Black History Month
Black History Month is a small but necessary tool dedicated to recognizing the struggles
of black men and women destined to overcome the bitterness of slavery. For centuries
our descendants have fought for freedom and an opportunity to reactivate the integrity
that is etched deeply in their souls. The University of Memphis recognizes Black
History 365 days a year. Speakers are invited during the academic year to share experiences,
motivate, and inspire students to succeed.
Black Scholars Unlimited hosts an annual Scholarship Breakfast to honor minority students
who obtain a University of Memphis Scholarship. The breakfast is designed to recognize
the academic success of each student for receiving a scholarship and maintaining the
scholarship through graduation. Recognizing students for their academic achievements
motivates them to excel beyond their dreams.
FRESH (Focusing Resources to Enhance Students in Higher Education) is a mentoring
program that matches freshmen students with upperclassmen to assist with their acclimation
to college life. The purpose of the program is to personalize the university experience,
promote students' self-confidence, help students take advantage of campus resources,
while encouraging personal, academic, and professional growth, and increasing cultural
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated September 15 -October 15. It begins on September 15, the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18.
Throughout the month, a number of activities are held in order to promote awareness
of Hispanic Culture.
This event is held at the beginning of the fall semester, welcoming all minority students
to campus. Minority student organizations are present to acquaint new students with
their organizations. Departments that provide student services are also present. It
is carried out in an atmosphere that gives incoming students a chance to meet and
talk to returning students.
The purpose of the festival is to assist in eliminating social ignorance through cultural
awareness and education. Participants include the: Indian Student Association, Chinese
Student Association, Korean Cultural Association, African Student Association, Hispanic
Student Association, Jewish Student Association, Pan-Hellenic Council, Inter Fraternity
Council, Women's Pan-Hellenic Council, New Directions, Inc. Anthropology Club, Catholic
Student Association, and Lifeblood.
A variety of workshops are offered during the year to educate minority students to
college’s survival skills, such as time management, study skills, discipline and priorities.
One of the main workshops is conducted during the Annual Minority Student Leadership
Retreat held every fall. This workshop deals with leadership development.