MSU Denver

CMEI Annual Events

Below is the rundown of special events that you can expect to see on campus. 

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.

Host of ceremony looking at Rowdy saying Hello to students

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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. 

Meet the Greeks

Presented by Fraternity & Sorority Life

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!  

Group photo of students from MSU Denver Multicultural Greek Organizations


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. 

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students walking across campus

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

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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.


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. 

National First-Gen Celebration Week

National First-Gen Celebration Week is a time for MSU Denver to celebrate our trailblazing students. First-generation students are not only the first in their families to earn a bachelor’s degree but are strong, powerful, and resilient leaders. First-gen students are dedicated to pursuing their academic goals, and we are proud of all they have accomplished.

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Julie Le participates in MSU Denver’s annual Illuminate conference.

Julie Le participates in MSU Denver's annual Illuminate conference.


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.

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 for 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.



Fraternity & Sorority Life Yard Show

Presented by the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)

The Annual Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) 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.

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. The 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. The 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 Denver campus.

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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. 

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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.

Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Heritage Month

(May 1 – May 31) Celebrated in April by the CMEI due to Academic Schedule

Asian Pacific Islander 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. Due to the nature of our academic schedule, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) recognizes APIDA History Month during the month of April. The CMEI and our partners collaborate every year to create programming surrounding the experiences and issues of the APIDA community. Through our events, we celebrate the vast diversity within the APIDA identity and bring to light issues that our community is experiencing in order to grow and heal.


CMEI Specialty Graduation Celebrations

Several MSU Denver organizations host special celebrations on campus for graduating students. These celebrations highlight the achievements of students in their own unique way. Some are culturally based, others are based on a specific academic programs. Visit the MSU Denver commencement website for a full list of specialty celebrations. Below you can find more information on each of the specialty celebrations hosted by the CMEI.

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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Specialty Celebration

Graduation is such a big honor for you, your family, and the Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) community. We are all so very proud of you. We hope that your graduation is only the beginning of many more remarkable achievements in your life. The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) will be reaching out to congratulate you for major academic accomplishment and taking the next steps in your life journey.


First-Generation Graduation

Congratulations to all first-generation graduates. To be the first in your family to graduate is a big accomplishment and we are proud of you. The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) is proud of all your achievements and we want to congratulate you! Now that commencement is fast approaching, we are excited to give you your first-generation honor’s cord.

A man bestowing a stole onto a graduate

Native and Indigenous Specialty Celebration & Blanket Wrapping Ceremony

Graduation is such a big honor for you, your family, and the Native Indigenous community. We are all so very proud of you! We hope that your graduation is only the beginning of many more remarkable achievements in your life! The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI), and the Native Indigenous Student Alliance (NISA) will be reaching out to congratulate you for major academic accomplishment and taking the next steps in your life journey.

Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI)

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