Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Cultural and Intercultural Initiatives

All Student Life Multicultural Center festivals and celebrations are open to all students, as a way to learn about the diversity of cultural and identity groups here on Ohio State's campus. Please come, enjoy, learn and share your stories with others!

African American Heritage Festival

The African American Heritage Festival is an annual celebration intended to educate, impact and promote cultural awareness while commemorating the legacy of the African American experience. The Student Life Multicultural Center, with the assistance of other campus departments, co-sponsors this Spring Semester eight-day festival. Any student can become a part of the leadership team to plan the events of the week. Past events have included barbeques, concerts, debates, community service events and so much more!  The dates of the Heritage Festival are usually around the last week of March. For more information please visit


Week of Action

The Week of Action is an initiative that seeks to reach out to the entire Ohio State campus community in an effort to encourage students, staff and faculty to advocate on behalf of people who are of a different race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religious or spiritual identity, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic class or other social identity different than their own. Each of the week's events and programs are heavily focused on the themes of awareness, education and action. This program is coordinated by the Student Life Multicultural Center with collaborative support from Residence Life. For more information, contact Angie Wellman,


Alternative Thanksgiving Celebration

Alternative Thanksgiving Celebration is an open alternative event to the Thanksgiving national holiday. This event gives Native American/Indigenous students an opportunity to create/nurture their Ohio State community as they would if they were at home within their tribal communities whether in an urban, reservation or traditional lands space. This is an event where friends and allies will learn about history and traditions of Native American/Indigenous peoples at the time of contact and differing viewpoints. Traditional Indigenous foods will be served. To assure enough food, this is an RSVP event. Please contact  Melissa Jacob, or (614) 688-8449.


A Family Affair and Reunion

A joint venture of the Student Life Multicultural Center and the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, a Family Affair and Reunion is an event that enables Academic departments and Student Life units to highlight the services, support and program offerings to students. Faculty and staff who identify with the African American community as members and allies will also be able to connect with students who need to know that there is support within university units to make sure they successfully complete their degree at Ohio State in a safe and inclusive environment. For more information please contact Katherine Betts,


National Coming Out Day

NCOD is an internationally-observed awareness day for coming out and discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBTQ) issues. It is observed on October 11 every year by members of the LGBTQ communities and their allied supporters. In addition to programming around this event, each year the GLBT Alumni Society coordinates a two-page ad in the Lantern to raise general campus awareness about the day and its meaning. For more information contact Jeff Perkins at


Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

This annual event showcases local community elders who share knowledge about the celebration of Kwanzaa. This event is co-sponsored by the Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus, The Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center and the Student Life Multicultural Center. Student organizations are encouraged to participate. For more information please contact Katherine Betts,


The Revolution

The Revolution is a series of facilitated dialogues and activities, wherein participants come together to create more connections and meaningfully engage with student leaders around campus committed to diversity and social justice work. SLMCC staff selects a certain number of students to invite toward ensuring that we have a range of people from different backgrounds and identities included. Together, we share a transformative experience in which we are able to deeply and meaningfully explore the significance of our and others' social identities and learn about ways we can advocate for each other, ultimately working toward positive social change for our campus and local community. For more information, or to apply to participate, contact Angie Wellman