Traditionally held during Bengal Bound, Umoja is a program designed to introduce incoming students to campus like while connecting with returning students. Some of the highlights of the program include food, music, an organizational fair, and the opportunity to interact with LSU faculty and staff.
Swahili for "coming together," Harambeé is an evening extravaganza that celebrates
African American student life and fosters connections among African American students.
This hallmark event, which occurs every fall semester, provides African American
students a chance to become acquainted with culturally relevant opportunities on campus
and encourages cross-cultural dialogues about the exciting aspects of Black student
life within the larger LSU community.
Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the LSU Union Program Council Black Culture Committee, and the LSU African American Cultural Center, Harambeé has been celebrated at LSU since the early 1990's. It has grown to include a host of festivities. Harambeé features an organizational fair highlighting culturally specific organizations and supportive student services that encourage new and returning students to become more involved at LSU. In addition to the fair, students are given a Harambeé Resource Book, which offers a brief description of these organizations and services. A faculty and staff reception, hosted by the Black Faculty and Staff Caucus, allows students the opportunity to meet supportive African American faculty and staff on campus.
Harambeé also includes a recognized keynote speaker who offers encouraging words and an informative message to initiate a positive start for the fall semester. The Alexander Pierre Tureaud Chapter of the LSU Alumni Association awards a deserving student with a scholarship that is based on academic and social excellence. The wealth of LSU student talent is displayed by powerful musical selections performed by the LSU Gospel Choir, a meaningful routine performed by the MLK Dance Ensemble, and a dynamic oratorical presentation by the NAACP. The finale of Harambeé is the Greek Show where African American fraternities and sororities are able to showcase their outstanding "steppin" abilities.
The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Celebration highlights and memorializes the work, accomplishments, and legacy of one of the greatest Civil Rights and African American leaders in modern history. Entering into its 21st year of programming, the MLK Commemorative Celebration strives to educate both the entire LSU and the greater Baton Rouge communities about the significant undertakings of Dr. King. It also attempts to enlighten the public about the benefits and opportunities they have gained because of the deeds and accomplishments of Dr. King.
The celebration, organized and executed by a student steering committee, includes many events throughout the month of January, including a Candlelight Vigil, Commemorative Program, Unity Breakfast, Poetry Night, Gospel Concert, and Forum. The celebration also reaches out past the confines of LSU into the Baton Rouge and surrounding communities with the Poster, Poetry, and Essay Contest; Oratorical Contest; and Day of Service for elementary, junior, and high school students. The celebration also features the very talented MLK Dance Ensemble.
The OMA SPRINGFEST is a weekend festival that offers musical entertainment and a major
step-show competition among the African American fraternities and sororities.Also
considered a major recruitment tool, SPRINGFEST exposes academically astute ethnic
minority high school juniors and seniors to the academic rigors and rich social activities
that LSU has to offer. In collaboration with Undergraduate Admissions, the Office
of Multicultural Affairs introduces these talented high school students to LSU's academic
programs and services. Touring the campus and participating in an organizational fair
provides these students a hands-on LSU experience.
Current LSU students participate in this event by sharing their knowledge about what it is like to be a student at LSU, current information about their majors, and how to become involved on campus. These student leaders also participate in the Career Fair, jointly hosted by Career Services, which assists them in securing employment upon graduation
OMA offers substantial programming for Asian American students. Past celebrations include: sushi and egg roll workshops, origami sessions, and an Asian American Healing Night featuring tai chi and meditations. Programs are held in the fall and spring semesters with the intent to provide Asian American students with some of their home traditions while educating all of LSU on the multiplicity of customs surrounding Asian culture and countries.
The Showcase serves as an opportunity for the campus community to learn more about the history and traditions of Hispanic culture. A variety of hands-on program components provide experiential learning opportunities for both Hispanic students and their peers.
Rainbow Rush is a celebration that kicks off the academic year for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) students and their allies. The program provides opportunities for new and returning LGBTQ students and their allies to foster connections and learn about campus resources for the LGBTQ community at LSU.