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  • Multicultural Advisory Council

    The Multicultural Advisory Council is a diverse group of student leaders that seeks to broaden traditional definitions of the term multicultural. The council is comprised of student representatives from the registered multicultural organizations on campus.

    We look for members who possess a passion for educating the campus community about a variety of multicultural topics and issues. Multicultural Advisors must be active advocates of unity and peace.

    Philosophy

    Composed of 20 students, the Multicultural Advisory Council is committed to inclusion, diversity, and identity development. The advice provided by this council will serve as a guide for multicultural educational programs and activities.

    Eligibility
    • Must be a fulltime ASU student
    • Must have a GPA of 3.5 or above
    • Must be active in a registered multicultural student organization or recommended by faculty/staff member
  • Multicultural Activities

    Diversity education and resources, leadership opportunities and cultural awareness programs are provided to inspire your appreciation and celebration of multiculturalism.

    • January: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

      Dr. Martin Luther King JrDr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday held on the third Monday of January. It celebrates the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader. He is best known for his campaigns to end racial segregation and for improving racial equality in the United States.

    • February: Black History Month


      Black History Month 2016What started as a weekly recognition in 1925, African American History Month is now a monthlong recognition raising awareness of African American’s contributions to civilization.

    • March: Women’s History Month


      Women's History Month 2016Women’s History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 and pays tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society.

    • April: Asian and Pacific Islander Month



      The United States celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month each May. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

    • June: Juneteenth

      Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States according to Juneteenth.com.  Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was two and a half years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official January 1, 1863. The Emancipation Proclamation had little impact on the Texans due to the minimal number of Union troops to enforce the new Executive Order. However, with the surrender of General Lee in April of 1865, and the arrival of General Granger’s regiment, the forces were finally strong enough to influence and overcome the resistance. 

    • July: Independence Day

      Independence Day of the United States, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth in the U.S., is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence 240 years ago in 1776 on July 4 by the Continental Congress. It declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.

      Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States

    • September: Hispanic Heritage


      Since 1968, under the President Lyndon Johnson, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

    • October: LGBTQ+ History Month


      In 1994, Rodney Wilson, a Missouri high school teacher, believed a month should be dedicated to the celebration and teaching of gay and lesbian history, and gathered other teachers and community leaders. They selected October because public schools are in session and existing traditions, such as “Coming Out Day” (Oct. 11), occur that month.

    • November: Native American Heritage Month


      Celebrated each November, Native American Heritage Month is an effort to gain recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.