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Heritage Months

Throughout the year, MSA commemorates national heritage months to uplift the communities we serve. Programs and events throughout these months honor a community's history and past, celebrate its present and future, engage the diversity and complexity of lived experiences within communities, and raise awareness and visibility for these communities across campus.

Heritage months celebrated at Northwestern by MSA include:

Latinx Heritage Month | October

Although LHM is nationally celebrated in September, Northwestern's celebration commences later in the year due to our academic calendar, which starts in late September.

Festival LatiNU

Festival LatiNU is the signature event for Latinx Heritage Month Celebration. Planned in partnership with Alianza - The Latinx Student Alliance, Festival LatiNU features musical and dance performances from Northwestern student groups and Chicago area groups and cuisines from various Latin American countries. This event is free and open to the campus community.

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Queer & Trans * Empowerment Month | October

National Coming Out Day

Annually observed on October 11, National Coming Out Day recognizes "coming out" as a central piece in the demand for equality by the LGBT rights movement as well as a formative experience in the lives of many LGBT people.

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Native American Heritage Month | November

Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration

Planned in partnership with NAISA (Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance), the Sand Creek Massacre commemoration is held each year in November to honor the Cheyenne and Arapaho peoples who were killed by United States soldiers during an attack of their village. This event is free and open to the campus community.

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Black History Month | February


Swahili for 'all pull together, the term "Harambee" is most often used as a rallying cry in Kenya for people to come together in community and gather resources. Planned in partnership with FMO (For Members Only) and bringing together students, staff, faculty, and alumni of the African Diaspora, Harambee kicks off Black History Month and features a variety of performances, music, and food for everyone to enjoy. This event is free and open to the campus community.

For more information about 2019 Black History Month Events click here.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month | May


JubilAsian is an annual MSA event that celebrates the APIDA community on campus as part of May’s APIDA Heritage Month. The event is planned by a student committee that shapes JubilAsian to be a meaningful moment of celebration and visibility for the diversity of identities and experiences encompassed under the APIDA umbrella. This event is free and open to the campus community.