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Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.

Many significant dates fall during Hispanic Heritage Month, including:

  • Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua independence days (Sept. 15);
  • Columbus Day (or Día de la Raza);
  • Mexico’s independence day (Sept. 16);
  • and Chile’s independence day (Sept. 18).

Native American Heritage Month

Celebrated annually during November, Native American Heritage Month highlights the historical and contemporary accomplishments of American Indians and First Nations peoples.

Native American Heritage Month features a variety of information and programs that differ each year. Past years’ events have included:

  • speakers,
  • film screenings,
  • workshops, like a quill-earring-making night, and
  • educational events, such as an introduction to the Ojibwe language.

The month’s events are coordinated by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) in conjunction with the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Week

Each January, the Michigan Tech campus community unites to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. The events, first held in 1989, are sponsored by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion.

Students, staff, faculty, and community members honor King’s work by discussing the relevance of his work in today’s world, attending guest lecture presentations, and—true to King’s spirit—participating in community service opportunities.

Black History Month

Celebrated annually in February, Black History Month at Michigan Tech was established to honor and remember important people and events around the world. Michigan Tech celebrates the rich culture and traditions of black Americans during Black History Month with programming featuring educational, artistic, and social events. Each year has a theme highlighting important aspects of Black History.

Percy Julian Graduation Reception

Percy Julian Graduation Reception, held annually in April, honors the outstanding Hispanic, African-American, Native-American, and LGBTQIA+ graduates of Michigan Tech.

In addition to honoring our diverse graduates, the recipient of the Percy Julian Award is also announced during the Percy Julian Graduation Reception. This award recognizes an undergraduate student who has demonstrated leadership in the advancement of social equality on Michigan Tech’s campus, and racial, ethnic, and cultural understanding.