Welcome Reception Celebration of Culture
Held during the first week of school, the Office of MSS holds an event to welcome students back to the university and celebrate the various cultures at FGCU and around the world. The celebration includes student performances, guest speakers, distinguished faculty, and food.
Hispanic Heritage Month
From September 15 - October 15, the University celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. Past heritage months have included guest speakers. Other programs have included Cafe Con Leche and a Health Fair. Programs and activities focus on the contributions of the Hispanic Culture and its impact on our society.
National Coming Out Day
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Cultural Month is October. In the past, this month has been highlighted with a film festival and noted speakers Judy Shepherd. The focus programs that support students and the campus community that reflect the richness of the GLBT community and its positive impact on our society.
Designed to raise awareness about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, or AIDS, the designation of October as AIDS Awareness Month places special focus on a disease with a yet undiscovered cure. December 1 has been designated as World AIDS awareness day in an effort to link countries together to increase education and eradicate this fatal disease.
A Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the Jewish holiday of Passover. The Seder is a ritual performed by a community or by multiple generations of a family, involving a retelling of the story of the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt.
Black History Month
Celebrates the contributions of African descendants during the February. Noted Black History author Carter G. Woodson established Negro History Week in 1926 to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. In 1976 this became known as Black History Month. The Multicultural Student Development Center staff along with student organizations and community groups host a variety of events that highlight Black culture, history and tradition. These events include plays, music, cultural dances, conferences, and a lecture series.
Chinese New Year Celebration
Also known as the Spring Festival, Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar.
Women's History Month
Celebrating the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. The purpose of Women’s History Month is to increase the knowledge of the contributions of notable and ordinary women.