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MSC Programs & Signature Events

Multicultural Consciousness Series

The Multicultural Consciousness Series includes lectures, debates, panel discussions, films, videos, performances, and other events open to the larger UVA Community. The series features topics in diversity and multiculturalism within the University context and within the nation and world.  The goal of the series is to present thought-provoking topics that allow students to engage in thoughtful dialogue with one another, participate in discussions that may often involve controversy, and engage in thoughtful and critical dialogue along lines of difference. 

Fall 2019 Series

  • Gentrification & Classism in C'ville - Tuesday September 30, 6:30 PM - Multicultural Student Center 
  • Mixed Matched: Multiculturalism & Bone Marrow Donations - Tuesday, October 1, 8:00 PM - Multicultural Student Center
  • #RaceAnd Series: Race & Gender: Intersectionality of Black Womanhood - Tuesday, November 5, 7:00 PM - Multicultural Student Center 
  • #RaceAnd Series: Race & Sex: Let's Talk about Sex! - Tuesday, November 12, 5:00 PM - Multicultural Student Center 
  • #RaceAnd Series: Race & Mental Health - Tuesday November 19, 7:00 PM - Multicultural Student Center

Spring 2019 Series

  • Black Music and Black Histories - Thursday February 21, 5:30 PM - Multicultural Student Center

Fall 2018 Series

  • MSC Education Collabortive with SHHO (Student Hip Hop Organization) - Global Evolution of Hip Hop - October 2, 7PM
  • Race and Capitalism - Wednesday, October 17, 5pm - Media Activities Center / U-Guides Office, Lower Level Newcomb Hall (across from the LGBTQ Center)
  • Space and Memory - Tuesday, November 6 - Multicultural Student Center
  • Crazy Rich Asians, Movie Screening & Discussion - Friday, November 16 - Newcomb Theater, with discussion in the Multicultural Student Center


In Spring 2018, the series featured Intersectionality Dialogues: Real life people, real life experiences, with professors and students from intersectional themes of feminism, sexuality, race, class, and Islam.

Generously funded by the UVA Parents Fund.


Things I Wish I Knew 

TIWIK is speaker series where faculty and staff share personal experiences on their identity and background, their career path or field of work, or another topic of their choosing. This series of programs features UVA faculty and staff sharing life experiences within the context of things they wish they knew within a given moment or experience of their life and career. In an effort to showcase many of the diverse identities and experience of our faculty and staff, this program aims to provide insight for students as they navigate a diverse and ever changing world. As the saying goes, "Hindsight is 20/20".

  • September 17th, 2019 at 6pm - Ricardo Padrón will share his experiences with matters of ethnic identity as an undergraduate at U.Va. in the ‘80s, a grad student in the ‘90s, and a professor at U.Va. since 1997. Mr. Padrón is a native of Ecuador whose father was Cuban, and who grew up in the United States. He has been teaching in U.Va.’s Department of Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese for 21 years.Things I Wish I Knew is an initiative for faculty to share personal experiences on their identity and background, their career path or field of work, or another topic of their choosing. Come join the discussion. Catering will be provided.


Diversi-TEA Career Conversations

Diversi-Tea Career Conversations - a collabortive initiative with the University Career Center -  is a series of informal chats with alumni and friends of the university around topics including: personal identity and career exploration, navigating recruitment and applications, and building community through mentors and networks.  

  •  November 12th, 2019 at 6pm - Dr. Irene Mathieu, UVA Pediatrics - Dr. Mathieu shares insight into what it's like being in the medical field as a person of color and as an activism poet. She delves deeper into how to navigate identitty in the medical field and how she came into the position she is in now specifically focusing on her dual career in the creative arts and medicine. 


Pathways: Multicultural Leadership Series

Fall 2019 Series

September 23, 7:00pm - Multicultural Women Student Leadershop Panel 

October 29, 6:00pm - Let's Talk about Identity! Student Leader Panel 

November 14, 3:30pm - MSC Pathways & SYC Present: Cake with Comm & Chattin' w/ Batten

Spring 2018 Series

February 5, 5pm - Natalie Romero, Student Director, Multicultural Student Center

March 5, 6:30pm - Ibtisaam Amin, Chair, Minority Rights Coalition

    Fall 2018 Series 

    October 3, 5pm - Alex Cintron, President, UVA Student Council

    November 7, 7pm - Derrick Wang, Honor Committee

    November 28, 7pm - Joe Malasa, President, Organization for Young Filipino Americans (OYFA)