Multicultural Student Orientation
This two-day event annually complements the Fall Connection orientation weekend, providing new students who are members of ethnic minorities the opportunity to meet current students, become acquainted with campus and learn more about life as an Augustana student.
Multicultural Parent Orientation
This event allows parents the opportunity to meet other parents, become acquainted with members of the faculty and staff, and learn how to support their students as they transition into college life.
In conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs' Convocation series, the Center for Leadership and Service, the Office of Student Activities, the Office of Diversity Services hosts speakers of local and national prominence.
Recent speakers have included Minniejean Brown Trickey of the Little Rock Nine, Dr. Juan Andrade of U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute; Callie Crossley, writer, producer Eyes on the Prize and 20/20; and Martin Doblmeier, Journey Films writer and director of the Power of Forgiveness PBS movie.
Attendance to off-campus workshops and conferences is made possible through financial support from the Office of Diversity Services. Some of the conference and events have included the White Privilege Conference, USHLI, N.C.O.R.E. and service opportunities for student groups.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
On the Saturday of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, Centennial Hall is filled with people from all over the bi-state area to remember the life of Dr. King through discussion, singing and performances by Augustana ensembles and local church choirs.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration
The Quad Cities and campus communities are brought together with live music to participate in this Mexican Catholic tradition, which celebrates and reenacts the appearance of Mary the mother of Jesus Christ to Juan Diego in 1531.
Day of the Dead
The indigenous beginnings of this Mexican celebration that takes place on November 1 and 2 are remembered through this event in connection with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
The Office of Multicultural Services works with other departments on campus to co-sponser special events, such as an annual Hispanic Film Festival and the White Privilege Summit in support of racial equality.