West Campus Cultural Programs
Arizona State University is committed to understanding and celebrating the unique qualities, traditions and customs of the diverse cultures that make up our campus and community. Four committees on the West campus provide opportunities for students, faculty, staff and community members to experience the rich diversity of our culture through fun and educational events.
The Hispanic Heritage Committee organizes educational events to bring awareness about the diversity within the Hispanic culture and to celebrate Hispanic heritage. The committee focuses on Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 – October 15. Activities usually include an opening reception and performance, a night of dance, guest speakers, film presentations and a closing reception.
The mission of the Native American Events Committee (NAEC) is to inform and educate the campus and surrounding community about different Native cultures and to provide awareness of issues and concerns affecting Indian country. The Annual Veteran’s Day Weekend Traditional Pow Wow is held the second Saturday of November and brings to campus traditional singers and dancers from across Arizona and New Mexico.
The Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. March on West held each January brings hundreds of middle-school children to campus for educational, presentations by ASU faculty and community leaders detailing civil rights landmarks and those who led the movement. The day culminates in a march on the campus reminiscent of the 1963 march on Washington, D.C. Charles St. Clair, technical director of ASU’s Interdisciplinary Arts and Performances delivers King’s dramatic “I Have a Dream” speech.
Black History Month is celebrated during the month of February with events organized by a committee. Signature events include an opening reception and the Pioneer Award dinner. Additional activities aim to educate university and community members through programs that celebrate the contributions of African Americans.