Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

Cultural and Intercultural Celebrations

All Student Life Multicultural Center festivals and celebrations are open to all students, as a way to learn about the diversity of cultural and identity groups here on Ohio State's campus. Please come, enjoy, learn and share your stories with others!

African American Heritage Festival

The African American Heritage Festival is an annual celebration intended to educate, impact, and promote cultural awareness while commemorating the legacy of the African American experience. The Student Life Multicultural Center, with the assistance of other campus departments, co-sponsors this Spring Semester eight-day festival. Any student can become a part of the leadership team to plan the events of the week. Past events have included barbeques, concerts, debates, community service events, and so much more!  The dates of the Heritage Festival are usually around the last week of March. For more information please visit

American Indian/Indigenous Awareness Week

American Indian/Indigenous Awareness Week (AIAW) is a week set aside during the Spring that celebrates and recognizes Indigenous contributions throughout history. This week is an alternative time for Indigenous peoples to raise awareness to the larger communities that they are still here and making strides on all levels of American society. For more information please contact  Melissa Beard,

Drums & Dough! An Intercultural Journey through Music and Breads

Drums & Dough! is a Welcome Week signature event every Fall, partnered across campus units, to welcome all students back to campus in a way that celebrates and affirms the rich intercultural diversity of the Ohio State community. The event features several drumming performances and foods across cultures, and a festival atmosphere with balloon and henna artists. Students connect via foods, dancing, and drumming with old and new friends.

A Family Affair and Reunion

A joint venture of the Student Life Multicultural Center and the Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center, a Family Affair & Reunion is an event that enables Academic departments and Student Life units to highlight the services, support, and program offerings to students. Faculty and staff who identify with the African American community as members and allies will also be able to connect with students who need to know that there is support within university units to make sure they successfully complete their degree at OSU in a safe and inclusive environment. For more information please contact Katherine Betts,

Freedom Festival

The Student Life Multicultural Center's annual Spring Freedom Festival celebrates a theme all cultures and identites have something to say about -- freedom! Student performances around journeys of freedom are the main feature of this festival, along with food, music, and other arts.  The MCC Freedom Festival planning team encourages students to get involved early on in the planning to help create a meaningful festival for all.

This annual intercultural event was initiated in April of 2010 as our Grand Opening celebration. Our goal as the MCC at Ohio State is to raise awareness, build skills and create community around social justice and equality, locally and globally. The lantern tower and the location of the Multicultural Center on the first floor of the tower are a continuous call to all students of all identities and cultures at Ohio State to reflect on and share their stories of freedom and to take an active role in journeys of freedom and social justice, for themselves, for their friends and for others in the world who do not yet enjoy full freedoms.

National Coming Out Day

NCOD is an internationally-observed civil awareness day for coming out and discussion about lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBTQ) issues. It is observed on October 11 every year by members of the LGBTQ communities and their allied supporters. In addition to programming around this event, each year the Multicultural Center puts together a two page ad in the Lantern to raise general campus awareness about the day and it's meaning. For more information contact Angie Wellman at

National Day of Silence

The National Day of Silence brings attention to anti-LGBTQ name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools. For more information contact Angie Wellman at

Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

This annual event showcases local community elders who share knowledge about the celebration of Kwanzaa. This event is co-sponsored by the Black Graduate and Professional Student Caucus, The Frank W. Hale Jr. Black Cultural Center and the Student Life Multicultural Center. Student organizations are encouraged to participate. For more information please contact Katherine Betts,

Alternative Thanksgiving/Harvest Celebration

Alternative Thanksgiving/Harvest Celebration is an open alternative event to the Thanksgiving national holiday. This event gives American Indian/Indigenous students an opportunity to create/nurture their OSU community as they would if they were at home within their Indigenous communities whether in an Urban, reservation or traditional lands space. This is an event where friends and allies will learn about history and traditions of American Indian/Indigenous peoples at the time of contact and differing viewpoints. Food will be served that was common in Ohio in 1830. To assure enough food, this is an RSVP event. Please contact  Melissa Beard, or (614) 688-8449.