The Multicultural Center places a heavy emphasis on diversity. In order for students to celebrate as well as learn about other cultures, the center hosts various heritage month celebrations.

Asian-Pacific American

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Black History Month

Americans have recognized black history annually since 1926, first as "Negro History Week" and later as "Black History Month." Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month in America, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated in February in the United States and Canada, and in October in the United Kingdom.

Hispanic Heritage Month

Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Native American Heritage Month

The month of November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.

The Multicultural Center collaborates with numerous departments, in addition to cultural and ethnic student groups, to coordinate culturally-based graduation celebration ceremonies that complement the University’s commencement celebrations. These cultural celebrations acknowledge the value and uniqueness of underrepresented student experiences and serves to commemorate and highlight the accomplishments of individuals within their familial and cultural context.

Multicultural Graduations FAQ

When and where are the Multicultural Graduations?

People of Nia Location: UNT Union Lyceum Date: Dates will be announced in the Spring!

La Raza Location: UNT Union Lyceum Date: Dates will be announced in the Spring!

Multicultural Stole: At this time, there is not a specific ceremony for students who register for a multicultural stole.

Who can participate in the Multicultural Graduations?
Any UNT student (undergraduate or graduate) who will be graduating in Fall 2017 can participate. We provide stoles for the following groups:

  • Multicultural Stoles – Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, Multiracial identities, etc.
  • Kente Stoles (People of Nia) – African, African American, Black identities
  • Serape Stoles (La Raza) – Hispanic/Latinx identities

Do I need to fill out an application/register to participate?
Yes! The registration form serves to inform the graduation committees on who to include in their programs, how many students to expect, etc. While we would like to provide a stole and celebrate every graduating senior, stoles are limited so please apply early!

Where can I find a registration form?
Registration links for both Fall and Spring graduations are located below!

Do I still need to apply for graduation with the Registrar’s Office?
Yes. This is NOT an application for graduation. It is an application for culturally-based graduation celebration ceremonies that complement the University’s commencement celebrations.

How many guests may I invite?
As many as you like!

What does it cost?
What does it cost? Nothing! It is FREE for you and your family and friends.

Who can I speak to if I have questions?
If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at 940.565.3424 or email multicultural@unt.edu.

Fall Multicultural Graduation

Spring Multicultural Graduation

About the Buddy System

The Multicultural Center is proud to host the Buddy System Peer Mentoring Program! The Buddy System was created in order to connect incoming freshman and transfer students to the University of North Texas by matching them with experienced upperclassmen as their mentors.

Mentorship programs are proven to help students ease the transition into college life, build their social and leadership skills, and ensure a steadier path towards graduation. The Buddy System is an excellent way for any student to help fulfill their academic and campus life needs and interests! It builds community, promotes student involvement, and encourages positive progress in their academic, social, and personal achievements.

Buddy System Programs are focused on 6 key areas:

  1. Academic
  2. Social
  3. Cultural
  4. Service
  5. Leadership
  6. Career Development

Some of our fun activities include game nights, community service projects, sporting events, study groups, and much more! We would love for you to participate with us!

Who can participate?

Buddy System is open to all UNT Students:

Facilitators: Facilitators primarily help the Student Services Coordinator in the Multicultural Center plan, promote and facilitate events throughout the year. All facilitators must apply by the deadline and must attend the Facilitator Retreat. Being a facilitator is a year long commitment.

Mentors: Mentors will be responsible for maintaining communication with their Mentee families and connecting them to resources and services that are available at UNT and in the Denton Community. Being a mentor is a year long commitment.

Mentees: Mentees are incoming freshman or transfer students who are looking to be connected to the UNT Community. All mentees must apply for the program.

Application Links

Our program is currently full but we will be accepting applications for Facilitators, Mentors and Mentees in the spring semester.

Mentor and Mentee Links

Facilitator and Mentor Application
Mentee Application

About BSE

Black Student Experience (BSE), was created to foster pride and promote academic success among the Black student population at UNT. Created in 2011, BSE is a weekend retreat that introduces incoming freshman and transfer students to leaders of the Black student population. This retreat is an opportunity for students to discover their campus involvement interests, become introduced to black faculty, staff, and alumni, and ideally begin or cultivate a path to become a leader themselves.

BSE participants leave the retreat with a better knowledge of the UNT resources available to them, a foundation that will prepare them to be successful at UNT and a community of support and family.

How to Get Involved

Coordinators: The Multicultural Center staff and a team of coordinators plan BSE trainings and the retreat weekend. All coordinators must apply by the deadline and be able to attend all trainings.

Facilitators: A group of student leaders will serve as cluster facilitators for the weekend retreat as well as for the on-campus retreat. They will facilitate all group activities during the retreat. All facilitators must apply by the deadline and be able to attend all trainings.

Participants: Freshman and Transfer students who are interested in attending BSE will be able to fill out the application during Freshman/Transfer orientations and will receive confirmation by August.

Who can attend the retreat?

The Black Student Experience is open to all UNT Students.

What does it cost?

Nothing! It is FREE for all incoming freshman/transfer students.

Student Testimonials

Justin Fiallos-UNT 18 (Public Relations Coordinator)

BSE in One Word: Influential

 

What is the most important message you received from BSE?
"Take advantage of your opportunities. You get four years to shape your academics, social life, and yourself. You grow and experience so much by surrounding yourself with the right people. BSE changed my outlook on how I approached college and life in general. Lastly, I’ve learned the value of building relationships and how to best utilize resources on campus."

Wesley Roberts-UNT 19 (Facilitator)

BSE in One Word: Growth

 

Why should people go to BSE?
"BSE is an opportunity to build a solid foundation so their college experience can be a great one. It’s our chance as black leaders to give back and guide incoming students on their path to success as well connect incoming students with each other."

Hekmet Ahmed-UNT 20 (2016 Participant)

BSE in One Word: Impactful

 

How has BSE shaped your UNT experience?
“I can’t really put in words how much I love BSE. Joining BSE has been the greatest decision I’ve made while at UNT. I have made a family that I will have forever, and it has literally made my college experience one that I will never forget.”

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