Multicultural Affairs organizes events and workshops that stimulate learning, activate dialogue, and encourage connections.
Over 20 affinity- or identity-based student groups receive sponsorship and advising from Multicultural Affairs in organizing their events, panels, workshops, artist talks, and intersectionality critiques.
Events hosted by Multicultural Affairs include Artist Talks, Artist-hosted participative workshops, staff-facilitated workshops, student exhibitions, as well as opportunities to connect with resources in the city of Chicago.
Multicultural Affairs Advisory Committee (MAAC) is a monthly convening of student leaders, and any interested students to share resources, have an open dialogue about ideas, and collaborate on initiatives and events for the community. MAAC meetings are a good opportunity to learn about all the affinity groups in the community and learn about getting involved.
MAAC invites all interested students to join on any of the meetings and events. Food, and dialogue is always provided.
MAAC Spring 2020 Meetings will occur on:
Tuesday, February 18, 2020; 4:15pm - 5:45pm in Sharp 205
Thursday, March 12, 2020; 4:15pm - 5:45pm im Sharp 205
Wednesday, April 8, 2020; 4:15pm - 5:45pm in Sharp 205
Wednesday, May 6, 2020; 4:15pm - 5:45pm in Sharp 205
Below are the active student affinity groups for 2019-20 academic year. These groups make up one-third of all active student groups. More information on each student group, their events and meetings, and contact information are on http://engage.saic.edu. For questions about how to get involved, or to start a new group, contact the Director of Student Affairs for Diversity and Inclusion, Katrina Valera, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asian and Asian American Students at SAIC
Black Student Union
Chinese Critique Salon
Chinese Students and Scholars Association
HerCampus at SAIC
International Student Group for Worldwide Engagement
Iranian Studies Group
Korean Graduate Student Community
Korean Student Association
The League of Extraordinary Genders
Muslims of SAIC
Native American Student Association
South Asian Student Association
Students Advocacy and Alliance for Health and Disability
Students for Justice in Palestine
Taiwanese Student Association
More information to come soon regarding the following annual events:
Korean Cultural Festival hosted by Korean Student Association
Chuseok is a holiday celebrated in Korean culture. This annual event of thanksgiving includes traditional Korean fare, performances, and games.
Mid-Autumn Festival hosted by the Chinese Students and Scholars Association
The Mid-Autumn Festival is a harvest festival celebrated in Chinese culture each year on the 15th day of the 8th month of the Lunar Calendar. Also called "Moon Cake Day," this celebration is a gathering of families and friends to give thanks to the unions, the harvest, and pray for good fortune.
Recurring Shabbat Dinners hosted by SAIC Hillel
As Friday afternoon becomes Friday evening, SAIC Hillel celebrates Shabbat. These dinners are spaces for students in the Jewish tradition, as well as others looking to learn more about the Jewish tradition and culture. Shabbat meals are hosted each week and rotate among the different colleges and universities affiliated with Metro Chicago Hillel.
Diwali Festival of Lights hosted by South Asian Student Association
Diwali is the Festival of Lights. This annual celebration, organized by South Asian Student Association, features an evening of dance, music, fun, and food.
Decolonization Dinner hosted by LATINXS UNIDXS, Native American Student Association, South Asian Student Association, Students for Justice in Palestine, Asian and Asian American Students at SAIC
This collaboratively organized dinner brings together people who want to create inclusive communities and learn from each other's narratives as a performative means to resist cultural erasure. Multicultural affinity groups united to have conversations about decolonizing histories, academia, and the social environment.
Lunar New Year hosted by Korean Student Association, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, and Taiwanese Student Association
Another collaborative program, Lunar New Year is a festival celebrated in Chinese, Korean, and Taiwanese culture. The festivities include life musical performances, performances from student dance crews, interactive games, and delicious food.
Asian Pacific Island Heritage Month hosted by Asian and Asian American Students at SAIC
This symposium and dinner, invites speakers to talk about art and activism within the Asian American context. The conversations over dinner discuss the lived experience of those who hold Asian Pacific Island identity. This conversation and event aims to celebrate the diverse and multidimensional narratives of the Asian American experience.
If you would like to be updated on events and initiatives through Multicultural Affairs, please email email@example.com to be added to our mailing list.
You can also view and subscribe to Multicultural Affairs and Affinity Group events in your google calendar here.
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