Cultural Dinners

Harvey Milk Celebration Dinner 2016


IUPUI's seventh annual Harvey Milk Dinner

 will take place on Saturday, October 22 at the Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m.

IUPUI is pleased to host Ms. Precious Davis as this year's keynote speaker. Precious Davis is an award winning diversity professional, social 

justice facilitator, and keynote speaker. Davis finds deep meaning in engaging individuals in conversation surrounding bias, bigotry, and prejudice in their communities on the basis and belief that humans can coexist with one another positively through the embracing of each other's differences and the celebrating of human diversity. Davis recently was awarded the prestigious "30 under 30" award from the Windy City Times and was invited to The White House LGBT Pride reception where she had the honor of meeting President Obama. Davis is also the first transgender bride to be featured on TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress" and is currently the Assistant Director of Diversity Recruitment Initiatives at Columbia College Chicago.

Precious Davis

Registration is now available Alumni, faculty/staff, and community tickets are $55 each. Student tickets are available at $25 e

ach. Table and corporate sponsorships are available for campus and community groups. The annual Harvey Milk Dinner is hosted in collaboration with the IUPUI LGBTQ Student Alliance, the LGBT Faculty Staff Council, the IUPUI LGBTQ+ Center, and Social Justice Education. Presently, for additional information, please use

Cesar Chávez Celebration Dinner


Many who identify as Latin@ revere Cesar Chávez as a true hero and advocate for historically marginalized populations, especially when it comes to the labor movement. César Chávez’ commitment to justice and human dignity has led to equal rights for migrant workers and still inspires the Latin@ community today. The César Chávez Celebration Dinner provides an opportunity to support those who aspire to be leaders for the Latin@ community.  This year the IUPUI Latino Student Association (LSA) is hosting the 10th Annual César Chávez Celebration Dinner on Friday, March 25, 2017 at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis with keynote speaker Rosa Clemente. Doors open at 6:00pm with the program beginning promptly at 6:30pm.

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5th Annual Asian Heritage Celebration Dinner

Tickets are now on sale! Please complete the 2016 Ticket Reservation form and return the form, with payment, to the Office of Student Involvement.

This year the Asian Student Union will be hosting its 5th Annual Asian Heritage Celebration Dinner on Sunday April 10th, 2016. The dinner is a way of celebrating and honoring the heritage of IUPUI’s Asian Pacific American Community. By honoring the Asian Pacific American (APA) community, we are charging onwards with this important tradition of building stronger community partnerships and networks.

By honoring the Asian-Pacific American (APA) community, we are charging onwards with this important tradition ofbuilding stronger community partnerships and networks. The mission behind this year’s dinner is to encourage andinspire all guests to embrace their ethnic and cultural heritage while simultaneously empowering themselves byfostering their own identities and future by introducing this year’s theme of “Embrace The Past: Empower The Future.”Our hope for the event is to ignite the passion for change within students by empowering and uplifting them, but alsoreminding them of their roots and not forget where they come from. By knowing our past, we have a clear vision forthe change we want in the future.

The keynote speaker this year will be Stephanie Camba, an undocumented artist and organizer passionate about creating healthy, sustainable, and roots-centered community spaces grounded in wellness and creative self-expression of each being as a modality of healingand tool for systemic social change. As the DACA and Community Outreach Coordinator with AFIRE, the Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights andEmpowerment, Stephanie collaborates with schools, students, and families to build a self-determining communityversed in their power, inherent value as beings on this planet, and their ability to self-advocate and self-heal.


The IUPUI Black Student Union will host the 47th Annual IUPUI Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Dinner on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2016 in the Indiana Roof Ballroom on West Washington Street in Downtown Indianapolis. Doors open at 5:30pm with the program beginning promptly at 6:00pm.

 The keynote speaker for the this year will be activist, author, scholar, and Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Angela Davis. Angela Davis has conducted extensive research on race, gender, and mass incarceration and helped to popularize the term “prison industrial complex.” Her articles and essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, and she is the author of eight books, including Abolition Democracy, Are Prisons Obsolete?; the new edition of Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass; and The Meaning of Freedom.  In addition, Angela Davis is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organization dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organization based in Queensland, Australia, which works in solidarity with women in prison. During the last twenty-five years, Angela Davis has lectured in all of the fifty United States, as well as in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and the former Soviet Union, in order to help people imagine a world without prisons.

Individual tickets are $25 for students, $65 for IUPUI faculty, staff, and alumni and $75 for community members. To purchase a ticket please fill out the ticket reservation form and bring it to the Office of Student Involvement in Room 370 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

In addition to individual dinner tickets, table and sponsorship packages are available for purchase. The sponsorship packages range from $425 - $1000, and include dinner tickets, the sponsorship of student tickets, and advertisement space in the dinner program.

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