Multicultural Affairs

Cultural Theme Month Celebrations

Each year, Ithaca Colleges celebrates cultural diversity through our Cultural Theme Month celebrations.  Through the collaborative efforts of the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, departments such as the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, & Ethnicity and the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach, and Services, and student organizations like the African Latino Society, Asian American Alliance, IC Natives, and PODER, programs and events present various opportunities to learn, educate, experience, and appreciate different aspects of different cultures. Programs have included lectures, Identity discussion panels, film screenings, cultural arts presentations, and more. 

Latino Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15) 

Kick off the year and celebrate with us! Through our programs and events, we hope to expand the cultural competence of the Ithaca College Community through awareness and appreciation of Latin American culture and its influence and contributions to American culture. Our events are open to the entire Ithaca College family as we aim to honor, show pride, and respect for Latin American culture.

  • Carlos Andres Gomez- An award-winning poet, actor, speaker, and writer from New York City that tackles issues of race, identity, machismo, and disabilities in his poetry.7:00PM, Campus Center, IC Square, Wednesday, September 16.


  •  Kat Lazo- Expanding the conversation within the Latina/o identity to discuss Latina feminism, Kat Lazo will speak in relation to her personal identity as a Latina feminist and the importance and intersectionality of her work. 7:00PM, Campus Center, Klingenstein Lounge, Monday, September 21.


  • Bachata Workshop- This hour- long workshop will demonstrate how identity can be showcased through dance. 7:00PM , West Tower, ALS Room, Monday, September 28.


  • Poder Banquet- Keynote Speaker Mercedes Frias. 7:00PM, Emmerson Suites, Saturday, October 3.


  • Identity Panel- Open question and dialogue surrounding Latina/o identity and analyzing the different ways in which people choose to express their identity 7:00PM , Klingenstein Lounge, Monday, October 5.


  • Bienvenidos Al Barrio- Wrap up the celebration with traditional Latina/o decorations, food, and games that encompass the multitude of Latino/a identities and neighborhoods. 7:00PM, West Tower, ALS Room, Monday, October 12.

Native American Month (November)
Ithaca College celebrates the rich history and cultures of the natives of our land. Our campus comes together for several events, lectures and other programs to commemorate the influence native cultures have had on our lives and the history of our country.


Black History Month (February)
Join the Ithaca College community as we celebrate and remember the struggle and triumphs of Black people throughout history. Come learn about this diverse community and honor its heroes. Our programs aim to help bring an understanding to this history and what it means for all of us even today.


Focus Asia Month (April)
Help us take the time to recognize the achievements and celebrate the history and richness of the Asian culture. This month is packed with spectacular programs and events to showcase many different aspects of Asian culture and educate us all on issues of current Asian culture pertinent to our society today.

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations for all events sponsored out of OSEMA's Multicultural Affairs should contact us at  We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.