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Heritage Months at The Catholic University of America

The Office of Campus Activities provides and promotes intercultural programming throughout the academic year. These events and initiatives are designed to engage students in cultural exploration both on and off campus while reflecting the diversity of the Church. Consistent with the traditional value the Church has placed on the rich diversity of its family, Intercultural Programs at CUA invites the members of the CUA community to experience, expand, and explore their understanding of contemporary cultural influences on their daily lives.

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15)

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Black History Month (February)

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925.

Women's History Month (March)

Women's History Month had its origins as a national celebration in 1981 when Congress passed Pub. L. 97-28 which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as "Women's History Week." Throughout the next five years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as "Women's History Week." In 1987 after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as "Women's History Month."


Irish-American Heritage Month (March)

First celebrated in 1991, Irish American Heritage Month honors the contributions of Irish citizens to American life, and provides an opportunity to reflect on the diversity of Irish American culture.  March was designated as Irish American Heritage Month in order to coincide with St. Patricks Day.  

Asian Pacific Heritage Month (May)

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month - a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islanders of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

DC Events

The Catholic University of America is in the middle of Washington DC, which allows the CUA community to take advantage of hundreds of events each month in celebration of the city's rich diversity. The Smithsonian Museums are always scheduling free events, so check them out!

Here's a current newsletter from the Smithsonian Latino Center about Hispanic Heritage Month 2014.

Upcoming cultural events on campus this month

  • Feb 21, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Women of Color Happy Hour

    The Women of Color Happy Hour is a discussion group open to all CUA student, staff, and faculty members. The group strives to buil... more

  • Feb 21, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    A Conversation with Daniel Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland

    Irish American Law Students Association in partnership with the Irish Network DC (IN-DC) and the Program in Irish Studies presents... more

  • Feb 21, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Brookland Bake-off: Sachertorte Edition

    Come to the Great Austrian Bake-off and learn how to make (and enjoy) the famous Austrian chocolate cake, the Sachertorte!... more

  • Feb 22, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

    Byzantine Prayer Service

    The Byzantine Student Union meets every week in the Byzantine Chapel in the Basilica to pray together.  Please come join us!... more

  • Feb 23, 2018 7:00 pm - 11:59 pm

    Black & White Tie Affair: MOTOWN NIGHT

    The Black & White Tie Affair will be a showcase of culture presented by the different students that represent our Black Studen... more

  • Feb 24, 2018 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

    california dust - Peter Dueker (Photography and Video Exhibition)

    The Department of Art at The Catholic University of America is pleased to present california dust, an exhibition of photographs an... more

  • Feb 26, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    Italian Movie Night - Fai bei sogni

    Come join the Italian Club for a movie night!... more

  • Feb 27, 2018 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Tombola Night

    Join the Italian Club for a fun night of Tombola!  We'll also be discussing other events we have planned for the rest of the ... more

  • Feb 27, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    CUA IMEC General Meeting

    We will be hosting a meeting for our organization. We will be discussing Save A Child's Heart (SACH) a non- profit humanitarian or... more

  • Mar 7, 2018 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

    Women of Color Happy Hour

    The Women of Color Happy Hour is a discussion group open to all CUA student, staff, and faculty members. The group strives to buil... more