Programs

Heritage Month Celebrations

Throughout the academic year, the Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement will celebrate the achievements and heritage of diverse populations. We currently coordinate programming for Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15), LGBT History Month (October), Native American Heritage Month (November), Black History Month (February), and Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May). We also support programming for Women’s History Month (March) and Disability Awareness Month (April). We encourage departments and student organizations to submit programs and events to be included on the campus-wide Heritage & History Month calendars. The 2017-2018 Calendar Submission Forms will be available in July 2017.

Pride Camp

Pride Camp is designed to provide fun networking opportunities and exposure to campus resources to students who are members of the LGBTQ community. Pride Camp is a place to meet like-minded people and form friendships to last a lifetime! The 3rd annual Pride Camp will be held Saturday, August 26, 2017. More information will soon be available HERE.

Passport to Diversity (formerly Multicultural Perpective Program)

With a particular focus on the success of underrepresented first-year student populations, the goal of this Welcome Week program is to provide information about the diverse academic and co-curricular opportunities and resources that the campus has to offer. It is also a great opportunity for students, faculty, staff and administrators to meet and network with one another. The 2017 Passport to Diversity will be held Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 4:00 PM.

Cross-Cultural Adventures

Throughout the academic year, students will have the opportunity to visit cultural sites and explore diversity issues that exist near the University of Mississippi. Cross-Cultural Adventures will offer new and different perspectives on diversity and inclusion. Past trips include excursions to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Celebration of Achievement

The University of Mississippi’s Celebration of Achievement is an opportunity for family, friends, and the University community to come together in honor of graduates. In anticipation of commencement, this event brings together students from historically underrepresented populations. The 2018 Celebration of Achievement will be held at 5:30 PM on Friday, May 11, 2018. Registration for graduates will open in April 2018. Family, friends, faculty, staff, and continuing students are welcomed to join us for this special occasion!

Lavender Graduation Celebration

Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes the achievements and contributions of LGBTQ+ students who have successfully navigated the college experience. During the ceremony, we will honor graduating seniors and graduate students with lavender cords and a reception. We envision an event where students, family, staff, and faculty are encouraged to attend, establishing a new tradition at The University of Mississippi. The Lavender Graduation Celebration is co-sponsored by the Sarah Isom Center for Women & Gender Studies, the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement, the UM Pride Network, the Department of Student Housing, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, and supported by the newly formed Ole Miss LGBTQ Alumni & Friends organization. The 3nd annual ceremony will be held Friday, May 4, 2018 from 4:00pm-5:30pm. Registration for graduates will open in April 2018. Family, friends, faculty, staff, and continuing students are welcomed to join us.

Identity Across the Curriculum Conference

The Identity Across the Curriculum Conference is student-led with the support of the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement. It was founded by Matthew Fernandez, 2015 University of Mississippi graduate. The Identity Across the Curriculum Conference allows undergraduate and graduate students to present on a variety of issues and themes related to identity. The inaugural conference was held in April 2015. The next Identity Across the Curriculum Conference will be held during the 2017-2018 academic  year. More information can be found HERE.

Are You Ready? Dialogue Series

Let’s start the conversation! Join us on the third Thursday of each month for an honest dialogue surrounding topics such as race, religion, gender, sexual orientation and class. The 2017-2018 topics will be announced in August 2017!

  • New dates and topics are also added when needed. Past topics include:
    • Ferguson: Isolated Incident or Historical Regularity
    • Telling Our Stories: LGBTQ at the University of Mississippi
    • 10 Things You Never Knew About Native America
    • The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision
    • Reflections & Lessons from The University of Oklahoma
    • #BlackLivesMatter vs. #AllLivesMatter
    •  50th Anniversary LGBTQ Rights Movement
    • ‘Indian’ Cultural (Mis) Appropriation
    • Reactions & Reflections from Mizzou
    • #BlackLivesMatter vs. # AllLivesMatter PART II
    • Appropriation vs. Appreciation
    • Olivia, Annalise, & Cookie
    • Bill Cosby, Daniel Holtzclaw and the Impact of Sexual Violence on Women
    • Blue & U: Perceptions, Misconceptions, & New Directions
    • Religion & LGBTQ
    • American Indians Appropriation in Film, Media and Literature