The Multicultural Center (MCC) welcomes the entire student body to be involved in MCC-sponsored events. These events are designed to acclimate students to the University environment, introduce them to important information, and provide them experiences that will help them develop lifelong skills to succeed in their collegiate and postgraduate careers.
The MCC offers events that support and advance the University's commitment to diversity outlined in the University's Strategic Plan.
Traditional events hosted by the Multicultural Center include:
The Essence of Excellence is an inclusive program designed to address topics relevant to people of African American and/or Latinx heritage.
The Multicultural Center sponsors a number of events throughout the month of February in recognition of Black History Month.
The annual Cultural Diversity Welcome Reception helps participants build bridges and friendships within the USI community while emphasizing academic excellence. It is a fun and exciting way to begin a college career.
The Cultural Diversity Welcome Reception is designed to help new students and their family members build bridges and friendships within the USI community while emphasizing academic excellence. It is a fun and exciting way to begin college in an informal setting with faculty, staff, returning students, alumni, trustees, and employees which include the president and provost of the University. In addition, tables are on hand offering information on the services and programs of Academic Skills, the Honors Program, the Counseling Center, the Multicultural Center, and Student Development.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Celebration features a prominent, successful African American keynote speaker and attracts a large crowd from throughout the community. Past speakers have included actors, journalists, judges,
The event is sponsored by the USI Multicultural Center and other sponsors, which vary each year.
Brought to you by the Multicultural Center, the Gospel Explosion hosted by Designed by Grace, USI's Gospel Choir, and features special guest performances from churches and groups located right here in the Tri-State. The event a cooperative program of the Multicultural Center and the College of Liberal Arts. Designed by Grace performs a variety of music including spirituals and hymns. Members of Designed by Grace challenge audiences to face diversity as a new ascertainable goal.
This show is part of Religious Awareness Month.
The Multicultural Center sponsors a number of events throughout the academic year that embraces and celebrates Latinx heritage, identities, and history. These events/programs include, but are not limited to:
- Latinx Heritage Month Speaker
- Latin Rhythms
- Pan Dulce
- Latinx Film
Latinx Heritage Month Speaker: During Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), the Multicultural Center hosts a guest speaker who focuses on the complexities of Latinos in the United States, whether that be culture, identity, immigration, or even history. The event is not only inspirational and educational, but it also allows students to embrace the celebration and the occasion of Latinx Heritage Month.
Latin Rhythms: Music is a key part of all cultures. Within Latin America, there are various styles of music, dance, and cultural celebrations. By engaging in the music and dancing, you are opening yourself to something new. It opens a window to how the Latinx community celebrates their culture(s) and their identity. By attending one or all three of the dance classes, not only will you learn the basic steps to different styles of dance, but you will also familiarize yourself with the traditional sounds/rhythms of Latin America. The classes consist of Salsa, Merengue, and Bachata. These are intro-level classes in which all students can participate regardless of dance experience.
Pan Dulce: Each country around the world has its own traditional flavors, dishes, and eatery. Throughout Latin America, you will find various kinds of pan dulce (sweet bread/baked goods) that people enjoy. Through Pan Dulce Wednesday, we combine the experience of trying a traditional Latin American pan dulce with an intentional conversation about Latinx issues. These conversations can range from identity, culture, traditions, immigration, being a Latinx student in college, etc. We provide a safe space where students can share who they are, what they are going through, and what they are thinking without judgment or criticism. Pan Dulce is held once a month starting in September.
USI Live at the Apollo is a popular campus-wide event that showcases students using their talents in skits, songs, dance, instrumental numbers, monologues, or other creative acts.
Phenomenal Women, held during Women's History Month at the University of Southern Indiana, honors and celebrates women from all walks of life who have made contributions to diversity in the
The Multicultural Center's Annual Recognition and Awards Reception recognizes students, faculty, and staff who have participated in and assisted with programs, services, and events sponsored by the Center. The Center also recognizes students for their academic successes.
The reception generates student participation in campus-based programs and encourages excellence in scholastic studies during the academic year. It offers students an incentive to complete their studies and enhance their educational careers.