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September

Gay Games:

September 24th-27th

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

The Gay Games mission was to promote equality for all, in particular LGBT individuals, and to bridge the gap between the LGBT community and the athletic community.

Sports played included Kickball, Dodgeball, Flag Football, and Basketball.

Ice Cream Social:

September 28th

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Student Life

As it is a beginning for a new academic year, the Office of Multicultural Student Life hosted an informal social gathering. It was designed for members of multicultural groups to meet each other as well as the staffs in the office. The purpose of this social was to utilize this encounter for the others to create more collaboration for the future.


October

 Coming Out Week:

October 19th-27th

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

This is the week to celebrate those who publicly represent the LGBT community!

Events included – flag raising, open mic night with CASE, Comedian Sampson McCormick, AIDS testing, Shuttles with Mainers United to vote for Marriage Equality, Guess Who’s Gay, Gay Jeopardy, Night at the Maine Bound, and the Rainbow Circus!

Culturefest:

October 27th

Hosted by: International Student Association & International Program

It is a festival of cultural exhibits, traditional singing, dancing, clothing and cuisine from around the world presented by UMaine’s international students and multicultural organizations. There are also children’s activities, international style show and cultural performances throughout the day.  the event provides UMaine’s international students a showcase for their talents and traditions from as many as 70 countries and cultures from around the world. The festival usually attracts more than 1,200 visitors from campus and from across Maine.


 November

Hunger Banquet:

 November 7th

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Student Life

This event aimed to highlight the levels of poverty which exist not only in the Third World, but also in our own community here in Maine. The evening included a seated dinner with a powerful display on the different types of poverty throughout our society. The banquet gathered over 200 guests and raised funding for local organizations who work all year to ease the burden on Maine’s poverty stricken families.

 

 

Peace It Together

November 8th

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Student Life

The office invited the world famous Baritone Anthony Brown to perform in the university. Anthony Brown is a promoter of peace and goodwill around the world. He uses music to promote peace and reconciliation in countries where peoples’ lives are torn by war and civil strife. He collaborated with Voices for Peace, an Eastern Maine choral group to celebrate peace, hope and justice through music

UMaine Got Talent:

November 9th

Hosted by: Iota Nu Kappa Multicultural Fraternity Inc.

First annual talent show that was open for all UMaine students with a chance to show off their unique talent. Aside from the making it an entertaining show, this was also a fundraising event for the International Testicular Cancer Foundation. The show was hosted in the Hauck Auditorium with over 300 people.

Gay Thanksgiving:

November 15th

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

Potluck dinner to support all students who may not be supported elsewhere, and to provide them with a safe space for them to celebrate thanksgiving with others!

Transgender Day of Remembrance:

November 19th

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

A speech was given by Mr. Wayne Maines and a candle-light service in remembrance of those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.


 December

 Starlight Soul Bright Masquerade:

Dec 1st

Hosted by: Student Heritage Alliance Council

A formal ball dance event that was hosted in the Buchanan Alumni House with the dedication to raise money for Make-A-Wish foundation. Other than the dance, the event also set up different station for hanna tattoo and tarot card reading. The event successfully attract over 150 students and raised over $1,000 dollars for a good cause.

Secret Snowflake:

December 6th and the 13th

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

This event offered a way for many people to give and receive a gift at low cost. It promoted random and deliberate acts of kindness and generosity, which can change a person’s life forever.

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January

M.L.K Day of Service:

January 21

Hosted by: The Office of Multicultural Student Life

The office has always been in collaboration with Bodwell Center for the Day of Service in the YMCA. There are different sections that are set up for students in grades 3 to 5 and their parents to learn about about diversity, the life and ideas of Martin Luther King. The programs aim to teach and promote multiculturalism in youth. The group activities include craft projects, deaf-culture awareness, group discussions and team-building activities.


February

Social Justice Match and Rally:

February 7th

Hosted by: Black Student Union

This was one of the major event for Black History Month that was hosted by the Black Student Union and the Office of Multicultural Student Life. It reminded us never forget to stand up for something we believe.  There was also a luncheon right after the March in the Bangor Room with Professor Doug Allen at noon. He talked about a topic called ‘The Real Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Fake King: Why King’s Philosophy and Methods are Relevant Today.” Prior to the event, there was a sign making program hosted during Coffee Hour and promoted the event.This sign making program was marked as the start for Black History Month in the year of 2013.

FYE: Lunar New Year Program:

February 8th,

Hosted by: Asian Student Association

This year’s Lunar New Year Program was invited to be hosted for the First Year Experience in Knox Hall. The group designed multiple activities stations to celebrate this special holiday. The activities included lantern making, chopstick challenge, spring roll workshop, and more.

Lesbi-Honest:

February 13th

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

This newlywed’s style game was open to everyone regardless of sexual orientations, just a fun Valentine’s Day event to see how well you know your partner or friend!

International Dance Festival:

February 16th,

Hosted by: International Student Association & International Program

The International Dance Festival (IDF) was a student-led initiative which started in 2004. Only several years later, it is one of the biggest and most anticipated events on campus by the whole UMaine community and the broader Bangor area. IDF showcases an array of traditional music, dance and costumes of some of the 400 international students at UMaine. It is held annually on the third Saturday of February at the Collins Center for the Arts.

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Reclaim Your Heart – Finding the road back to God:

February 23rd

Hosted by: Muslim Student Association

Author and blogger Yasmin Mogahed was invited to campus by MSA and the Honors College for Islamic Awareness Weekend. She was known for her insights for Muslim spirituality, relationships, personal development and Islamic matters such as fasting and Ramadan and the Quran. She had advocated for a less traditional approach to how the tenets of the faith are taught to children and converts. She was also one of the few female Muslim speakers who was not an academic.

For information about Mogahed, visit yasminmogahed.com.

Black History Month Film Series:

February 5h, 12th, 19th, 26th,

Hosted by: Black Student Union

This was an one-month ongoing film series that were put up by the Black Student Union for Black History Month. The movies were School Daze, Hotel Rwanda, Blood Done Sign My Name and Roads to Memphis. Those were all well-made movies that made a well presentation for black history.


March

Allyship – Becoming a Champion for Inclusion on Your Campus:

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

Hudson Taylor (a straight ally) came to speak to the athletic population on campus. He is an effective LGBT rights advocate that is on a mission to unite people and build allies among athletes. The event was open to all students and faculty on campus.

Jennifer Boylan:

March 21st

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

Jenny Boylan is an American author, political activist, and professor of English at Colby College in Maine. She is a Trans woman. She spoke about her two books, “She’s not there” and “Stuck in the middle with you.”

Islam Awareness Weekend:

March 22nd and 23rd

Hosted by: Muslim Student Association

In collaboration of by the MSA, the ICMO and the Honors College, free public lectures by Yassir Fazaga was invited to give out two presentations in the university. He is the religious leader of the Orange County Islamic Foundation in Mission Viejo, Calif. Fazaga’s first presentation, was called the “Misconceptions about Islam,” and his second presentation called “Psychology of a Terrorist” as part of the annual Open House at the Islamic Center of Maine. Each presentation had attracted over 200 audience.

TRANS…The Movie with Producer Mark Schoen:

March 28th

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

This movie was shown to educate students and faculty on campus about TRANS issues. It is one of the few documentaries done right. There was also a great question and answer afterward with the producer of the film, Mark Schoen.

UMaine Amazing Race:

March 30th

Hosted by: International Student Association & Student Heritage Alliance Council

This event fostered collaboration among our diverse student populations as well as provide an excellent opportunity to educate students about global issues and topics. The UMaine Amazing Race featured a combination of physical and intellectual challenges undertaken by 10-15 teams.  The challenges were scored and the winning teams take home a cash prize that was sponsored by the International Program.


April

Spring Preview Weekend:

April 5th and 6th

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Student Life

Spring Preview Weekend is designed to introduce accepted first year students of color to the campus community and surrounding area. During the weekend, students take part in educational and social activities, panel discussions and more. This year, we had roughly about 16 high school seniors from all areas of the U.S who have been accepted to UMaine but still deciding on where to go to their undergraduate career. After the two-day session, over 80% of the those students chose to enroll in UMaine.

Pride Week:

April 8th-13th

Hosted by: Wild Stein & Rainbow Resource Center

This is the week to be proud of who you are.

Events included: Flag raising, comedian Cindy Foster, queer entertainment night, F to eMbody (transsexual performance), Guess Who’s Gay, Out for Work (hosted by Career Center), Rainbow Rave with DJ LGBT, and the student Drag Show.

Taste of Asia:

April 28th,

Host by: Asian Student Association (ASA)

In celebration of Asian Heritage Month, ASA hosted the annual event called Taste of Asia that is open for all students and communities around the Orono area. The idea of Taste of Asia is not only about tasting Asian cuisines, but a taste of Asian culture.

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The Office of Multicultural Student Life
5748 Memorial Union
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: (207) 581-1428 | Fax: (207) 581-9381E-mail: OMSL@umit.maine.edu
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Orono, Maine 04469
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