Annual Traditions and Celebrations
Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (January)
The campus community remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. throughout the month of January in an extended series of events. Programs have traditionally included a Day of Service, readings of creative works and presentations of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Writing Awards, diversity workshops, a community debate and a comprehensive lecture series. For this campus celebration, the Division of Student Affairs sponsors an MLK Student Speaker opportunity during the fall semester to select an undergraduate and graduate student to represent our campus community during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day program.
Community Collage (January/August)
Community Collage is a presentation of student experiences, personal reflections and performance as a representation of diversity within the Carnegie Mellon community. The program creates a sense of shared experience, provides a foundation for dialogue, supports cross-cultural and cross-community interaction and encourages intellectual discussion about multicultural issues. The program is presented as part of First-Year Orientation and in an abridged form for the university's commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Black History Month (February)
The month of February focuses on the celebration of Black History Month, directed by a planning committee that works together to create an exciting schedule of events. Traditional programs include a Black Caucus Networking Reception, a discussion series, keynote lectures, gallery shows, performances and workshops.
Carnegie Mellon University is committed to providing programmatic resources that support the growth and development of all students. The Division of Student Affairs (DOSA), sponsors a variety of gender and LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning) initiatives that foster a sense of community, celebration and advocacy for all. From SafeZone to MOSAIC, these programs explore the multifaceted dimensions within the greater CMU community. ALLIES and Allies Grad serve as the primary LGBTQ+ and friends social organization at CMU.
Every year, over 1,000 Carnegie Mellon University students meet in the Mall during Carnival to usher in the spring and celebrate the cultural "festival of colors."
Hispanic Heritage Month (September/October)
Between September 15 and October 15, the campus community celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. We recognize the contributions made and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States and celebrate their heritage and culture. This celebration is organized by the Carnegie Mellon Advising Resource Center in collaboration with various student and community organizations.
Mahatma Gandhi's Birthday (October)
The community celebrates the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi, the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India, on October 2. Programs are offered across campus, in addition to those offered by local organizations or the general Pittsburgh community.
Asian Heritage Month (November)
Asian Heritage Month is celebrated on campus during November, standing as a collaborative effort between student organizations and the Student Affairs office. The month features a host of cultural food festivals, dinner dialogues and performance events. Through the Asian Student Leadership Conference, multicultural organizations aim to cultivate understanding and knowledge of Asian and Asian-American issues. It features keynote lectures, alumni panels, late night entertainment and much more.
Bhangra in the Burgh (November)
Hosted by Carnegie Mellon University, the annual Bhangra in the Burgh dance competition brings together the top collegiate Bhangra teams from across the nation to compete on one stage in a night of music, dance and South Asian culture celebration.
Spiritual Development Month (November)
This CMU initiative was developed to focus attention on the importance and significance of knowing yourself. Throughout the month of November, there are various programs and events, highlighted by a campus-wide Thanksgiving celebration. CMU takes pride in purposefully creating opportunities for students to pause, engage in self-inquiry, and to reflect upon and to articulate one's moral code.
Multicultural Student Organization Late Night Events (Spring/Fall)
This frequent student organization event highlights multicultural groups on campus. This is an excellent opportunity to become more involved with diversity initiatives on campus and learn about how to participate in similar events in the future.
Native American Heritage (Fall)
The campus community celebrates Native American Heritage throughout the fall semester, featuring a networking reception and a series of workshops and musical performances in collaboration with campus Spirituality & Meaning Making initiatives.
Multicultural Presidents Council (Monthly)
The council epitomizes the significance of diversity within the Carnegie Mellon community. Every month, the presidents of multicultural student organizations across campus meet to expand dialogue between interest groups, organize collaborative initiatives, learn about resources and discuss common needs and goals.