Multicultural Affairs Programs
Black History Month
Presented in the month of February, Black History Month (BHM) is a celebration of achievements by black men and women, as well as a time for recognizing the central role of African American in U.S. history. Our BHM program presents a number of events and activities, including: award ceremonies, artistic expression, exhibits, guest speakers and more. Past speakers include: Spike Lee, Judge Greg Mathis, Nikki Giovanni, Harry Belofonte, Stephen A. Smith and Travis Smiley. For questions about this year's program, please contact Ms. Linda Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.678.2054.
Diversity Ambassador Program
The Diversity Ambassador Program (DAP) encourages students to take an active role on campus and promote awareness toward issues of multiculturalism, equality, and social justice. Ambassadors are uniquely poised among their peers to encourage inclusiveness and promote diversity across campus. Workshops are held in both fall and spring semesters. For more information about eligibility and qualifications, visit our DAP webpage.
For the last 10 years, the Empowered Men of Color, a registered student organization, has hosted an annual Men's Conference. This year's event will take place from 10:00 am- 3:00 pm (Registration opens at 9:30 am) on Saturday, November 23rd at the University of Memphis. The mission of the conference is to increase the retention and graduation rates of men of color by creating an atmosphere to unite, educate and empower the community and collegiate male students to become the leaders of now and tomorrow.
The main speaker will be Bryant Smith, "The Human Potential Specialist". He is a nationally acclaimed and award-winning educator, author, speaker, trainer and workshop facilitator. Currently, he is President and CEO of Smith Consulting And Networking, a comprehensive consulting and training firm that uses lectures, workshops, and personal coaching to examine, interpret and improve people, their environments and the relationships between cultures and communities.
Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. HHM recognizes the independence of five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Throughout the month, we host a number of activities and events to promote awareness of Hispanic culture. For questions, please contact Ms. Linda Hall at email@example.com or 901.678.2054.
Freedom Ball/Mahogany Awards
Each spring, the UofM Chapter of NAACP hosts the Freedom Ball/ Mahogany Awards. This reception highlights outstanding student leaders and organizations of Multicultural Affairs, as well as influential leaders in the Memphis community for their contribution and service. We present awards in nine different categories. Winners, nominees and guests will be invited for an evening of refreshments, awards and dance. Award applications are open and should be submitted to the Multicultural Affairs office by Feb. 7 at 4:30 p.m.
The Multicultural Festival promotes cultural awareness and education for all. Our student organizations present cultural artifacts and food for students to experience. Additionally, they perform unique dances, songs and monologues. For questions, please contact Ms. Linda Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.678.2054.
Held each fall semester, the Multicultural Mixer is a social gathering for organizations to recruit and engage new/prospective members. For questions, please contact Ms. Linda Hall at email@example.com or 901.678.2054.
Multicultural Student Leaders Retreat
Executive board members of our student organizations are invited to attend the Multicultural
Student Leaders Retreat. The program is held one week prior to the start of classes.
Student leaders receive information about RSO policies and procedures, as well as
planning tips for the upcoming semester. For questions, Ms. Linda Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901.678.2054.