Annual Events

A selection of annual events at Syracuse University that focus on diversity, inclusion, access, and multicultural empowerment and recognition.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Celebrated nationally in May, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month honors Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success. AAPI Heritage Month consists of programs and signature events that educate all members of the Syracuse University community about the histories, cultural diversity, contributions, and often underreported challenges of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Black History Month: Celebrated in February of every year with a variety of speakers and events.

Coming Out Month:  Each October, the LGBT Resource Center coordinates activities celebrating the complexities of identities and experiences.

Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.): Conversations About Race and Ethnicity (C.A.R.E.) is a six-week sustained dialogue space for community members of Syracuse University to engage in meaningful, challenging, and urgent conversations about race and ethnicity.

“Cripping” the Con: This annual symposium provides participants with the opportunity to engage in a broad array of reflective discussions about the representations of disability that exist “beneath the surface” and explicitly within mainstream popular cultures both nationally and internationally, particularly the popular culture phenomena that are comic books, graphic novels, and manga.

Disability Awareness Month:  Every October SU brings attention to disabilities as a part of the human experience. The hope is that, after attending a host of informative and interesting events held throughout the month, people will carry this new knowledge and experience into their lives throughout the entire year. Through film, guest lectures, meals, and more, members of the Syracuse University community can learn more about a topic that touches everyone’s lives in some way.

Human Rights Film Festival: The Syracuse University Human Rights Film Festival annually offers an outstanding line-up of award-winning films addressing social justice issues around the globe.  Open to the public and free of charge.

Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series: The Interfaith Dialogue Dinner Series explores the intersections of spirituality, secularism, and timely issues of our day. Each interfaith dialogue dinner will encourage intentional dialogue across difference. It is our hope that by gathering together on common ground over a shared meal, we can create a vibrant environment of peaceful and life-giving conversation around important and potentially divisive issues.

Latino/Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15, featuring a variety of speakers and events.

MLK Celebration: Annual celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, an event with a rich history at Syracuse University.

Native Heritage Month: Celebrated in Novermber of every year with a variety of speakers and events.

OrangeAbility: Hosts an annual accessible athletics expo, demonstrating that you don’t have to be able-bodied to play, and you don’t have to have a disability to play accessible sports.

Rainbow Banquet:  The Rainbow Banquet, established in 2003, celebrates LGBTQA communities at Syracuse University, SUNY-ESF, and the city of Syracuse. This free event features a banquet dinner, a student keynote speaker, graduating LGBTQA student recognition, the presentation of the Rainbow Recognition Awards, music, and dancing!

Syracuse Symposium: Each year, Syracuse Symposium presents a public humanities events series, focused around an annual theme, which engages wider publics with innovative, interdisciplinary work in the humanities by renowned scholars, artists, authors, and performers.

WellsLink Transitions Ceremony: The Transitions Ceremony is a formal ceremony honoring WellsLink Scholars from the previous year who have successfully transitioned to their second year at Syracuse University.