Our signature events contribute to an inclusive and welcoming environment at LSU. We provide celebratory opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to engage in the diverse experiences, concepts, and demonstrations of self-determination, identity affirmation, and cultural pride.
The Asian American Cultural Heritage Showcase is an annual evening event that promotes Asian American awareness through a variety of student-lead activities and performances during the fall semester. The event allows students and community members to share and learn about different groups within the Pan-Asian identity. This event is coordinated alongside with the Asian American Ambassadors.
Celebrated every February, Black History Month observes the struggles, strides, and achievements of African Americans. A variety of educational, cultural, and social programs are directed by a student committee around a theme to celebrate Black history. Locally and nationally acclaimed speakers and performers are invited to share their knowledge and talents representing the African American experience. Black History month is coordinated by the African American Cultural Center.
Geaux Red is the annual HIV/AIDS awareness week long event in honor of World AIDS Day hosted by the LGBTQ Project in the LSU Office of Multicultural Affairs and Spectrum at LSU. A 2011 Louisiana Youth Risk Behavior Survey found that 25% of Louisiana students never received formal sexual education regarding HIV or AIDS prevention. Geaux Red is hosted every year in November and the beginning of December.
Swahili for "coming together," Harambeé is an evening extravaganza that celebrates African American student life and fosters connections among African American students. Harambeé highlights and showcases the talents of LSU students and provides a motivational message as students begin the academic year. In addition, students receive the Profiles Resource Booklet which offers an overview of organizations, departments, and campus services. This year, Harambeé is held in the LSU Student Union on Thursday, September 17th at 6:00 pm. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
The Showcase serves as an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the history and traditions of Hispanic culture during the National Hispanic Cultural Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15). A variety of hands-on program components provide experiential learning opportunities for both Hispanic students and their peers. This event is coordinated alongside with the Hispanic Student Cultural Society.
Lavender Graduation celebrates, recognizes, and honors LGBTQ students who successfully complete their college careers at LSU. The celebration is held at the end of the spring semester each year. For more information on how to participate, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration highlights and memorializes the work, accomplishments, and legacy of one of the greatest Civil Rights and African American leaders in modern history. Birth in 1995, the MLK Commemorative Celebration strives to educate both the entire LSU and the greater Baton Rouge communities about the significant undertakings of Dr. King. It also attempts to enlighten the public about the benefits and opportunities they have gained because of the deeds and accomplishments of Dr. King.
The celebration, organized and executed by a student steering committee, includes many events throughout the month of January, including a Candlelight Vigil, Commemorative Program, Unity Breakfast, Poetry Night, Gospel Concert, and Forum. The celebration also reaches out past the confines of LSU into the Baton Rouge and surrounding communities with the Poster, Poetry, and Essay Contest; Oratorical Contest; and Day of Service for elementary, junior, and high school students. The celebration also features the very talented MLK Dance Ensemble.
The Multicultural Student Leadership Conference (MSLC) is a one-day conference where a diverse group of student leaders from LSU and visiting universities participate in a variety of workshops/sessions that enhance and build upon their leadership skills. MSLC is coordinated by the African American Cultural Center. More information can be located here.
The Identity Workshop is an opportunity for all students to engage in learning and appreciation for American's first group of people. The workshop is a 3 hour long program that includes a panel discussion, presentation/demonstration, and Q&A with Native American students at LSU. This program is an educational endeavor to promote Native American identities at LSU and is coordinated alongside with the Native American Student Organization.
Rainbow Rush is a celebration that kicks off the academic year for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) students and their allies. The program provides opportunities for new and returning LGBTQ students and their allies to foster connections and learn about campus and community resources for the LGBTQ community at LSU.
Traditionally held during Bengal Bound, Umoja is a program designed to introduce incoming students to campus life while connecting with returning students. Some of the highlights of the program include food, music, an organizational fair, and the opportunity to interact with LSU faculty and staff. The program traditionally has an accomplished LSU Alumni, affiliate or partner keynote speaker.