Awareness Programs

The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement provides a variety of awareness programs in order to celebrate differences while providing a learning environment to the larger population.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th)

This month was created to recognize the contributions of the Hispanic and Latino Americans. Furthermore, this is the time to learn more about the history and legacy within the Hispanic and Latino community. For more information please click here

International Month (September 15th - October 15th)

This month was created to recognize and highlight the diverse global influences within our community, and celebrate our international students and opportunities. 

National Coming Out Day (October 11th) 

Millikin University will provides programs to celebrate National Coming Out Day. National Coming Out Day is an opportunity to celebrate coming out and raise awareness of the LGBTQ community. The date October 11th was chosen because of the National March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights on October 11, 1987. For more information please go to the Human Rights Campaign.

Diwali (October 19th, 2017) 

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu Festival of Lights celebration that is celebrated in the autumn. It spiritually signifies the celebration of light over darkness. Millikin has hosted a Diwali event with food, dancing, music, and a many candles and sparklers. 

Asian Pacific Islander Month (Celebrated Nationally in May, celebrated at Millikin in October) 

This month was developed to honor and celebrate the Asican Pacific Islander culture and influences in our nation. At Millikin, we celebrate this month in October! 

Native American Heritage Month (November) 

During the month November we will be celebrating Native Heritage Month. This is a month designated to acknowledge and celebrate what the first Americans made to our society. In August 1990 George Bush declared the month of November as Native American Heritage Month. For more information please click here.

Winter Celebrations around the world (December)

In early December, Millikin takes an evening to honor and highlight all of the various celebrations that happen globally during the winter months. We have invited various groups and representatives to come in and help highlight events like Winter Solstice, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Advent, The India Kite Festival, Chinese New Year, and Hanukah.
Kwanzaa is a celebration first honored in 1966-1967 as the first recognized specifically African American holiday. Built around seven principles, this holiday is celebreated December 26 - January 1st. 

Black History Month (February)

In 1976 Black History Week transitioned into Black History Month and was recognized by the US Government. Since 1926, the United States of America has recognized and celebrated the achievements of African Americans. The month of February was determined as the month because it marked the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Fredrick Douglass. For more information please click here.

Women's History Month (March) 

In 1911, United States of America began celebrating woman with International Women's Day. The celebration evolved into a full month in 1987. During Women's History Month the focus is to celebrate women leadership and also provide awareness of woman issues. For more information please click here.