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  • Multicultural Affairs




    ASU believes that everyone should experience a diversity of cultures, people and ideas to better appreciate the world around them. Multicultural Affairs is committed to offering services to all students, with a particular focus on underrepresented student populations, to enhance success by proving programs and activities that develop ethical leaders in a diverse society.

    Our vision is for students to understand and appreciate the diversity of cultural and human experience by engaging in multiple dimensions of diversity programs.

    Core Values

    • Diversity Appreciation 

    • Inclusion

  • Advisory Council

    The Multicultural Advisory Council (MAC) 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 Advisers must be active advocates of unity and peace.


    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.

    • Must be a full-time ASU student
    • Must have a GPA of 2.0 or above
    • Must be active in a Registered Student Organization (RSO)
  • Resources
  • MAC Roundtables

    ASU student hanging out at the Multicultural Center lounge.  

    The Multicultural Advisory Council hosts informal roundtables to foster multicultural discussion and networking within the ASU Community. MAC brings students, faculty, and staff together to share experiences or knowledge about diverse topics.

  • Activities

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

    • September: Hispanic Heritage

      MSAP Staff

      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.

      Source: National Hispanic Heritage Month

    • October: LGBTQ+ Celebration

      Student at the LGBT Event

      On Oct. 11, 1987, half a million people participated in the March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. It was the second such demonstration in our nation’s capital and resulted in the founding of a number of LGBTQ organizations, including the National Latino/a Gay & Lesbian Organization (LLEGÓ) and AT&T’s LGBTQ employee group, LEAGUE.

      The momentum continued four months after this extraordinary march as more than 100 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer activists from around the country gathered in Manassas, Va., about 25 miles outside Washington, D.C. Recognizing that the LGBTQ community often reacted defensively to anti-LGBTQ actions, they came up with the idea of a national day to celebrate coming out and chose the anniversary of that second march on Washington to mark it. The originators of the idea were Rob Eichberg, a founder of the personal growth workshop, The Experience, and Jean O’Leary, then head of National Gay Rights Advocates. From this idea the National Coming Out Day was born.

      Each year on Oct. 11, National Coming Out Day continues to promote a safe world for LGBTQ individuals to live truthfully and openly.

      Source: The History of Coming Out

    • November: Native American Heritage Month

      Students at the Native American Event

      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.

      Source: National Native American Heritage Month

    • January: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

      Students painting

      Dr. 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.

      Source: Martin Luther King, Jr.

    • February: Black History Month

      Student Speaking at Event

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

      Source: African American History Month

    • March: Women’s History Month

      Women's History Month Table

      We promote a multicultural women’s history perspective by honoring women of diverse cultural, ethnic, occupational, racial, class, and regional backgrounds.

      Source: National Women’s History Alliance

    • June: Juneteenth

      Students getting food

      Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States according to

      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. 

      Source: History of Juneteenth

    • July: Independence Day

      The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day or July 4th – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution.

      On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence, and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

      Source: Fourth of July – Independence Day

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