• Signature Programs & Cultural Events

    Check out the many signature events and programs that the Hedgeman Center sponsors each year.

    Signature Programs

    Multicultural Mosaic
    Held a couple days before Piper Passages, the Multicultural Mosaic is our first major initiative of the school year.  The goals of this program are to provide students with opportunities to meet other new students and faculty and staff and to become acquainted with key University resources and services, while learning about important diversity issues including race, gender, sexual orientation, and socio-economic class.

    Student Empowerment Retreat
    "Relax, Relate, Release." This off-campus retreat provides opportunities for new and returning students to get acquainted, build stronger support systems, learn about our diverse communities and discuss issues of importance to diverse communities. In addition to team building activities, networking, interactive sessions on important college and campus issues, students participate in a bonfire and other fun activities. This event is coordinated by the Multicultural Alliance and is open to any student who is a member of one of the Hedgeman Center student organizations.

    Student Success Series
    This program is designed to introduce students to campus resources, services and topics that may be of interest or support to them. Students are invited to the Hedgeman Center over the Tuesday convocation hour to have lunch and participate in informational workshops in a welcoming and relaxed environment.

    "This Is My Story"-Conversations on Identity & Community
    This discussion series invites members of the community to share their personal stories about their social and cultural identities and journeys. We explore issues of discrimination and oppression, racial justice, cross-cultural alliances, reconciliation and specific issues facing different communities. 

    Hamline Undergraduate Conference on Race & Ethnicity (HU-CORE)
    HU-CORE is an off-campus overnight retreat in which 40 undergraduate students are provided opportunities to learn about issues of race, racism and racial justice. The main goals of the conference are to: create an environment where individuals explore and push their comfort zones on issues of race and ethnicity; explore origins, manifestations and perceptions of race and ethnicity; examine issues of race and racial identity development; and begin building bridges and strengthen relationships between different campus racial groups. 

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

    Each year, Hamline University honors Dr. King's leadership to civil rights movement through a commemorative event in which university community members reflect upon, examine and celebrate King's life, philosophy and legacy. In addition to the commemoration, the MLK Day of Service has been added to our university celebration as a way to transform Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life and teachings into community building.

    Social Justice Symposium
    This symposium held during the first week in April, offers members of the University community opportunities to learn about social justice issues that affect our campus, local, and national communities. The symposium examines the intersections and commonalities between different social justice issues (racism, classism, homophobia, sexism, etc). In addition, the symposium highlights and celebrates the life and accomplishments of a different social justice activist. Past honorees have included Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Ella Baker, Cesar Chavez, Harvey Milk, W.E.B. DuBois, and Helen Keller.   

    Click here to view the flyer for the Social Justice Symposium event.

    Hedgeman Center Honors & Awards Banquet
    The purpose of this event is to recognize, celebrate and inspire student success in academics, service and leadership. The program includes an address from a graduating senior, remarks from the president and awards presented to students in three categories (first-year, intermediate, and senior) of the above-mentioned categories. In addition, awards are given for the Outstanding Faculty, Staff and Multicultural Ally. The "Barbara Simmons Eagle Award" is the highest award and is given to an undergraduate student of color who has succeeded in all three categories.

    Click here for more information Awards and Recognition

    "Voice and Vision" Newsletter
    Published quarterly, the newsletter serves to inform students and members of the larger campus community about campus activities, programs, services, and initiatives, especially those sponsored by or affecting Hedgeman Center students.  

    Click here to read the "Voice and Vision" Newsletter.

    Traditional Cultural Events

    Get involved by participating in one of the many cultural events going on at Hamline:
    Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) 

    African Heritage Week (October)

    National Coming Out Week (October)

    Native American Awareness Week (TBD)

    Black History Month (February)   

    Hmong Month Celebration/Hmong New Year (November)

    Asian Heritage Month (April)