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Signature Events

UT Welcome Week: MSL Welcome Back Celebration

The MSL Welcome Back Celebration provides an opportunity for all first-year and returning students to participate in the Fall Open House for the Office of Multicultural Student Life. This open house features a student organization fair where students can learn about getting involved with our multicultural student organizations; take a tour of the Frieson Black Cultural Center, which also provides information on our Tutorial and Book Loan Programs; enjoy live entertainment by students; and get special prizes from our community partners. Held annually, the MSL Welcome Back Celebration is a part of UT Welcome Week festivities and is a free event for all members of the university community. The celebration is a great way to meet new people from diverse backgrounds, make new friends, and connect with important campus resources. Be sure to come out to sample foods from local restaurants, enjoy performances from fraternities and sororities, and learn more about student organizations, university departments, local religious centers, beauty and barber shops, and community businesses.

Diversity Dialogue Symposium

The Office of Multicultural Student Life partners with various campus offices and academic departments to host a one-day, campus-wide diversity symposium. The Diversity Dialogue Symposium will provide a meaningful out-of-class experience and foster a campus environment where students are free to discuss cultural differences. The symposium will provide an opportunity to engage the campus community in a dialogue about current topics related to diversity. All students, faculty, staff, parents, and community members of all backgrounds are welcome to participate. This event is certain to have a lasting impact, as all participants will be encouraged to take what they learn to enhance the campus environment and make a positive difference for all members of the university community.

UT Black Issues Conference

The purpose of this conference is to offer a forum for research and discussion of issues affecting the African American culture. This conference features a nationally known keynote speaker; in addition to a diverse set of workshops and panel discussions led by undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, administrators and members of the local, regional, and national communities. The conference is open to all students. The conference started in 2005, and now boasts an average of 300 participants. Pre-registration is required for participation in this event. This conference is a joint partnership between the NAACP-UT Chapter and the Office of Multicultural Student Life. Annually a host of diverse student organizations, university departments, and corporations help to sponsor this event.

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