Annual Heritage Celebrations

Lunch & Learn Series

In the fall of 2017, the Multicultural Student Center launched a series of inclusive practice workshops and presentations designed to provide students, faculty and staff members with information, tools, and practical tactics for working most effectively with students from a broad range of backgrounds and identity groups. The purpose of this initiative is to foster and sustain a welcoming environment as well as helping students find a sense of belonging at UMaine.

All meetings will be held in the Multicultural Student Center (unless otherwise noted) from 12-1 pm and lunch is provided. Please join us on the third floor, room 312 in the Memorial Union for some thought-provoking conversations! No RSVP needed! 

Lunch & Learn Fall 2018 Schedule (Fall 2019 Schedule TBA)

Wednesday, September 19th; 12-1 pm

  • Free Speech vs Hate Speech
  • Are you interested in learning the differences between free speech vs hate speech? Then join us in the multicultural center as our experts on this topic define the differences and what this means for students.

Wednesday, September 26th; 12-1 pm

  • Lunch and Learn Series. 
  • Location, Multicultural Center, 12 pm – 1 pm.  Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and discuss the ethnic diversity among the Latinx and Hispanic community in the United States. This discussion will be facilitated by Professor Villacorta Gonzales and Daniela Stuck, a graduate student. 

Wednesday, October 3rd; 12-1 pm

  • Mano en Mano(Hand in Hand) 
  • Come visit us as we learn more about the Hispanic community in Downeast Maine and their contribution to the local economy with Ian Yaffe, Director of Mano en Mano.

*Mano en Mano is an organization that works with farmworkers and immigrants in Downeast Maine. 

Wednesday, October 17th; 12-1 pm

  • Cultural Appropriation
  • As Halloween, Day of The Dead, and other observances approach, it is important to remember that cultural appropriation can be both intentional and unintentional. Join us as we discuss common examples of cultural appropriations and ways in which you can increase your knowledge and awareness of other cultures and heritage celebrations.

Wednesday, October 31st; 12-1pm

  • Dia de Los Muertos 
  • Dia de Los Muertos or also referred to as the Day of the Dead is a two-day festival that takes place every November 1 and 2. Although most strongly identified with Mexico, Dia de Los Muertos is celebrated in many Latin American countries and in many parts of the United States with a Latinx population. 

Wednesday, November 14th; 12-1 pm

  • Celebrating Native American Heritage Month 
  • Join us and learn more about the diverse Native American culture with Maulian Dana, Ambassador of the Penobscot Nation. Maulian will discuss the renaming of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day in Orono, Maine and other parts of the United States.

Wednesday, November 28th; 12-1 pm

  • American Indian Student Organization (AISO) 
  • Come and support our Native students, staff, & faculty as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month and the significance of this important month with those who identify as Natives.

Wednesday, December 12th; 12-1 pm

  • Winter holiday observances
  • Join us for a moment of reflection and cultural awareness as we discuss faith, & spiritual celebrations among various cultures during the winter solstice. This discussion will highlight holidays & observances that begin at the end of our Fall Semester & continue through our Winter Break.

All meetings are held in the Multicultural Student Center (unless otherwise noted) and lunch is provided. The Multicultural Student Center is located on the third floor, room 312 in the Memorial Union. No RSVP needed! See you there! 

This series has been funded with generous support from the Alton ’38 and Adelaide Hamm Campus Activity Fund