Multicultural Affairs

Cultural Theme Month Celebrations

Each year, Ithaca College celebrates cultural diversity through our campus- wide Cultural Theme Month celebrations.  Through the collaborative efforts of the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs, our campus partners in various departments and offices, and our student organizations, we are able to provide various opportunities to learn, share, celebrate, empower, and appreciate Latino/a Heritage Month, Native American Month, Black History Month, and Focus Asia Month.


Celebrate: Latino/a 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 Latino/a Heritage.


Share: Native American Month (November)

Ithaca College invites all to share in celebrating the rich history and cultures of the aboriginal and first peoples of our land. This campus-wide celebration provides educational opportunities through lectures, presentations, performances, film screenings, and other efforts, to commemorate native cultures and the history of our country.


 Empowered by: Black History Month (February)

Ithaca College is proud to celebrate the history of Black, African American, and Pan-African people. Through a collection of culturally rich programs and educational events, we aim to honor heroes and empower our campus community to reflect on the past while creating dialogue around the present day and future.

  • February 1st -Screening & Discussion “The Black Power Mixtape” - Kling Lounge. 7PM

This documentary film examines the evolution of the Black Power Movement in American society from 1967 to 1975. It features the found footage shot by a group of Swedish journalists (discovered some 30 years later in the cellar of Swedish Television) overlaid with commentaries and interviews from leading contemporary African-American and Black artists, activists, musicians, and scholars. A panel discussion will follow immediately after the film.


  • February 2nd -Second Chance Screening “The Black Power Mixtape”- Kling Lounge, 7PM

This is an opportunity to view the film if you missed the previous screening. There will not be a panel discussion after the screening.


  • February 2nd -Out of the Closet and Onto the Screen Film Series screening: WE CAME TO SWEAT, Textor 103, 7 PM (Sponsored by the Center for LGBT Education, Outreach & Services.)

Founded by an African-American for his gay community in 1962, the Starlite Lounge became a legendary pre-Stonewall safe-haven by catering to multiple generations of every race, creed, color and sexual orientation. When the survival of this Brooklyn-based black-owned LGBTQ institution came under threat nearly fifty years later, a passionate community mobilized. For patrons, the Starlite represents a family, a legacy, a safe haven, and a living history of the LGBTQ community. The document of their movement explores the matrix of gay visibility, race and economics in America.     


  • February 3rd –Embracing Pan-Africa (Sponsored by the African Student Association)- Kling Lounge. 7PM

Join the African Student Association as they explore Pan-Africanism to encourage the solidarity of people of African descent worldwide in the spirit of “unify and uplift.”


  • February 15th- Renaissance in the Belly of a Killer Whale (Sponsored by Center for the Study of Culture Race and Ethnicity)- Kling Lounge, 7:00PM

This Off-Broadway show is a montage of theatre, poetry, dance, and song. The performance explores the complex and evolving love affair three young women have with their home neighborhood, the world famous village of Harlem, New York. IC Alumna Jaylene Clark is featured.


  • February 20th- Winter Wonderland (Sponsored by the African Latino Society)- Emerson Suites 8:30PM

The African Latino Society continue their tradition of this annual social event.  Students should be prepared for a night of fun, laughs, dancing, and great food.


  • February 26th- Step Fest (Sponsored by the IC Step Team)- Emerson Suites 7PM

Forged from “African Boot dance”, stepping made its way to college campuses across America in the early 20th century, being introduced primarily by members of fraternal organizations within the National Pan Hellenic Council. Mix in WWI and WWII vets turned students for militant precision, and throw in elements from the ever-evolving culture of hip-hop and you have the art form as we know it today. Join the IC Step Team for a night of performance and history as they showcase their talent.


  • February 27th- ALANA Career Connections (Sponsored by Career Services)-Kling Lounge. 1:30PM- 3:30PM

This is a career networking opportunity for students in which the alumni of color share their personal perspectives on how their experience at Ithaca College influenced their pathway to professional success. Join us and expand your professional network!


  • February 28th- Reclaiming Blackness: Workshops-Park School 1PM-5PM.  Showcase- Emerson Suites 6PM-8PM

This student led initiative explores topics pertinent to the social of identity of “Blackness” in the 21st century through a series of workshops. These workshops will be followed by a showcase of talent from Ithaca College students.



Focus Asia Month (April)

Focus Asia Month is an annual celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures and histories. Through programs and events that are both fun and educational, important achievements and issues that surround the AAPI community are highlighted. The beauty and diversity that exists between the rich AAPI cultures are showcased throughout the month-long celebration at IC.

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.