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Check out the signature programs that we offer at Multicultural Student Affairs:

Symposium for Multicultural Scholars

The Symposium is a summer educational and transitional experience sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Offices of Native American, African American, Asian American/Pacific Islander and Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs. Its purpose is to foster a sense of community for incoming first-year students and to provide them with information about campus support, personnel, coping strategies, and their cultural heritage as a basis for helping ensure their academic, social and emotional success at NC State.

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Peer Mentor Program

The program began in 1980 and paired freshmen with faculty and staff who served as mentors by making contact with them and by offering assistance throughout their freshman year. Today, the Peer Mentor Program is stronger and more effective in aiding the academic, emotional, and social adjustment of not only African American students, but all culturally diverse first year students.

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Latinx Heritage Month

During National Hispanic Heritage Month (Latinx Heritage Month, here at NC State) September 15 to October 15, we recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latinx Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture.


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Held each year during the fall semester, Salsabor is an NC State tradition where students, faculty, and the neighboring community come together to enjoy the rich sounds of música latina.

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Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is dedicated to recognizing and honoring Indigenous cultures across the country. During this month at NC State, Multicultural Student Affairs hosts a myriad of events for Native students to celebrate their unique and vibrant traditions and tribes and for the larger campus community to come together to learn more about Native tribes and communities.

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Kwanzaa, an African American holiday, was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga to introduce and reinforce seven basic principles of African culture: Unity, Self- Determination, Collective Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity, and Faith. The holiday is officially celebrated December 26 to January 1. Due to NC State’s academic calendar, it is celebrated early while students are still on campus.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day

NC State is the first University in the State of North Carolina to recognize Indigenous People’s Day rather than Columbus Day. This is monumental in that it shows incredible progression in the realm of historical accuracy and recognition of Native resilience.  Indigenous People’s Day is celebrated on the second Monday in October and Multicultural Student Affairs hosts an event featuring a drumming performance, speakers, and monologues from Native students.  The entire campus community is invited and encouraged to attend.

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Freshman Honors Convocation

Held each year at the beginning of the spring semester, the Freshman Honors Convocation recognizes African American, Native American and Hispanic/Latino first year students who achieve a 3.0 or higher grade point average during their first semester at NC State. NC State is proud to have consistently honored 40% or more of these freshman classes for the last several years. The convocation has expanded over the years to include the families of student honorees. In addition, awards are presented to the colleges that have 50% or more of their combined first year African American, Native American and Hispanic/Latino students to achieve a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

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Black History Month

Since 2006, Multicultural Student Affairs has provided an annual campus-wide Black History Month calendar for February!

Learn more about past and upcoming Black History Month Calendars. . .

Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive experience that examines contemporary issues of race, class, domestic violence, religion, body image, gender identification, and discriminatory forms and processes. Participants are guided through a series of scenes that aim to educate and challenge them to think more deeply about these issues.

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Pow Wow

Powwows are social gatherings of hundreds of Native Americans who follow dances started centuries ago by their ancestors and that continually evolve to include contemporary aspects. These events of feasting, drum music and dance are attended by Natives and non-Natives, all of whom join in the dancing and take advantage of the opportunity to see old friends and teach the traditional ways to a younger generation.

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Multicultural Graduation Celebration

We hosted the first Multicultural Graduation Celebration in December 2016 to congratulate graduates in the multicultural community here at NC State on their recent accomplishments. This event will now be included in our signature programming in December and May of each year.

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