Multicultural Center events

MULTICULTURAL HEALTH FAIRS. Tuesday, September 17 10am—2pm.

Polsky Building, 3rd Floor Atrium and Thursday, September 19 10am—2pm. UA Student Union, 2nd Floor Concourse

The Multicultural Health Fairs aim to connect community health agencies and organizations with students, faculty, and staff to share information on topics related to health equity, multicultural health care, and social determinants of health.  Exhibits will address issues such as diseases or disorders that affect some populations disproportionately, access to health care services, and building healthy communities.

PARKING 9:00 A.M.—3:00 P.M. Polsky Building: 275 S High St, Akron, OH 44308. Student Union: East Campus Deck, 188 Spicer St, Akron, OH 44304.

Health Fair Exhibitors:

Akron AIDS Collaborative. Providing information on rapid HIV testing, as well as food pantry resources; Akron Children's Hospital Sickle Cell Program-Raising sickle cell disease awareness; Buckeye Community Health Plan-A Medicaid Managed Care Plan that will be distributing information on benefits offered; NurseWise, a 24 hour medical advise phone line; and MemberConnections, a program which keeps members connected to healthcare and social services; Community AIDS Network-Providing education and housing for individuals who are HIV positive; County of Summit ADM Board The County of Summit Alcohol, Drug Addiction, & Mental Health will share mental health resources, including agencies and programs for new and expecting mothers, veterans and their families; Cuyahoga Valley National Park - Introducing recreational opportunities in Cuyahoga Valley National Park related to Health & Wellness; Lifebanc- Addressing the myths and misconceptions about organ, eye, and tissue donation; Highland Insurance Agency LLC- Providing information on health plans available under the Affordable Care Act Marketplace Exchange; Ohio Benefits Bank- THURSDAY 9/19: A representative from Community AIDS Network will be available to sign attendees up for the OBB to determine eligibility for programs and resources that can stabilize a household; Ohio Organizing Collaborative- Table Topics will surround policy issues concerning Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security and a monthly Caregiver's Circle that aims at building support; Project RISE provides the following resources: Enrollment, transportation coordination, education and enrichment services; Safe Landing Youth Shelter- A youth crisis shelter (ages 11-17) and an outreach program (SOS– Street Outreach Services) for homeless and at-risk youth (ages 18-22); Summit County Public Health- Providing information on infant safe sleep, infant mortality, healthy eating, care coordination; The Way of Mind and Body- Reshaping the language around holistic health and wellness in a way urban communities can relate and apply to their everyday life styles. 

Hosted by: Akron-Region Interprofessional Area Health Education Center (ARI-AHEC) and The University of Akron, The Multicultural Center


The University of Akron’s China Week, sponsored by the Confucius Institute, is an invitation to explore China’s culture, politics, economics, history, philosophy, language, martial arts, cuisine and more. The University of Akron’s Confucius Institute is part of an international network of Confucius Institutes, supported by the Chinese Ministry of Education, dedicated to “enhancing the understanding of the Chinese language and culture” around the world.

Sponsored by: Confucius Institute

Contact: Nancy Easterling at 330-972-2013 or


The National Conference of Artists is the oldest and largest continuously operating national African American visual art organization based in the United States whose mission is to preserve, promote, inspire and support African American Art and Culture through the visual arts.

For Registration and Program Information click on:  

Contact Information: Brandon Laster  

MLK Jr. Day Activities. January 20th, 2014. Student Union Grand Ballroom. 

Held annually in January

The University of Akron’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr., Activities Fair enables the community to mark the King holiday as a “day on” rather than a “day off”! It also serves as an opportunity for community outreach that provides awareness of the University community to children in grades K-12 and their families.

The celebration has been very well-received and attended, and the children enjoy the excitement and activities of being on a college campus. Community and student organizations provide activities and information that encourage non-violence, civic responsibility, respect for differences, and the importance of education.

Activities include the following:

  • Biographic information on Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Historical information on the Civil Rights Movement
  • A variety of childrens activities
  • Buchtel High CLC Step Team and Rygt Step Urban Line Dancers
  • Martin L. King Jr. pictorial gallery and other visual displays
  • Information about a diverse group of organizations

The 2014 Vagina Monologues. At The University of Akron. EJ Thomas Stage Door. Saturday Feb. 1, 2014. 8 p.m and Sunday Feb. 2, 2014. 3 p.m.

Venue Details: Live on Stage At EJ Thomas Hall Stage Door. Seating is limited.  Call the Thomas Hall Ticket Office at (330) 972-7570 to secure tickets in advance. Further information available at E. J. Thomas Hall – The University of Akron 

Cost: $5 Students, faculty, and staff and $10 non-UA members. T-Shirts will also be on sale at EJ Thomas Hall

The University of Akron's 2014 V-Day benefit performance of Eve Ensler's “The Vagina Monologues” is a consciousness-raising event and fundraiser to help end violence against women and to celebrate women, their bodies and their experiences. All proceeds benefit the V-Day Organization and the Rape Crisis Center of Summit and Medina counties. The monologues will be performed by UA students, faculty, staff and Akron community members.

Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center, The Multicultural Center, Women's Studies Program, Office of Inclusion and Equity and EJ Thomas Hall.

Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond

Held annually in February

The University of Akron

Each February, the University presents "Rethinking Race: Black, White and Beyond" -- a two-week-long series of events in which race and race-related issues are discussed, examined, and hopefully, better understood.

The series offers the University community and residents of Northeast Ohio the opportunity to hear and share a variety of viewpoints.

Through films, performances, Face-2-Face Conversations, and keynote speakers, Rethinking Race hopes to engage the public with important topics such as diversity in the workplace and awareness of issues and culture.

The "Rethinking Race” series can be traced back to 1997, when President Bill Clinton chose UA as the location for his first Town Hall Meeting on Race. Today, students, faculty and staff work together to plan programs for the series that continue to advance the understanding of race relations begun at that town hall meeting.

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Dr. Consuela Ward has more than 15 years of experience in the field of diversity as a speaker, consultant, trainer, instructor, administrator, and coach. Her workshop will tackle the ways in which ‘race affects our view of the world like a pair of glasses or perhaps shades. We see through a lens based on a perspective influenced by power dynamics in lived experience’.

Sponsored by: The Office of Inclusion & Equity, The Multicultural Center and The Student Union.



The two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir is heralded as one of the most exciting groups to emerge in world music in recent years. Under the direction of choirmaster David Mulovhedzi, the choir draws on the best talent from the many churches and communities in and around Soweto, South Africa. Since its first international performances in Australia in 2002, the Soweto Gospel Choir has become a worldwide phenomenon performing to sold-out audiences throughout the world.          

Tickets: EJ Thomas Hall, 198 Hill Street Akron, OH 44325-0501. A - $36.50, B - $26.50, UA Students - $11.50. Ticket Office: (330) 972-7570.  

Sponsors: The Multicultural Center, The Office of Inclusion & Equity & EJ Thomas Hall.  

WOMEN'S WELLNESS FAIR. March 13th 2014. 10am-1pm. Student Union Concourse.

All are invited to come by the booths and enjoy displays focusing on women’s health issues. The Women's Wellness Fair vendors include: Lupus Foundation of America, Planned Parenthood of Northeast Ohio, Community AIDS Network Akron Pride Initiative (CANAPI), Battered Women\'s Shelter of Summit and Medina Counties, The University of Akron Student health Services, The University of Akron Student Recreation and Wellness Program, Title IX Coordinator, Alliance For Healthy Youth, American Heart Association and Akron Children's Hospital Sickle Cell Program.

Sponsored by The Multicultural Center, Women's Resource Center, Office of Inclusion & Equity, The Student Union and Supported by The Women's Studies Program. 

Holocaust Remembrance Week. April 16th - 22nd, 2014

An international memorial day for the victims of the Holocaust, the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of 6 million Jews, 1 million Gypsies (Roma and Sinti), up to 9000 homosexual men and millions of others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. This is a time where we must reassert our commitment to human rights.

Sponsors: Hillel: Heebroos at The University of Akron and The Multicultural Center

Black Male Summit

Held annually in April

The summit typically draws about 1,000 participants. It is open to all, but is geared toward the needs of the Black Male Community and addresses a broad spectrum of topics ranging from networking, race relations, self-esteem, healthy relationships, and strategies for personal and professional growth. All are encouraged to attend.The Black Male Summit brings together nationally recognized presenters for two days of exploring the critical issues impacting Black males in higher education

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