Events celebrating and promoting diversity are cherished traditions at Washington University. At these annual events, our community comes together to explore and enjoy a rich variety of cultures, customs and experiences.

Academic Women’s Network Dinners

See dates for upcoming dinners and other events through the Academic Women’s Network of the Washington University School of Medicine on its website.

African Film Festival

Learn about the African Film Festival and other events at the Washington University African Students Association website.

African Arts Festival

Visit to learn more about the African Arts Festival.

American Indian dancers

25th WashU Pow Wow at the Dunham Student Activity Center

Buder Center Pow Wow Festival

Visit the Buder Center’s website for information about the annual Pow Wow.

Day of Dialogue & Action

Each year, we come together to explore critical issues facing our community. We confront questions that challenge each of us to do better and be better.

2019: Dialogues Across Difference
2018: The Psychology of Mindset and Resilience
2017: A Mosaic of True Stories
2016: A Focus on Inclusion
2015: Race & Ethnicity

Diwali Celebrations

Ashoka, the South Asian Student Association, offers information about how to get involved with and attend annual Diwali celebrations.

Eid Al Adha

Learn about observations of Eid Al Adha at WashU by visiting the Muslim Student Association website.

German Day

Each year, the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures hosts German Day; find details at the department’s website.

Two students at the Holi Festival

The Holi Festival on the South 40 hosted by Ashoka, Washington University’s South Asian Cultural Group.


Discover Holi on the South Asian Student Association’s website.

Japanese Film Festival

Learn about the annual celebration of Japanese film by visiting the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures website.

LGBT Faculty & Staff Reception

For information about the next LGBT Faculty & Staff Reception, email Cecilia Hanan Reyes.

Students dance with fans

Lunar New Year Festival in Edison Theatre

Lunar New Year Festival

Learn more about this festival and various aspects of Asian culture by visiting the Lunar New Year Website.

Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration

Get details about the next Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration and the committee planning it.

Reception for Women Faculty

Learn about the reception sponsored by the Association of Women Faculty, Academic Women’s Network and Office of the Provost on the Association of Women Faculty website.

South Asian Heritage Month

Learn about South Asian Heritage Month (SAHM) by visiting the website for Ashoka, the South Asian Student Association.

Swedish Film Night

Find information about Swedish Film Night on the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures website.


Learn about the inaugural Trailblazers event here.

St. Louis Community Events


Ashley Ware Jenkins stars as Ti Moune in The Black Rep’s “Once on This Island.” The show was presented in Edison Theatre in spring 2015.

The Black Rep

Discover the upcoming season of shows on the Black Rep’s website.

Italian Film Festival

Find dates and times for the annual festival that brings premieres of award-winning Italian film to St. Louis on the festival’s website.

St. Louis Black Film Festival

The St. Louis Black Film Festival showcases independent films featuring African diaspora central characters or subject matter.  Learn more on the St. Louis Black Film Festival website.

St. Louis Indian Dance Festival

See upcoming events on the Soorya Performing Arts website, including the annual Indian Dance Festival and events featuring other Indian art forms.

St. Louis International Film Festival

Presented by Cinema St. Louis, the St. Louis International Film Festival brings cutting-edge features and shorts from around the globe to St. Louis. Learn about this year’s festival on the Cinema St. Louis website.