Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion
Below is the rundown of special events that you can expect to see on campus.
CMEI Annual Events
Convocation: Roadrunner Rally?
The official welcome for all new students and the start of their college career. This kick-off event serves as a "bookend" to each student's academic journey, with Convocation: Roadrunner Rally as the opening ceremony and commencement as the final goal.
Fall & Spring Welcome Weeks
Whether you are a new or returning student to MSU Denver, the start of a new semester is an exciting time on the Auraria Campus. Welcome Week festivities take place during the first week of each semester, and provide an opportunity to build Roadrunner pride, meet other students, and to get connected to various campus resources and programs.
Fraternity & Sorority Life Presents: Meet the Greeks
The Fraternity & Sorority Life community invites all students interested in a joining a Fraternity or Sorority to attend this kickoff event to Fall intake/recruitment. If you want to learn more about our historically Black, Latinx, White or Multicultural fraternities and sororities then plan to attend!
Multicultural Student Welcome
Celebrate the rich culture and diversity of our MSU Denver community while engaging with different campus departments and organizations to familiarize incoming Roadrunners with our various resources and departments to make them feel welcome and excited about their college experience.
Latinx Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15):
Latinx Heritage Month, federally designated as Hispanic Heritage Month in 1988, is observed from September 15th to October 15th by celebrating the rich historical and cultural legacies of individuals whose ancestors came from the Caribbean, Central and South America, Spain, and Mexico. The day of September 15th is significant because it marks the anniversary of independence for multiple Latin American countries. During this 30-day period, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) and our partners in Chicana/o Studies, the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (GITA), the LGBTQ Student Resource Center, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will facilitate programs and events that highlight historical and contemporary contributions of the Latinx community to the fabric of our campus and society. The term “Latinx” relates to people of Latin American origin or descent and is used as a gender-neutral or non-binary alternative to Latina/o. That said, terms like “Hispanic” and “Latinx” are based in language that privileges non-indigenous and Black identities and center Eurocentric views of history.
Fall Fest & Spring Fling
Hosted annually at Auraria Campus, Fall Fest & Spring Fling are two-day festivals that bring together the campus community. Student organizations and campus departments promote their organizations while nonprofit and for-profit vendors invite the campus community to learn more about the products and services they provide. Enjoy some of Denver’s best food trucks on campus, free entertainment and much more.
Homecoming is a week-long celebration of MSU Denver. Each year, we promote Roadrunner pride with fun activities and athletic events.
LGBTQIA+ History Month (October 1 – October 31):
For the month of October, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion celebrates the LGBTQIA+ community which also includes October 11th, National Coming Out Day. The LGTBQIA+ community and its history are unfortunately not taught in many academic settings, which prompted Rodney Wilson, a high school teacher to dedicate an entire month to those who identify as LGBTQIA+ in 1994. CMEI hopes to create space to share, educate, celebrate, bond, and continue the fight for equality of those who identify as LGBTQIA+ with our partners, such as the LGBTQ Student Resource Center and the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (GITA), through programming and events for our community members at MSU Denver.
Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month (November 1 – November 30):
MSU Denver resides on the ancestral lands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Sioux, and Ute people, all of whom still are in an ongoing relationship with this land.?One of the ways we fight the erasure of Indigenous peoples is by recognizing the history that brought settlers, whether voluntary or formerly enslaved, to occupy this land. Here, that history is the Colorado Gold Rush of 1858 and 1859, where settlements like Auraria and Denver as well as other land grabs for gold mining that devastated the land and interrupted Ute and Cheyenne ways of living. Over the course of the next 20 years and the next rushes to take silver from the ground, the Cheyenne and Ute were displaced from this area, their homeland. By knowing this history, we can better understand our place within it and seek to be in right relationship with the people who were here before us, and with the lands we, too, must steward in our work.
In recognition of Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month in November, the Native Student Alliance in partnership with locally based organizations and the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion will be hosting a variety of events year-round to educate the campus on issues that are pertinent to the Native American and Indigenous communities. It is especially important to understand that, Native American and Indigenous communities still exist and with your support, their voices can be centered and heard. Join us, to dispel preconceived notions of indigeneity, to better understand indigenous intersectional identities, and learn more about our achievements and affirming our identity.
Each year ILLUMINATE brings together MSU Denver students for a one-day experience designed to grow confidence and connections to create change in our local communities. The program will be featured as part of the MSU Denver Martin Luther King Jr Celebrations also including the annual Peace Breakfast and the Denver Marade. Registration opens Nov. 1 2020.
Black History Month (February 1 – March 1):
Black History Month observed in February is an opportunity to honor the accomplishments and recognizes the struggles of Black folx in every area of history which is far often undervalued. The Center of Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion in conjunction with the Africana Studies Department, Black Student Alliance, and various tri-institutional offices will host a variety of events to engage our community, honor historical and contemporary accomplishments of Black folx, and amplify the voices and actions of those who continue to fight the roots of social injustices that Black folx face. In an effort to develop cultural competence and work towards representation for Black folx, while emphasizing that Black Lives Matter, we encourage all people from the community to attend our events and to engage in reflection, celebration, and open dialogue during this month.
Women’s History Month (March 1 – March 31):
Every March, our office commemorates Women’s History Month. What began simply as a Women’s History Week in the United States has evolved into an entire month full of celebration, education, and commemoration of women who come before us. CMEI celebrates this month with all who identify as women including, but not limited to women of color, trans-women, queer women, and all other marginalized groups of women. On March 8th, we also recognize International Women’s Day. CMEI hopes to create programming and events with our partners to highlight and amplify the voices of women who are continuing to create change as well as champion for the women on the MSU campus.
Fraternity & Sorority Life Yard Show
The Annual Fraternity & Sorority Life Yard Show is a signature event that allows the campus to be educated on the roots and significance of the cultural expressions of stepping, strolling and saluting through performances. The Yard Show also shows the diversity within the FSL community at MSU Denver and across the state of Colorado. The FSL community at MSU Denver is made up of majorly culturally based Greek Letter Organizations promoting Black, Latinx and other multicultural communities.
Student Organizations Involvement Expo
This event is a chance for registered student organizations to promote their organization and recruit new members through tabling, games, and fun activities. Students can learn more about the various organizations that are registered at MSU Denver. The Expo typically features fun and interactive activities, food, games, and lots of information about how to get involved in a student organization on campus.
Latinx Leadership Summit
The purpose of the Latinx Leadership Summit is to nurture the cultural pride and identity development in the Latinx community on the Auraria Campus. With these efforts we intend to build a stronger sense of community, belonging, leadership capacity, and a sense of activism that permeates our campus and local communities. This summit intentionally commemorates the work of Cesar Chavez and recognizes those in our Latinx Community whose contribution and impact are reflective of his Life, Legacy and Leadership.
Student Involvement and Leadership Awards
??Each year, over 35 individuals and groups are recognized for their efforts in creating community at MSU Denver through the Student Involvement & Leadership Awards. Nomination and selection materials available March 1, 2021
Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Heritage Month (May 1 – May 31):
Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month occurs every year during the month of May to celebrate, uplift, and educate others about the complex history and identities of those in the APIDA community. CMEI and our partners collaborate every year to create programming surrounding the experiences and issues of the APIDA community. We hope through our events, we will not only be able to celebrate the vast diversity within the APIDA identity, but also bring to light issues that our community may be facing in order to grow and heal.?
Ongoing Programming and Events
Auraria Campus Blood Drives
Since November of 1988, Auraria Campus has partnered with Vitalant (formerly Bonfils Blood Center) to help save lives through multiple on-campus blood drives. Donate blood - save a life!
Cultivating Connections was created to give students of color, multicultural students and biracial students a space to build community, develop leadership skills, and advocate for their communities on the MSU Denver Campus. Stop by to chat with students, staff and faculty about issues affecting communities of color and ways in which we could address them.
A social group open to all students on the Auraria Campus. Element events?provide a variety of fun and engaging social?activities for students to participate in on campus. This is a great way to get connected on campus while doing something fun. Element strives to foster an environment that promotes new friendships. Come find your Element!
Addresses current events and headline news in an open forum format that gives participants an opportunity to express their knowledge and opinions on the chosen topics while conferring with chosen experts on the topic. The topics for these events are chosen and facilitated by students. It’s a lunch and learn, so enjoy free lunch while you engage in a conversation about trending and/or controversial topics.
Each month we’ll play a blockbuster new release. Specific movie selection will be announced closer to movie night date. We'll provide free pizza, popcorn, and candy.
Open Mic Nights
Come show off your skills in music, poetry, comedy… you name it! The monthly Open Mic Night gives you the opportunity to share your talent in front of the Auraria campus community. Listen and relax or sign up at the show to be heard.
Student Organizations Officer Workshop Series
The Workshop Series is offered both in-person and online and covers a range of topics such as:
- How to Fundraise for your Organization
- Event Planning 101
- Officer Transition Best Practices
- Officer Meet and Greets
- Effective Recruitment Techniques
We generally offer between 1-3 workshops each semester and usually last between 45 minutes and an hour. Upcoming workshops are promoted in The Weekly Blorg and on RoadrunnerLink
Wingo Game Nights
Wings + Bingo = Wingo! Come enjoy the food, meet other Auraria campus students, all while playing bingo and other fun board games. Play for an opportunity to win awesome MSU Denver swag and prizes.