A selection of just some of the annual events at Syracuse University that focus on diversity, inclusion, access, and multicultural empowerment and recognition.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Celebrated nationally in May and observed at Syracuse University in April, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month honors Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. AAPI Heritage Month consists of programs and signature events that educate all members of the Syracuse University community about the histories, cultural diversity, contributions, and often underreported challenges of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Black History Month: In honor of Black History Month (BHM), Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, hosts a series of events in the month of February in collaboration with campus departments and student organizations. Black History Month honors the rich traditions of the African Diaspora through programming. The unique contributions and dynamic histories of people of African descent will enliven the Black cultural aesthetic via programming, dialogue, and cuisine.
Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.): Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) is a six-week sustained dialogue space for community members of Syracuse University to engage in meaningful, challenging, and urgent conversations about race and ethnicity.
“Cripping” the Con: This symposium, next scheduled for spring 2019, provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.
Disability Awareness Month: Every October SU brings attention to disabilities as a part of the human experience. The hope is that, after attending a host of informative and interesting events held throughout the month, people will carry this new knowledge and experience into their lives throughout the entire year.
Human Rights Film Festival: The Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival annually offers an outstanding line-up of award-winning films addressing social justice issues around the globe. Open to the public and free of charge.
Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month: In honor of Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month (LHHM), Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, hosts a series of events from September 15 to October 15 in collaboration with campus departments and student organizations.
LGBTQ History Month: October is LGBTQ History Month! Each year, the LGBT Resource Center presents an entire month of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ)-themed programming.
MLK Celebration: Annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, an event with a rich history at Syracuse University.
Native Heritage Month: In honor of Native Heritage Month (NHM), Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, within the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, hosts a series of events in the month of November in collaboration with campus departments and student organizations. Native Heritage Month is to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people.
OrangeAbility: Hosts an annual accessible athletics expo, demonstrating that you don’t have to be able-bodied to play, and you don’t have to have a disability to play accessible sports.
Rainbow Banquet: The Rainbow Banquet, established in 2003, celebrates LGBTQA communities at Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, and the city of Syracuse. This free event features a banquet dinner, a student keynote speaker, graduating LGBTQA student recognition, the presentation of the Rainbow Recognition Awards, music, and dancing!