Social & Co-Curricular Interaction Just for You

Millikin University is committed to creating a campus culture that respects and values diversity while providing a variety of different opportunities to celebrate differences in an inclusive community. Whether you want to participate in a multicultural student organization, attend a cultural event, or challenge yourself through exploring your social identities the Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement provides a variety of programs and student organizations in order to celebrate differences while providing a learning environment to the larger population.

Cultural, Awareness, Historical & Heritage Programming

Hispanic Heritage Month (fall, 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 (fall, 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 (fall, 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 (fall) 

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 (fall, 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 (fall, 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 celebrated December 26 - January 1st. 

MLK Vigil (spring, January)

The Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement provides a time to reflect on the leadership and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Faculty, staff, and students talk about the impact that Martin Luther King Jr. made on society as well as individually.

Black History Month (spring, 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 (spring, 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.

Conversation on Race (spring, April)

For the past several years, Millikin University, in conjunction with Richland Community College and Decatur Public School District 61, has provided a two-part series addressing race relations in the Decatur community. These events take place in the spring semester and are free and open to the public.

Dialogue Series

This series provides participants and opportunity to explore different multicultural topics. Topics have ranged from male engagement to exploring poverty in the community. If you are interested in presenting or would like to learn more about this series please contact Molly Berry, Director of the office of Inclusion and Student Engagement at ise@millikin.edu.

Tunnel of Oppression

The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive program designed to illuminate the issues of oppression that have historically occurred and that still take place in today's society. Each group is led by their student tour guide through a series of active and passive scenarios in which they are exposed to various types of oppressive behaviors and experiences. Potential issues addressed include inequality, body image, disability, domestic violence, religion, and other diverse issues.

Cookie Party

On December 13, 1934 the first Cookie Party, then referred to as the Christmas Tea, was held in the browsing room of Gorin Library. The event was hosted by the Millikin Dames, an organization for women on Millikin's staff and wives of faculty members and trustees.

The Christmas Tea, an annual holiday event in honor of Millikin students, was held in the Gorin Library until 1960. The original teas were rather formal events with the use of silver tea services and members of the Millikin Dames as servers.

In 1960 the location of the tea was moved to the University Center. In 1964 the Christmas Tea was renamed the Cookie Party. The Cookie Party has been held in the Richards Treat University Center since its opening.

Student music ensembles have long provided the musical entertainment for the Cookie Parties. Music at the Cookie Party was first officially noted in the cookie party records of 1947, with Professor Harold C. Hess providing a string quartet with piano accompaniment of music "appropriate to the Christmas atmosphere." Music has been a continuous part of the Cookie Parties from that year to the present.