Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity > Education > Programming > Cultural Programming
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity is committed to offering a variety of cultural programming events throughout the year. We work in partnership with departments, units, organizations, and ERG's throughout the university on events designed to celebrate our differences. These events are planned to increase diversity awareness and understanding among our DePaul community.
The Diversity Signature Series (DSS) highlights prominent national heritage month celebrations and other cultural events of the university's centers, institutes, and academic departments. Through this collaboration, OIDE creates an annual diversity calendar of sponsored programs that we help to promote throughout the academic year.
On October 11, 2023, we celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, as we welcomed Dr. Lilia Fernandez, a distinguished Professor of History at the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Fernandez shared her valuable insights with us during her talk titled, "Reclaiming our History: Making Hispanic Heritage Month Meaningful".
To view previous years' Hispanic Heritage Month events, please click below.
On January 16, 2023, we celebrated Black History Month, as we welcomed Jahmal Cole, CEO & Founder of My Block, My Hood, My City. Mr. Cole gave an impassioned speech about the importance of community activism.
To view previous years' Black History Month events, please click below.
On November 9, 2023, we welcomed David Friend, Phil Pinto, and Amber Morning Star Byars, to participate in a panel discussion about their film Lakota Nation vs. United States. The panelists discussed the making of the film and answered questions from the audience.
To view previous years' Native American Heritage Month events, please click below.
How can the arts support justice and healing? Several resources that address this question are featured here: 1) two film documentaries: A Song for Cesar and Dolores, 2) a panel discussion (featuring Dolores Huerta and others) that connects A Song for Cesar to the El Paso Healing Garden, a memorial designed to help El Pasoans heal from a racially-motivated mass-shooting, and 3) a lecture that discusses how art and spirituality—as deep forms of education—can help to promote justice and healing.