Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) offers several cultural, educational, and social programs throughout the year. Individual departments within MSA sponsor heritage month events and other programming, and MSA provides support for various student group events and initiatives. Information about our core programs can be found below.

Native American Heritage Month

banner for native american heritgae month

To learn more about upcoming events, visit our calendars!

MSA Events & Calendar
AASA Events & Calendar
A/AASA Events & Calendar
H/LSA Events & Calendar
LGBT Resource Center Events & Calendar

Summer Academic Workshop (SAW)

SAW class of 2011Prior to Wildcat Welcome (orientation week), MSA and the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education present a two-week program that provides incoming students with an opportunity to strengthen their writing skills in preparation for college-level courses while developing a social network and exploring the local community. Since 1966, SAW has invited over 1,400 students to campus. Visit the SAW page for more information.

MSA First-Year Activities Board

Students participating in the MSA student experienceThrough MSA's First-Year Activities Board, you will meet and connect with other first-year students from around the University, learn about important resources designed to help you succeed at Northwestern, and develop important leadership skills that will last a lifetime. It's a fun, easy, and unique way of getting involved on campus. Membership is open to any first-year student. Don't wait! Fill out the membership form and join today!

Student Leader Roundtables

Student Leader Roundtable 2012Student leaders from MSA-recognized student groups are invited to participate in a large-group meeting once per quarter. At these Roundtables, MSA staff members provide updates and information, and facilitate discussion around a variety of topics both in large and small group settings.

MSA INC Speaker Series

Dr. Mary Pattillo speaking at an MSA INC eventMSA INC is a lunchtime speaker series designed to raise consciousness and promote discussion within the Northwestern community around issues of race, culture, politics, and academia. These intimate discussions allow for students, staff, and faculty to come together to feed both mind and body. Visit the MSA INC page for more information.

Heritage Month Celebrations

Dancers at the annual Harambee event that kicks off Black History MonthEach year, MSA celebrates nationally recognized heritage months. MSA sponsors a large kickoff event for each heritage month, and coordinates a calendar of student group and University programming.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration (Fall Quarter)
LGBTQ History Month (Fall Quarter)
Black History Month (Winter Quarter)
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (Spring Quarter)

MSA Senior Celebration

Senior Award recipients

MSA hosts an end-of-the-year celebration to honor graduating students for academic achievement, leadership, and contributions to the community. For descriptions of awards and a list of past recipients, please visit the Senior Celebration page.

MSA Archived Newsletters

Read about our past programs in our archived newsletters:

View Archive MSA Newsletters