Please visit the Women’s History/Disability Awareness/LGBTQIA+ Awareness drop-down menu for our list of events!

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 all genders and sexualities. In October there are three major LGBTQ+ Holidays. On October 11 we observe National Coming Out Day. October 20 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. There is a training called Safe Zone to help students become more aware of the diversity in the LGBTQ+ community and also to make the students an available resource to talk to judgment-free. All individuals that have completed the session receive a “Safe Zone” sticker.

Disability Awareness

In the 2021-2022 school year, we will be highlighting Disability Awareness in March. Please visit the Women’s History/Disability Awareness/LGBTQIA+ Awareness drop-down menu for our list of events!

Disability Employment Awareness month is also celebrated in October. It is used to recognize the important role that persons with disabilities play in the workforce and workplace diversity. Shortened to NDEAM, this month celebrates the contributions of workers with disabilities and educates others on the value of a diverse workforce inclusive of their skills and talents.

Native American Heritage

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. This month recognizes the first people that inhabited what is now known as the United States. It also remembers the struggles of violence, discrimination, and alienation that the Natives had to endure. November not only celebrates the Native American Culture but also recognizes the history of this culture.

Who was the REAL Christopher Columbus?

Tuesday, October 12, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm EDT Tyler-Van Dusen , Heather Room

Join us for a discussion in the Heather Room about Christopher Columbus and the thoughts behind Columbus Day.

BOUNTY Live World Premiere and Q&A

Wednesday, November 10, 2021 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST - TVD Student Lounge
Join us for the world premiere of the new Upstander Project film, BOUNTY, which reflects on colonialism, generational trauma, and the genocide of native peoples. The event will start with a film introduction, a showing of the film, then a Q&A with the film team.

Reflections on Healing the Mind, Body, and Soul with Inila Wakan: From the Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation

Tuesday, November 16 7:00pm - 8:30pm EST - TVD Student Lounge
Inila Wakan, a Lakota Tribal Member, will be joining us virtually to discuss traditions of healing the mind, body, and soul. We will be holding an in-person streaming in the TVD student lounge.

Rethinking Thanksgiving

Monday, November 22 1:10pm - 2:40pm EST Swanson Academic Center (SAC), SAC 113
Join us for a panel discussion about how we celebrate Thanksgiving and its legacies in American history and culture as it relates to respect for Native American History. Hosted by Danny Wasserman, Laura VonWallmenich, and Kristin Obertson. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration at Alma College

This day began with the signing of 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 annually 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. Learn more.

Black History Month 

The month of February pays tribute to the generations of 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.

Black History Month 2022

Appreciation vs. Appropriation 

Saturday, February 5, 2022, Swanson Academic Center (SAC), SAC 113
The Diversity and Inclusion Office and Black Student Union are collaborating in hosting a panel of Black identifying students who will answer commonly asked questions freely and openly in a structured, but informal format. All questions may be anonymously submitted to tinyurl.com/understandingblackness

A Night in Black Culture 

Join us in celebrating Black culture through karaoke, dancing lessons, coloring, conversation, and performances.  

Women’s History/Disability Awareness/LGBTQIA+ Awareness

The origins of Women’s History Month as a celebration began in 1981 when 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. This month recognizes the changes that women have made throughout history to improve the environment, the laws for women in the U.S. (and other oppressed groups), as well as other improvements to the world.

Disability Awareness Month was declared as a proclamation by President Ronald Regan in 1987 as a call to provide understanding, encouragement and opportunities to help people with disabilities. 

LGBTQIA+ History Month is normally celebrated in October, and Pride month is celebrated in June. Alma College is celebrating in March because classes would not be in session in June for students to celebrate LGBTQIA+ History and pride.

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Safe Zone 202: Trans* Training

Wednesday, March 2, 2022, Hamilton Commons, Thistle Room

Join us for Safe Zone 202: Trans* Training. This workshop explores understanding and supporting trans* folks through group discussion, education, and self-reflection.

International Tea Event

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, Swanson Academic Center (SAC), ground floor by provost office

Stop by SAC to receive goodie bags with MacCurdy application from the MacCurdy House, and learn about home countries of International Club members. 

Women with Disabilities Workshop (2nd year experience)

Wednesday, March 16, 2022, Microsoft Teams Link

Come for a presentation and discussion on the history and societal issues that impact women with disabilities by Dr. Dora Laskey and Besty Strobel!

March Heritage Month Invisible Identities Round Tables

Wednesday, March 23, 2022, Dunning Memorial Chapel, Basement Lobby

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Office for an event centered around invisible identities! Various student organizations will help us run an event where you get to have conversations and learn more about these identities and their intersections!

Safe Zone 201: Race, Gender, and Sexuality

Friday, March 25, 2022, Online or Heather Room TBD

Join us for Safe Zone 201: Race, Gender, and Sexuality. This workshop explores the relationship between race, gender, and sexuality using the framework of intersectionality.

Festa e Diversão - Celebrating Brazilian Culture

Friday, March 25, 2022, Chapel Lobby

Welcome to Rio de Janeiro, MI: Alma College’s Hispanic Coalition will be hosting the best celebration of the year on Friday, March 25th! Come join us at our FIRST “carnival” to learn more about all the different aspects that come into the creation of the World’s Largest Carnival, as well as Women’s and LGBTQ+ History in Brazil. Lots of Brazilian street food snacks, and candy will be provided, as well as music, dance, and great fun; Vejo você em breve!

The Vagina Monologues

Saturday, March 26, 2022, Dunning Memorial Chapel, Sanctuary

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Office and the MacCurdy House for a production of the Vagina Monologues!

Animated Queerness: a roundtable discussion of LGBTQ+ representation in recent animated shows

Sunday, March 27th, 2022, Dow L1

Join us for a conversation to celebrate (and critique) LGBTQIA+ visibility and belonging through a round table discussion about recent animated shows and media such as Owl House, She-Ra, Legend of Korra, Steven Universe, Luca, and more. This closing panel will also include concluding remarks from AlmaCon’s leadership that include AlmaCon’s fundraising support for the Trevor Project.

Caring for Ourselves, Caring for Others: Self-Care Workshop

Thursday, March 29, 2022, Dance Studio

During this interactive workshop, we will discuss how to take time to rest and center our well being. Also, there will be a special focus on how care might look different for folks with disabilities and aspects to consider. There will be snacks provided! Hosted by Rosely Conz and Bea Eby.

Transgender Day of Visibility

Thursday, March 31, 2022, TVD Rotunda 6p-7p

Join the Diversity and Inclusion Office for a night celebrating transgender lives and experiences through education, activities, and cake.


Asian-Pacific American Awareness

This month is about celebrating Asian and 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.

The Sampler Platter of Racism: A “Very Asian” Student Panel

Tuesday, April 5th, Virtual (Zoom) 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Join Asian Student Union and Diversity and Inclusion Office for a panel event to remind the campus community about how Asian people live with discrimination through current news, the gentrification of food, and the romanticization of Asian culture.

Noodle Giveaway & Video Tutorial 

Friday, April 15th, Pick up in front of the Diversity & Inclusion Office, All day while supplies last

Stop by the Diversity and Inclusion Office for Instant Asian Instant Noodles. Please take 1 out of 3 different kinds of noodles from different Asian cultures (Indonesian, Korean, and Japanese).

Turning Red (on this controversy)

Saturday, April 16th, SAC 113 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Asian Student Union and the Diversity and Inclusion office would like to invite you to end the semester with Asian Student Union as we discuss the controversy surrounding this movie! Enjoy boba milk tea, origami, coloring pages, and a polaroid photobooth! Please bring your green checkmarks.