Heritage Months

MESA celebrates and supports students and student organizations through heritage and history months, including Arab Heritage Month, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Black History Month, Latinx Heritage Month, and Native American Heritage Month.


Fall semester

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 expanded to a month-long celebration in 1988. The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) helps lead the Latinx Heritage Month efforts at the University of Michigan.

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.


Winter semester

Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual observance dedicated to honoring and commemorating the achievements, contributions, and rich cultural heritage of Black individuals and communities throughout history. Black History Month started as “Negro History Week,” an idea of distinguished historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has also officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.

Arab Heritage Month

Arab Heritage Month celebrates the Arab American history, culture, and traditions, and pays tribute to the contributions of Arab Americans and Arabic-speaking Americans. While National Arab American Heritage Month is marked in April, we recognize the month from mid-March to mid-April at U-M.