Multicultural Students

The Student Center for Equity and Inclusion creates programs for Multicultural students which includes APIDWA (Asian), Black or African American, Indeginous, Latinx, and International. The purpose for these programs is to promote cross-cultural learning and allyship, build community, and help our students develop a sense of belonging and find their place here at UR. Please see below a list of reoccuring programs for students within our multicultural community and follow this page for upcoming events.
  • Multicultural Student Programs

    Multicultural Pre-Orientation

    "Pre-O" is a early summer transition program for first-year multicultural students. This program helps first year students with multicultural identities build community, meet new people, and discuss topics about what it means to be multiucltural at UR all while having fun! The goal of this program is to prepare multicultural students for a seamless transition into the UR campus community. Participants also receive a multicultural peer mentor to help them the first few weeks of classes and to continue to be a source of support. 

    Men/Masculinity of Color Affinity Group

    This group is open to all multicultural students that identify as male or as having masculine gender expression. They meet twice a month as a way to bond and open about how their identity may be impacting them at UR. Please see the Affinity Group page for more information about meeting dates and times.

    Shades of Pride

    Shades of Pride is an affinity group bringing together multicultural LGBTQ+ students at UR. Affinity group meetings are held biweekly and serve as an affirming space for student led dialogue and empowerment. Please see the Affinity Group page for more inforamtion about meeting dates and how to join. 

    Thrive@UR

    Thrive is a program for multicultural students of all classes and serves as a way for this student group to meet regularly to buld community, share lived experiences, and explore their identity. Meetings are once monthly and encourage discussion through fun activities that allow students to open up and get to know each other. 

    Cultural Kickbacks

    Cultural kickbacks happen in the Multicultural Student Space once a month and is coordinated by student employees of the Student Center for Equity and Inclusion. Each kickback has food that highlights a certain culture within the Multicultural community as well as great music. Cultural kickbacks are open to all students that are open to learning from and meeting different people than themselves.  

     

    For additional information about these programs and others please contact Dani Dho Roberts, Associate Director for Multicultural Programs & Support. 
  • African American/Black Student Programs

    The university has 4 student organizations (Black Student Union, Black Student Coalition, Sankofa, West Indian Lynk) that specifically focus on bringing together and advocating for Black students at UR. Please visit Presence to learn more about how to join these organzitions and others. 

    Black Womens’ Affinity Group

    The Black Women’s affinity group convenes Black students that identify as a woman or as having feminie gender expression. This affinity group meets twice a month and is facilitated by upperclass students and a faculty member. The group is small as a way to encourage deeper dailogue around ived experiences as a Black woman at UR. 

    Black Greek Letter Organizations (Divine 9)

    Currently, the University of Richmond supports three Black Greek lettered organizations: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. The purpose for these fraternities and sororities is to provide community for Black students and continue to uplift each other and the city they reside in to create service opportunities and civic engagement efforts. We welcome those who wish to join these organizations to chat with their members and stay up to date for any upcoming interest meetings. 

    Black Excellence Gala

    The Black Excellence gala is a formal event that happens annually during Black History Month. The gala is a celebration of the resilience and contributions of the Black community through arts, scholarship, community service, and activism. Campus faculty, staff, students, and Alumni are all welcome to celebrate the acheivements of our Black community at UR. 

    Black Excellence Gala: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023
  • Latinx Student Programs

    Latinx Heritage Month 

    September 15-October 15th, please see the celebratory webpage for more information on heritage month events and ways to participate in celebrating Latinx culture. 

    Cafe Con Leche

    Cafe Con Leche is an ongoing program that happens each month and brings together faculty, staff, and students in the Latinx community and allies. This space serves as a great place for Latinx students to get to know each other and meet faculty and staff they share the same identity with. We play games, have amazing Latinx food, and create culturally specific arts and crafts. 

    Fall Dates:

    Friday, September 9, 2022 at 5:30 to 7:00pm in The Current (Collaboration with Mid-Autumn Festival)

    Friday, October 14, 2022 at 5:30 to 7:00pm in Multicultural Space

    Friday, November 11, 2022 at 5:30 to 7:00pm in Multicultural Space

    Platicas

    These are a discussion series for Latinx students and their allies to engage in topics about Latinx identity, cultures, and socio-political happenings. This space is an opportunity for community members to relate, celebrate, and congregate together while learning about the diverse aspects of Latinx experience. 

    Fall Dates:

    Tuesday, September 6, 2022 at 4:30 to 6:00pm in the Multicultural Space

    Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 4:30 to 6:00pm in the Multicultural Space

    Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 4:30 to 6:00pm in the Multicultural Space

     

    For questions about upcoming Latinx programs and support, contact the Assistant Director of Latinx Student Support Dafne Luna.
  • APIDWA (Asian) Student Programs

    APIDWA stands for Asian, Pacific Island, Desi, and West Asian. It is an acronym used to represent all the specific identities within the Asian cultural diaspora, some which have been historically excluded as community members due to Western influence and imperialism. The Student Center for Equity and Inclusion is dedicated to providing programs and opportunities that empower, celebrate, and support all identities within the APIDWA community.

     

    Cultural Holiday Celebrations

    Throughout the academic year we provide celebrations and worship opportunities for important cultural and religious holidays practiced across the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands. If a holiday has a strong religious component, we work closely with the Office of the Chaplaincy at the University of Richmond to provide these programs and opportunities as authentically and inclusively as possible. Listed below are some of the major holidays we celebrate on campus.

    Holiday

    Celebration

    Communities that Celebrate

    Mid-Autumn Festival Harvest Moon Festival East and Southeast Asian Communities
    Sukkot Festival of Booths Jewish Communities (Faith-based)
    Diwali Festival of Lights Desi Communities, Hindus, Sikhs, and Jains
    Lunar New Year Beginning of the Lunar Calendar East and Southeast Asian Communities
    Holi Festival of Spring/Colours Hindus
    Heiva Pacific Island Cultural Celebration Polynesian Communities
    Eid al-Fitr End of Ramadan Muslims

     

    APIDWA Women’s Leadership Group

    A leadership and mentoring group for Asian, Pacific Island, Desi, and West Asian identifying women/femmes. This group serves as a community for students to discuss how racism, xenophobia, and sexism affect the lives of women of Asian descent on the UR campus and in the United States, more broadly. Its purpose is to provide an affirming space for students to talk about identity, discrimination, and gendered racism so that they may navigate campus race relations and advocate for themselves and their peers in productive ways.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Jennifer Erkulwater or Dr. Tze Loo. 

     

    APIDWA Heritage Month

    An annual month-long celebration full of programs and events that celebrate the APIDWA community on campus. The national celebratory month dedicated to the APIDWA community is observed in May in the United States. However, since the primary academic year at the University of Richmond ends in late April, APIDWA students are left without a cultural celebration month. This is why APIDWA Heritage Month is celebrated from March 15 - April 15, to ensure that it does not impact other cultural heritage or history months.

     

    For questions about upcoming APIDWA related programs and support, please contact Dani Dho-Roberts, Associate Director of SCEI and APIDWA Student Support Coordinator.