Multicultural Affairs

Cultural Theme Month Celebrations

Each year, Ithaca Colleges celebrates cultural diversity through our Cultural Theme Month celebrations.  Through the collaborative efforts of 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. 



Focus on Identity: Asian American Identity Panel ( Tue 4/1 7-9PM Klingenstein)
What does it mean to be Asian in America? Join us for a student-led discussion on the experiences and challenges of being Asian at Ithaca College and beyond.

Focus on Filipino Diaspora: Lorial Crowder, M.S.W. (Tue 4/8 7-9PM Clark)
In response to devastating Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, Filipino communities in the US and beyond have swiftly contributed to relief efforts. Exploring such subjects as immigration history, the portrait of contemporary Filipino-Americans, and the politics of ethnic/national identity, how has Typhoon Haiyan evoked a sense of surging nationalism in Filipino-Americans? How does tragedy lead to mobilization abroad? Lorial Crowder is currently the Co-President of Metro New York chapter of the the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), the PAC President of Paaralan Sa Konsulado, writer for TheFilAm, Organizer of the Center of Babaylan Studies, and the CoFounder of the Filipino Adoptees Network (FAN).

Focus on Intersectionality: A Collaboration with Created Equal (Wed 4/16 7-9 Klingenstein)
Collaborating with Created Equal, we will explore the intersection of Asian and LGBT identities through an interactive workshop. Can one easily tell if one is LGBT, and/or Asian? Are these identities distinct by physical characteristics alone? This interactive and thought-provoking workshop will be followed by a group discussion to open up dialogue about stereotypes, labelling, and the intersection of race and sexuality.

Focus on Celebration: ASIA NIGHT (Sat 4/19 7-10PM Emerson Suites)
Our biggest event of the year! On April 19th, AAA will host a night to remember with food, performances, and activity booths that all provide an opportunity to learn about a wide range of unique Asian cultures. Through celebration, “Asia Night” introduces the campus to aspects of many cultures often unknown, enriching a sense of global community here on South Hill. Participate in our crafts and activities, witness spectacular performances, and most importantly, have fun!

A big thanks to the Asian American Alliance for all of their hard work in putting together a strong month of events!

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations should contact OSEMA at We ask that requests for accommodations be made as soon as possible.


Latino Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)
Start the year off by celebrating Latin culture. Through our programs and events, we hope that people get a better understanding, respect and appreciation of how people of Latin descent and Latin culture affect and contribute to the American culture, and show pride and respect in their own culture.

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 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 aspect 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.