Multicultural Programming & Events

An important part of the mission of the Office of Multicultural Affairs is to educate the entire campus community on issues of diversity and multiculturalism by providing a plethora of programming throughout the year such as speakers, workshops, and cultural events.  These multicultural events offer valuable insight to the campus.  

Diversity workshops are offered at Roanoke to the incoming students of the BonD program. This training acknowledges diversity issues, challenges the stereotypes, and strives to learn from the differences in people, cultures, and global community. The Office of Multicultural Affairs staff is also available to provide interactive training on topics for faculty and staff, student organizations, departments, and residence halls. The Office of Multicultural Affairs is very adamant on building positive relationships between faculty, staff and students. One of the ways the office fosters towards positive relationships and the cultural interaction is by sponsoring fall and spring break trips to further valuable experiences and bonding with one another.

Multicultural Celebrations & Events
  • Black Heritage Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Native American Month
  • Pre-Kwanza Celebration
  • Diversity Week Celebration
  • LGBT History Month
  • World AIDS Day
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
  • Unity Week Celebration
  • Women's History Month
  • Passover Seder
  • Ramadan Dinner
  • Chanukah
  • Family Weekend Festivities
  • Alumni Weekend Festivities
  • Drag Show
  • Holidays Around The World
  • Martin Luther King Celebration
  • Annual Diversity Leadership Awards Reception
  • Girl's Night In

Annual OMA Ceremonies

Kenneth R. Garren Awards

Kenneth R. Garren Awards Winners April 2009

Thanks to Dr. Kenneth R. Garren, the annual awards were established in 2000 in recognizing students, faculty and staff for their exemplary dedication and interest in diversity. Dr. Garren was a leader who believed in promoting multiculturalism on Roanoke campus. In April of 2008 and April of 2009, he was our speaker to the Garren Awards Dinner, which demonstrates his true commitment to OMA.
Students nominate and acknowledge individuals who have excelled in promoting diversity and multiculturalism on campus and the community. There are various awards:

  • Outstanding Freshmen & Upperclassmen
  • Outstanding Student Organization
  • Outstanding Faculty & Staff
  • Outstanding Department
  • Prominent Leader

View the applications for nominations.

Sash Ceremony

 Graduating senior class celebrate to recognize their achievements and receive their ethnic Sashes for their completion of their undergraduate degree.




Alumni Events

Heritage Ball

During Alumni Weekend, alums, students, faculty and staff attend the bi-annual dance. This reunion is about staying in contact and connected with the alumni networking community.

Jazz Affair

During Alumni Weekend, OMA and other multicultural organizations sponsor the Jazz Affair to bring out some soul and dance through a live jazz band and a session of poetry. The event brings the alums and students together... a night to remember.


Graduating Class of 2009


Upcoming Events:

August 18-23, 2014

First Day of Classes
August 27, 2014

Family Weekend
September 26 - 28, 2014

Fall Break
October 10-20, 2014