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Multicultural Programming

Native American Day: South Dakota is one of only two states to have a statewide Native American Day. SDSM&T celebrated by taking the Hardrockers football team and other staff to the Crazy Horse Memorial to learn more about Native culture and witness a blast on the mountain.

American Indian Heritage Month: November is designated nationally as American Indian Heritage Month. OMA helps the campus recognize the contributions of Native culture to the richness of life today. Through a variety of forms, awareness is raised concerning the history, culture, contributions, and current issues related to American Indians, especially in higher education.

Black History Month: The history and contributions of African Americans in our nation are given a spotlight in February. OMA sponsors guest speakers,artists, poster displays, and other venues to celebrate Black History Month.

Cinco de Mayo: Used in the United States as the day to celebrate Hispanic/Latino/a cultures, Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican Army's unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. SDSM&T OMA/SALC/IIC programs collaborate to celebrate fiesta style with music, dancing, piñatas, prizes, and Mexican food.

Guest Speakers: OMA, in conjunction with student groups and academic departments on campus, brings in speakers with presentations relevant to enhancing the multicultural mindedness of the campus and community.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Friday Luncheon Speakers: An opportunity for students from underrepresented populations to network, dialogue, and offer support. Friday lunch is offered each week. Often community professionals are brought in to explain their jobs, the diverse hiring practices of various corporations, and  opportunities in engineering or science. Other guests are invited to help enhance the preservation and appreciation of cultures.