Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

Multicultural Welcome Reception

The Annual Multicultural Welcome Reception is an opportunity for the University community as represented by the President, Provost, faculty, staff, and student leaders to welcome the new and transfer students who make up Santa Clara University's multicultural populations including Pan-Africans, Asian/ Pacific Americans, Native Americans, Chicano/Latinos, Multiracial and our international students.

The theme, "Making Connections, Creating Opportunities, and Celebrating Diversity", sets the objectives of this celebration, which helps connect us together as one community, create opportunities for leadership, and enables us as a community to celebrate our diversity. 

The program is a reception with possible entertainment from the multicultural clubs, welcoming remarks by Father Michael E. Engh, and will close with a Resource Fair hosted by the members of the multicultural student organizations on campus. All new and continuing students of color are invited to this annual event. If you haven't received an invitation, please contact us at 408.551.7152.

Fall Quarter, 2015
Class of 2019

DATE: October 6, 2015
LOCATION: Locatelli Student Activity Center
PROGRAM:5:30-6:30 P.M.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the Multicultural Welcome Reception?

For the University community to welcome all new and transfer students who are members of the historically underrepresented ethnic populations including African Americans, Asian / Pacific Islanders Americans, Chicano/Latinos, Native Americans, Multiracial and international students.

When does the the reception start and end?

Doors will open at 5:00 p.m., program and entertainment start around 5:30 p.m. in the Locatelli Student Activity Center and will end around 6:30 p.m. The Resource Fair which is hosted by the members of the multicultural student organizations will be held immediately following the reception.

Who will be attending?

All the new and transfer students of color (see question #1) and the new international students will be welcomed by President, Provost, faculty, staff, and student leaders.

I did not receive an invitation, but I am a new student and I belong in one of the groups and I want to attend the event. What should I do?

All new and transfer students who self-identified on their admission application as belonging to any of the historically under represented ethnic minorities should have received an invitation at home by the beginning of September. If you have not received an invitation, please contact us at 408.551.7152 or email us.

Can I bring any friend to the reception?

In an effort to build cross-cultural relationships among the students we encourage all new students to bring a new friend to the reception. A new friend that you just made on SCU campus, who is racially/ethnically different from yourself.

Do I need to RSVP for my friend?

Yes.  When you RSVP at the link below, there will be a field to enter your friend's name.

What should I wear to the event?

We ask that all new students wear casual attire (i.e no tank tops, flip-flops, physical education sportwear, short shorts, reversed hat); all faculty, staff, and current students wear business casual clothes.

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Can I come late to the celebration if I have a class at that time?

Yes, you can but you may not have a seat for the Reception portion. The Resource Fair is mingling time so it won't require seats.

Can I RSVP (confirm my attendance) on-line?

Please RSVP here. Walk-ins are welcome but will have to wait until all the RSVPs have been seated.

Is it necessary to RSVP for this event?

We need to prepare a name badge for each attendee and have limited space so you will need to confirm your attendance. We will need a "Yes" or "No" answer. A "Maybe" or "Don't know" will not get you on the RSVP list.  Walk-ins will have to wait until all the RSVPs have been seated.

Can I invite my family to this event?

This is a student-only event.  We do encourage your family's involvement in your educational experience here at Santa Clara. However, at this time we cannot accommodate new students' families at the Welcome Reception. 

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