History & Awareness Months
The Office of Multicultural Affairs advises and oversees the development of designated heritage Office months that celebrate the rich culture, political contributions and varied histories of diverse groups in our society.
Queer Awareness Month (QuAM) is a collaboration between Columbia University and Barnard College. QuAM strives to celebrate queer identities, as well as, to increase awareness about lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender issues and history.
Latino(a) Heritage Month (LHM) is a collaboration between Columbia University and Barnard College. LHM strives to increase awareness about Latino and Latin American histories, identities, cultures, accomplishments, and contemporary issues. During the month of October, the Latino Heritage Month committee works closely with Columbia students and the surrounding community to address issues impacting Latinos and Latin Americans internationally, within the United States, and on Columbia’s campus. Latino Heritage Month aims to strengthen the Latino community on campus and build bridges between students from a variety of backgrounds with a common interest in Latino and Latin American experiences.
The month of November celebrates the rich culture, history and political contributions of the worldwide contributions of Native American peoples. Native American Heritage Month (NAHM), which is advised and overseen through the Office of Multicultural Affairs, is a collaborative effort between both Columbia University and Barnard College.
Past year’s programs have included the All Ivy Native Council Summit, faculty discussions, Dessert and Discussion on Native American Identity, Movie Nights, Author Series Event, “Indians and Indians,” a co-sponsored event with Columbia’s Bhakti Club along with other intellectual & social events.
Held each February at Columbia University, Black History Month (BHM), which is advised and overseen through the Office of Multicultural Affairs, celebrates the rich cultural, historical and political contributions of the Black Diaspora.
Annually, BHM features a Fashion Show, Semi-Formal, Talent Showcase and an Opening Reception, alongside panel discussions, film screenings, art shows, and much more.
Asian Pacific American History Month (APAHM) is an annual celebration at Columbia University dedicated to promoting awareness of APA issues and history among the Columbia student body.
The APA identity has been founded upon the struggles, activism, and passion of APA communities whose impact and voices still resonate with us today. However, we also recognize that each generation brings new meaning to the APA identity.
Through our programming, we hope to bring all our voices new and old, heard and unheard into dialogue with each other, while acknowledging the differences and conflicts that are rooted in divergent experiences and shape vast and rich histories. Over the course of April, we plan to showcase the stories of APA artists, activists, professionals, scholars, and more.