List of Events and Programs
The following events are recognized and supported by the Wake Forest Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Journeys to Success Speaker Series (J2S)
Through this series the Office of Multicultural Affairs brings distinguished speakers to campus to interact with the Wake Forest community. These speakers are renowned in their fields, and come from all levels, including international, national, and local. OMA often seeks co-sponsors for this phenomenal series, to assist in making sure that the entire campus and surrounding community benefits from their wisdom.
Past speakers have included:
Susan Taylor, Terry McMillan, and Vernon Jordan, among others.
Leadership Development Initiatives
The Office of Multicultural Affairs hosts an Executive Board Retreat for student organizations at the beginning of each Fall semester. This retreat helps further develop students as leaders within their organizations and on campus, by walking them through university processes like OMA's co-sponsorship request forms and SAF, and highlighting successful models of organizational function.
The M4 Initiative© is a 9-week discussion group for African-American males to talk about issues of masculinity and manhood, sexuality, higher education, families and relationships, spirituality, and other topics, all related to being a Black men. Through a mixture of discussions, article and book reading, and videos and other pop culture media, this group explores the implications of socialization and media influence on Black men, and engages with the larger idea of "what does it mean to be a Black man?" Click here for a more detailed description of the Initiative.
WE3: Women Encouraging Empowerment through Exploration
A collaborative, 9-week leadership development experience designed to affirm students’ innate worth as women, validate students’ value as members of the Wake Forest University community, and propel students toward becoming successful, well-informed and well-adjusted members of society. WE3 aspires to bring together a group of Latina and African American females to have thought-provoking conversations, while learning from one another and Wake staff and faculty facilitators.
Friday Morning Breakfast
Friday Morning Breakfast is a weekly event set up to foster dialogue and give student time for a break. It helps encourage taking time to reconnect people, even when they have busy schedules. FMB begins at 8:45 and ends around 11am.
Every first Friday of the month, OMA forgoes the usual FMB and has a First Fridays program. First Fridays is a lunch-time game gathering, in the BSA Lounge (Benson 413), from 11:30am - 1pm. Come join us for pizza, drinks, and tons of fun playing your favorite games, like Taboo, Catch Phrase, Scattergories, Jenga, and more!
The Office of Multicultural Affairs partners with the Black Student Alliance annually to host the Homecoming Alumni Tailgate. Current and former students and staff come together to fellowship and celebrate memories before the Homecoming game. This tailgate takes place in the student lot at BB&T Field.
Native American Heritage Month
What began at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the First Americans made to the establishment and growth of the United States has resulted in the month of November being designated for that purpose.
Can-I-Poet Spoken Word Lounge and Open Mic is an event series where students come and express themselves artistically. Students share poetry, spoken word, songs and raps, but the series is not limited to just these forms of expression. Can-I-Poet welcomes all forms of expression, including instrumental performances, monologues, even visual art! Can-I-Poet also invites a few professional artists each year to share with the campus community, including such well known performers as Oveous Maximus, Carlos Andrés Gómez, and Black Ice. Can-I-Poet also produces a publication each year, and accepts submissions of student visual art and written word.
Chinese Moon Festival & Chinese New Year
The Chinese Moon Festival and Chinese New Year are two of the largest Chinese holidays. These two events, held in the fall and spring semesters, respectively, are thrown by our two Asian student groups, the Asian Student Interest Association (ASIA) and the Chinese Student and Scholar Association (CSSA). These events features Asian food, performances by various groups, including Aspara (Wake Forest’s Indian dance troupe), fashion shows, games, and other fun and cultural happenings.
Diwali, also known as Deepavali, is the "Festival of Lights" celebrated in India. The lights or lamps signify the victory of good over evil. There are many legends associated with Diwali. In northern India, Diwali marks the last harvest of the year and is celebrated by invoking the deity of wealth, goddess Lakshmi. The goddess is thanked and everyone prays for a good year ahead. In other parts of India, Diwali is celebrated as the homecoming of King Rama of Ayodhya after a 14-year exile in the forest. The people of Ayodhya welcomed King Rama by lighting rows of lamps called deepas, thus its name Deepavali.