Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

Arab Heritage Month

Welcome to Arab Heritage Month at the University of Michigan! MESA's priority is to support everyone's, health, wellness, and safety. In adhering to the university's announcement, we canceled physical programming for Arab Heritage Month 2020 and have shifted to online engagements. From March 23rd to April 17th, we will be sharing and celebrating Arab, Southwest Asian, and North African culture through a variety of posts Mon/Wed/Fri on MESA’s Instagram (@mesauofm) and Facebook (/MesaUofM) pages. Stay updated with our pages for future virtual engagements for the month! 

AHM 2020 Calendar

Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

About Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

****MESA's priority is to support everyone's health, wellness, and safety. In adhering to the university's announcement, we are canceling events and exploring shifting a few events to an online platform. For the most updated information, please refer to this webpage. Stay tuned! 

Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (A/PIA Heritage Month) is a university-wide celebration of Asian/Pacific Islander American heritage. While the month is federally recognized in May, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and the United Asian American Student Organizations (UAAO) celebrate the month from mid-March to mid-April, with a diverse range of events that honor A/PIA history, heritage, community, and identities.

A/PIA Heritage Month Calendar

Black History Month

About Black History Month

Black History Month is a celebration in February of the achievements and historiographies of African Americans. 

The celebration’s history starts with Carter G. Woodson, an American historian, author, and journal. In September of 1915, Woodson founded what is now known today as the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), an organization dedicated to researching, promoting, and preserving the lives, history, and culture by black Americans and other peoples of African descent. In 1926, ASALH sponsored a national Negro History week. The event grew from local communities to college campuses. By 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month.

Latinx Heritage Month

About Latinx Heritage Month

Latinx Heritage Month is celebrated nationally from September 15th - October 15th. Starting in 1968, Americans observed what was called, "Hispanic Heritage Week," this was expenaded to a month long celebration in 1988. Currently the Office of Multi-Ethnic student affairs helps lead the Latinx Heritage Month efforts at the University of Michigan. 

Latinx Heritage Month 2020 Calendar of Events

Native American Heritage Month

About Native American Heritage Month

Although the first "American Indian Day" was celebrated in May 1916 in New York, a month-long recognition of Native Americans did not happen until 1990. That year, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Since then, the title has expanded to celebrate the heritage, history, art, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.