Office of Student Life

Multicultural Center

Welcome Week

Whether you are a new incoming student, returning for another year or transferring from another campus or university, The Student Life Multicultural Center Welcome Week Events are an excellent opportunity to start your year successfully with your Buckeye Community!

Each of these events aims to help you become more familiar with the resources that the MCC offers, learn about student organizations to get involved with, and highlight avenues for you to get connected to all that Ohio State has to offer. You belong here!


Native American and Indigenous Student Welcome

Join the Ohio State Native Americanand Indigenous community for a welcome back event during Welcome Week! This is an opportunity to meet new and incoming students as well as learn more about NAISI programs and initiatives scheduled for the upcoming academic year.

The Welcome Gathering is a great opportunity to begin to become familiar with your home away from home! This year's Welcome will be held on Monday, August 23 from 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Student Life Multicultural Center Alonso Family Room.

Contact Melissa Beard Jacob at with any questions.


Latinx Welcome Cookout

The Latinx Welcome Cookout is a celebration for the start of the school year with Ohio State’s Latino and Latin American communities. It is a great opportunity for new students, faculty and staff to get involved, make new friends, network and while enjoying free food and fun activities. 

This year's Welcome will be held on Monday, August 23 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in the Ohio Union Potter Plaza.


LGBTQ Welcome (Back) Mix and Mingle

Come kick off the school year at the LGBTQ Welcome Back Mixer! Here you will have the chance to connect with other students and learn about LGBTQ+ resources on campus and in Columbus. Whether you're looking for a student organization to get involved in, want to meet new people or need help navigating Columbus, this fun event will provide the resources you need! Light refreshments will be served.This year's Mix and Mingle is on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 from 4 - 6 PM in Great Hall Meeting Room 3, which is located on the first floor of the Ohio Union.  Please RSVP at If you have any questions, contact Ari Grubaugh.


APIDA Student Welcome and Showcase

Looking to connect with new friends in the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi-American (APIDA) community? Attend the APIDA Student Welcome & Showcase taking place on Wednesday, August 25 at 6 pm in the Performance Hall of the Ohio Union!

This event is an opportunity to learn more about different student organizations with a table fair, meet students and staff who will share information about the resources available in the Student Life Multicultural Center, and also a chance to see some really great performances by our student community.

Stop by, grab a snack, and get connected!


Women's Welcome Week Community Gathering

The Student Life Multicultural Center's Women Student Initiatives (WSI) is excited to welcome new and returning students to Ohio State! Start the school year the best way, by exploring the many new and exciting academic, social and leadership development opportunities available through WSI and its campus partners. The Women's Welcome Event is open to all women-identified members of the Ohio State community and their allies.This gathering will include networking with Ohio State stakeholders that are focused on supporting women-identified folks or issues.

This year's Welcome will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Ohio Union Cartoon Room (3rd Floor).

Registertion will be published in Summer 2022.

Contact Madison Eagle at with any questions.


African American Family Reunion

The African American Family Reunion is an event welcoming first-year and transfer students, as well as a welcome home gathering for returning students. The Reunion is taking place on Friday, August 27 at 5:30 pm in the Cartoon Room of the Ohio Union.

This event consists of a table fair showcasing Black student organizations and campus resources, great music, and great food. This year’s Reunion also features the NPHC Yard Show, which will begin at 7:30 pm at the Browning Amphitheater.  

The African American Family Reunion is a collaboration between the Student Life Multicultural Center, the Black Student Association (BSA), NPHC, and the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, along with other campus partners.

Get acquainted with the Black OSU student community, make a plate, and enjoy the show!


First-Generation College Student Welcome Fest

Did either/any of your parents complete a four-year college degree? If you answered no, then you are a first-generation college student, and being the first in your family to attend college is something to be proud of!  Welcome to campus--we’re glad you’re here!

Whether you are a new incoming student, returning for another year, or transferring in from another campus or university, the Student Life Multicultural Center is here to offer you a home away from home. We look forward to meeting you at the First-Gen Welcome Fest on Saturday, August 28 at 3:00 p.m. in the Student Life Multicultural Center, located in the Ohio Union.

Come meet other first-gen students, check out the Center, learn about the Buckeyes First student organization, and other campus resources!