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Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center

Cultural Heritage Month Programming

The University of Dayton and the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center is committed to recognizing the histories, cultures, experiences, and contributions of diverse populations. Through cultural programming, MEC supports the University of Dayton’s academic mission by providing educational opportunities that assist students in exploring new experiences while also enhancing their understanding of their cultural identity. In collaboration with faculty, staff, students, and the Dayton community, MEC seeks to provide thought-provoking co-curricular programming that supports the personal development of all students, while also influencing the campus climate. 

Educate, Empower, Engage

Individuals that participate in Cultural Heritage Month programming will:

  • learn new knowledge about their culture or a culture different than their own.
  • be exposed to diverse perspectives and experiences that will affirm their cultural identity.
  • be exposed to experiences that complement the academic mission of the University.

Programming Schedules

2023 Events

 

Friday, March 31: Asian American Association - All Around Asia

The Asian American Association will host this event to celebrate and educate about the great diversity and richness that is encompassed in the many countries and cultures from the Asian continent. Food and fun will be included!

2:00PM - 4:00pm  Location TBD

 

Tuesday, April 4: Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month MEC Day Lunch

Join MEC as we come together in the spirit of fellowship to celebrate Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month through food, music and education. 

11:30am - 1:30pm  MEC Family room, Alumni hall 104

 

Wednesday, April 12: Let's Talk AAPI Inclusivity

The Asian American Association and Middleground will host this event to discuss challenges faced by the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. This will be a wonderful opportunity to engage and learn.

6:30Pm - 8:00pm  Location TBD

 

Saturday, April 15: Vaisahki Celebration

Vaisahki marks the beginning of the new solar year for those in the Hindu and Sikh community and is aslo a celebration of the spring harvest for many Indians. Join us as we celebrate with a dance demonstration and cultural education on the importance of this day.

4:30pm - 6:00pm  TBD

 

Thursday, April 20: Ramadan Iftar

As Ramadan comes to a close we invite our campus community to join us for this 'Iftar' or 'breaking of the fast' observed by Muslims throughout the world and at the University of Dayton. Delicious and culturally relevant food will be served with a light program highlighting the importance of this sacred month. Co-Sponsored by the Muslim Student Association, Campus Ministry

8:00pm  KU Ballroom

 

Friday, April 21: Asian American Association Banquet
7:00pm - 11:30pm  curran place

 

Asian and Pacific American Heritage Research Guide

The Roesch Library and The Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center invite you to learn more about Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month itself as well as stories, contributions, triumphs and struggles of Asian and Pacific Americans. This Research Guide offers a wide variety of topics covering the immense diversity within these communities from critical research to social movements; from LGBTQ+ stories to artists and authors. The wonderful collection of information is available through several mediums including streaming video, books, and articles. You can find the guide by following this link.

Sponsored by the Roesch Library and the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center


2023 Events

 
Thursday, February 2: Black History Month MEC Day Lunch 

Join MEC as we enjoy some soul food in the spirit of fellowship and in celebration of Black History Month. A variety of authentic dishes associated with African American and Black culture will be served. This event is free to all UD students, faculty and staff. 

 11:00 A.m. -  1:00 p.m. MEC Lounge, Alumni hall 104

 

Thursday, February 2: Lawrence Ross - Blackballed Lecture

Nationally acclaimed author and speaker Lawrence Ross will give a lecture based on his 2017 book "Blackballed: The Black and White Politics of Race on America's Campuses." Ross has been the keynote speaker at regional and national conferences within the fraternity and sorority field as well as at over 1000 college campuses across the United States speaking on the role of all members of campus communities in fighting racism and inequity on campus. 

Brought to you by The College of Arts and Sciences, College Panhellenic Council, Interfraternity Council, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center, and Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

 6:00p.m. KU Ballroom

 

Friday, February 10: Black and Muslim

The Multicultural Programming Council and the Muslim Student Association are collaborating to create a meaningful and intentional learning space for those who are interested in exloring what it means to be both Black and Muslim. Food and dialogue will be provided.

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Ryke Center

 

Thu-Sat, February 16-18: Imagining Community Symposium

The Imagining Community Symposium is a space for community partners across the Miami Valley to come together in a space of education, dialogue and action. The symposium is open to all community members, activists, artists, students, scholars and academics with the goal of exploring the history, legacy and impact of injustice in Dayton, and strategies for moving toward a more just, equitable and inclusive Dayton.

Advanced registration will open in January 2023. For more information, email imaginingcommunity@udayton.edu

The hub (downtown dayton)

 

Saturday, February 25: BATU's Black Excellence Ball

The Black Excellence Ball is returning as a culmination to BATU Week and a highlight of Black History Month festivities. There will be a brief recognition ceremony, great music, a photo booth and a Black Excellence Gallery. Tickets will go on sale on 1850.

8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Kennedy union Ballroom

  

5th Annual Maafa Commemoration Week 

 

Monday, February 20: Abayomi Doll Making Workshop 

As part of the Maafa Commemoration Series, join the Multicultural Programming Council in learning about Abayomi Dolls and even create one yourself! 

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. mec lounge, Alumni hall 104

  

February 20-24: 'What is the Maafa?' Poster Exhibit

Walkthrough the Maafa Exhibit for an introduction on the history and importance of the Maafa, the transatlantic slave trade, and its continued impact on the black diaspora.

Alumni hall south (mec)

 

Thursday, February 23: 5th Annual Maafa Commemoration Service

The 2023 Maafa Commemoration Series will feature artistic performances, remarks, and rituals to honor those who died during the journey of The Middle Passage. This year's theme, "Homegoing," ventures to highlight and bring to life the stories of enslaved Africans and their descendants, as well as what it means to embody this complex history.

Join us for a powerful service with contributions from students, local artists, and more. 

 6:00 p.m. -  7:30 p.m. Location TBD

 

Maafa at UD

The Inaugural Maafa Commemoration was held on the campus of the University of Dayton in February of 2019.  Learn more about MAAFA here.

Black History Month Research Guide

The Roesch Library and The Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center invite you to learn more about Black History Month itself as well as stories, contributions, triumphs and struggles of Black Americans. This Research Guide offers a wide variety of topics from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter; from LGBTQ+ stories to Black artists and authors. The wonderful collection of information is available through several mediums including streaming video, books, and articles. You can find the guide by following this link.


2022 Events

September 14th: Being First Gen/Hispanic Household Panel

A panel and presentation about what it is like to live in a Hispanic household and some of the trials people must face as being First Gen.

Sponsored By: Las Mujeristas

6:30 A.M. Miriam Hall 109

 

 

September 15th: LatinX MEC Day Lunch

Join MEC for our annual celebration of LatinX cultures through food, music, and community. 

11:30 A.M. MEC Lounge (Alumni Hall)

 

 

September 17th: Dayton Hispanic Festival & Parade

Faculty, Staff, and Students are invited to participate in the parade to represent both UD and their cultures and countries. There will be events all day celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

ALL Day Downtown Dayton

 

 

September 19th: ¡Si Se Puede! Presentation on LatinX Social Movements

TBD

Sponsored by: EOL & MEC

7:00 P.M Location TBD

 

 

 

September 22nd: Latin Dance Lesson

Students will learn to dance salsa and other traditional Latin American dances like merengue, bachata, rumba, etc.

6:30 P.M. VWK 143-145

 

 

 September 28th: Feminicidio Educational Presentation

Discussion about the killings and disappearances of women in Latin America and spreading awareness. Path Point eligible

7:00PM Location TBD

 

 

 

September 29th: Hispanic Bake/Food Sale

Mujeristas will have a fundraiser that sells coquito, conchas, mantecaditos, empanadas.

12:30 – 2:00 P.M. KU Mall

 

 

October 1st: Carne Asada/Potluck

Come celebrate with the LatinX student orgs with a cultural Carne Asada. Enjoy food, music and family spirit.

1:00 P.M. EOL House

 

 

 

 

October 10th: Indigenous Peoples Day Presentation

A presentation about Erasure of indigenous roots in Latin American countries’ national identity, Lack of protection of indigenous peoples in Latin America, Capitalist intrusion and lack of political protection for or technical support for land rights and environmental preservation, Current cases of discrimination, efforts fighting back for rights

7:00 P.M. TBD

 

October 27th-29th: LatinX Connect Conference

This free virtual conference held by the University of Pittsburg will provide an opportunity for those who wish to engage in critical topics and conversations impacting the LatinX community in all of its diversity.

Register with this link: https://officeofdiversityandinclusion.cmail19.com/t/j-l-vttluo-ikjrhkjtlk-i/ 12:30 – 2:00 P.M. Virtual

 


2022 Events


Thursday, November 3: MEC Day Lunch – Native American Heritage Month

 Join the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center in celebrating the cultures of Native communities by dining in fellowship. This lunch is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Alumni Hall MEC Family Room
 
Friday, November 5: 'Lake of Betrayal' Documentary Screening and Dialogue

 The Diversity Peer Educators will show this critically important documentary on the "Land Back" movement and afterwards will lead an engaging discussion highlighting the historical and current injustices faced by Native People in the United States. This event will be PATH eligible. Please RSVP on 1850.

3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Adele 106

 

 

Thursday, November 17: Indigenous Women Panel Discussion

 As part of the Feminist Educational Series a panel of students with Native American heritage will share about their experiences and what their identity and culture means to them.

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Location TBD

  

 

NPAC 2022: Embodied Knowledges: Indigenous Ways of Being, Thinking and Doing

Main sessions, Nov. 7-9

Decolonizing Your Pantry

6-7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 7, via Zoom

Every time we walk into a grocery store, we make a series of decisions that impact everything, from our bodies and minds to the air we breathe and the soil we walk upon. Colonial food systems provide lots of calories, but they are deficient in spiritual and emotional nourishment and they lack any connection to land and people. Food sovereignty is a vitally important movement that asks us to think about the systems that are supported by our grocery purchases. Join Luke and Linda Black Elk as they discuss simple and efficient ways to begin the process of decolonization on the path to food sovereignty.

Click here to register for this Zoom session

Language Revitalization & Gender Diversity

1:30-3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, via Zoom

Join Kai Minosh Pyle and Awanigiizhik Bruce for a conversation regarding their efforts to reclaim space in their languages for gender diversity. In addition to sharing specific Two-Spirit language and historical knowledge, they will discuss their process and journeys in reclaiming these teachings and the ways they have tried to spread what they have learned to other community members. Drawing on what they have learned over the years, they will offer stories to show why talking openly about gender diversity in language revitalization movements is critical for Indigenous nations to thrive.

Click here to register for the Zoom session

 

Community Arts Event

6-8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4th floor of Fitz Hall, GEMnasium space

Leon Briggs will conduct a session on the "Seneca No Face Dolls," commonly known as corn husk dolls. Leon will discuss the story behind corn husk dolls, drawing upon traditional teachings about vanity, equality, and respect for all people in our communities, followed by walking participants through the steps of making their own corn husk doll. Please register below so we have sufficient supplies. 

Click here to register for the in-person Arts Event

 

Additional Events

Opening Blessing 

10-11 a.m., Monday, Nov. 7, Humanities Plaza (KU 222 alternate site in case of inclement weather)

 

Plant Talk/Green Space Walk with Leon Briggs

1:25-3:20 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7, Humanities Plaza

Join Leon Briggs for a walking tour of the UD campus and close surrounding areas to learn about native plants and their roles in our eco-system as well as discussing finding, identifying and using Native plants and herbs for medicinal and nutritional purposes. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. 

Register for this session through AVIATE

 

Jewelry Making with Leon Briggs

3:35-4:50 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8, 4th floor Fitz Hall, GEMnasium space

Leon Briggs will discuss and demonstrate some traditional jewelry making techniques, followed by an opportunity to create your own pieces. 

Register for this session through AVIATE

 

Plant Talk/Green Space Walk with Leon Briggs

10:10 a.m.-12:05 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, Humanities Plaza

Join Leon Briggs for a walking tour of the UD campus and close surrounding areas to learn about native plants and their roles in our eco-system as well as discussing finding, identifying and using Native plants and herbs for medicinal and nutritional purposes. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather. 

Register for this session through AVIATE

  

 

Other opportunities to learn:

Check out the University Libraries' Native American Heritage Resource Guide.

MEC Days

MEC Days are opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to share a meal together, in community, from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm.  Approximately three to four MEC Days are held each year in conjunction with a holiday, kicking off a cultural heritage month or other special day. MEC Days are instrumental in building community between members of the UD community.

 

CONTACT

Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center

Alumni Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0318
937-229-3634
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