Events and Programs

Sakura Matsuri!

Sponsored by the Japan Studies Student Leaders

Sakura Matsuri is a festival held to welcome and celebrate the beautiful cherry blossoms around campus and across the street at the Oregon State Capital.  Sakura (cherry blossoms) are entrenched in Japanese culture.  The Japanese hold significance to the sakura as a representation of the ephemeral and transient nature of life.  Every year, Japan Studies Student Leaders, with the help of many American Studies Program and Willamette University volunteers, host this festival filled with food, entertainment, and many cultural activities.  Sakura Matsuri has free admission and is open to the Willamette, TIUA, and general Oregon community.

April


Ohana Pre-Orientation Program

Sponsored by Office of Multicultural Affairs

Ohana is Hawaiian for "family," and at Willamette University, family begins with our Ohana program. This pre-orientation program is designed to help multicultural students transition into the college atmosphere.  Led by current WU students who have successfully integrated into the campus community, Ohana is a time to learn about Salem, Willamette, academic life and cultural resources. During Ohana students will also have an opportunity to meet key staff that will provide information regarding financial aid, living in residence halls, health services, and academic support services.

August


Opening Days Reception

Sponsored by OMA, TIUA and OIE
During Opening Days, August


Uwajimaya/Portland Trip

Sponsored by Hawai'i Club

A trip to Portland designed to help students become accustomed to the city and what it has to offer. Places visited include Powell’s Book Store, OMSI (Oregon, museum of science and industry), Waterfront, and Voodoo donuts.

October


Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month

Sponsored by ALIANZA
October


Guess the Straight Person

Sponsored by Rainbow Alliance
October


Dia de los Muertos/Day of the Dead

Sponsored by ALIANZA

Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), a Mexican celebration, is a day to celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. WU celebrates with an altar and offerings of pan (bread), candles, incense, yellow marigolds and photos of those that have passed.

November


Native-American Heritage Month

Sponsored by NISU
November



Rice Cook-Off

Sponsored by ACA

An opportunity for students to show off cooking skills while building community with other multicultural students.

November


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Sponsored by OMA

A one to two-week themed celebration in honor of the Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. that occurs in January. The celebration is comprised of guest speakers, programs surrounding diversity and social justice, the Willamette Pledge and opportunities for service.

January


Ohana Leadership Selection

Sponsored by OMA
February


Black History Month Celebration

Sponsored by Black Student Union

A celebration of Black history that includes guest speakers, open mic night, kaneko conversation and a dance.

February


Annual Social Powwow

Sponsored by NISU

This annual event represents Native American Indians from western Tribal Nations in a unique atmosphere of expression through their arts, crafts, traditional foods, dances and songs. The Emcee explains the meanings and activities taking place on the arena floor.

March


Lu'au

Sponsored by Hawai'i Club

An annual event sharing the Hawai’ian and Pacific Islander culture and traditions featuring food, music, flora and entertainment.

April


Genderfunk

Sponsored by Rainbow Alliance
Spring


National Day of Silence

Sponsored by Rainbow Alliance
Spring