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Build your community on campus at these multicultural Wisconsin Welcome events

Build your community on campus at these multicultural Wisconsin Welcome events

The words "Wisconsin Welcome"

Welcome to all our new and returning Badgers! We’re all so happy you’re here and can’t wait to greet you as you arrive on campus this fall.

There are so many opportunities to explore the campus, meet other students and learn about campus resources during Wisconsin Welcome from Aug. 28 to Oct. 2. Download the Wisconsin Welcome guide on your iOS or Android device to access up-to-date information, track events and more.

Check out the events below to find ways to connect with other students and learn about multicultural student organizations and campus resources. The events are free and open to everyone in the UW–Madison community.

Red Gym Tailgate and Watch PartyPoster with pictures of Wisconsin students in Badgers gear and event details included in the post.

Badgers assemble for a tailgate and watch party for the first home football game of the year! Join us for food, prizes and fun.

Multicultural Celebration of Organizations and Resources (MCOR)Colorful cutout images of students performing dances surrounding psychedelic bubble letters reading MCOR

Join us at MCOR for a night of fun! Cheer on performances by student groups and learn about the different multicultural organizations and resources on campus.

Multicultural Welcome Back Block Party

Sorority sisters wearing green stand in front of a large pillar honoring the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Divine Nine Garden Plaza grand opening, May 2022. (Photo by Andy Manis)

Join us at East Campus Mall near the new Divine Nine Garden Plaza for good food, good music, games and fellowship! Meet new folks and reconnect with familiar faces to celebrate the new school year at our special multicultural welcome back block party.

Social Justice Org Fair

Explore social justice organizations and initiatives on campus to find ways to get involved and strengthen our UW–Madison community.

Student Identity Centers Welcome Receptions

Colorful block letters reading "MSC: Multicultural Student Center"Learn about UW’s student identity centers, meet other students, connect with campus resources and build community. Each reception will have food and new swag from each identity center. Whether you’re new to campus or a returning student at the undergrad or graduate level, we hope to see you there.

Indigenous Student Center Reception

Latinx Cultural Center Reception

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Student Center Reception

Black Cultural Center Reception

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Multicultural Canada Day event at Water Ridge Park

Multicultural Canada Day event at Water Ridge Park

Canada Day is fast approaching, and the Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre, partnered with the City of Humboldt, is bringing some activities to Water Ridge Park for the event. 

Multicultural Canada Day takes place 3:00 – 8:00 pm and will be filled with entertainment, food, and plenty of activities to celebrate the diversity that Canada holds. 

Eilish McAnally, with the Newcomers Centre, explained what the day entails. 

“We are going to have bishop Chris, who is an Indigenous speaker, to come and talk about Truth and Reconciliation, we will also have Indigenous dancing and drumming. One of our clients from Ukraine is also singing, and Andino Suns, a Chile/Latin band from Regina is also performing.”

Dancing Horse will be performing the Indigenous dances and drums. Afterwards, Yana Yudina Jeewon, a Ukrainian singer, will take the stage.

Alongside the performances will be various activities to participate in. 

“There will be bouncy castles, Henna tattooing, some cultural foods from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and a free barbeque at 5:00 pm.”

Indian food and Ukrainian food are just some of the many delicacies you can come to expect, explained McAnally. 

The event is open to everyone, taking place July 1 at Water Ridge Park, and is sure to bring cultures together to celebrate the diverse country we live in. 

After the events at Water Ridge, there will be fireworks on the Uniplex grounds at dark. 

“The goal of the event is to bring everyone together and to learn about other cultures, and express other cultures as well.”

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The event is scheduled for June 11 at Heritage Village. Throughout the day there will be performances and food from different nations and cultures. So far this includes representatives of First Nation, Métis, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Philippines, Scotland, Venezuela and many more.

The event also coincides with the release of the 2021 RMWB census, which shows the Fort McMurray Wood Buffalo region is becoming increasingly diverse.

About 60 per cent of people living in the region are white, down from 64 per cent in the 2018 census. The second largest ethnic group in the region is South East Asian at 7.2 per cent and South Asian is the third largest at 6.7 per cent.

About 3.2 per cent of people identified as African, followed by mixed ethnicities (2.44 per cent), Black or African Canadian (two per cent), European (1.73 per cent), Arab (1.41 per cent), Hispanic or Latin American (1.08 per cent), Caribbean (0.67 per cent) and Oceanic (0.13 per cent).

First Nation reserves were not included in the census because they fall under federal jurisdiction. But the census found seven per cent of people living in the municipality are Indigenous.

Languages and religious beliefs are surveyed by Statistics Canada and were not included in the municipal census. Surveys on languages spoken will be published by Statistics Canada on Aug. 17, while data on religious beliefs and migration will be published on Oct. 26.