Santa Clara University

Office for Multicultural Learning

Multicultural Welcome Dinner & Reception

The Annual Multicultural Welcome Dinner & Dessert 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 will begin with a served dinner in the California Mission Room with possible entertainment from the multicultural clubs, welcoming remarks by Father Michael E. Engh, and will close with a Dessert Reception in the Shapell Lounge hosted by the members of the multicultural student organizations on campus. All new 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, 2014
Class of 2018


DATE: October 7, 2014
LOCATION: Locatelli Student Activity Center
DOORS OPEN: 5:00 P.M.
DINNER PROGRAM:5:30 P.M.
DESSERT RECEPTIONS immediately following in the Multicultural Center at Shapell Lounge hosted by the multicultural student organizations (approximately 7:00 - 8:00 P.M.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the goal of the Multicultural Welcome Dinner 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 is the dinner? reception?

The dinner portion of the evening starts with doors opening at 5:00 p.m., dinner and entertainment following around 5:30 p.m. in the Locatelli Student Activity Center. The dessert receptions which are hosted by the members of the multicultural student organizations will be held immediately following the dinner on the Shapell Lounge Patio.

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 ethnic minorities should have received an invitation by the end of August. If you have not received an invitation, please contact us at 408.551.7152 or email us.

What should I wear to the event?

We ask that all new students wear casual attire (i.e anything but 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 come late to the dinner portion, but you may not have a seat. The Dessert Receptions are done in reception style so they won't require seats.

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

On-line RSVP is now closed. 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 guarantee you a seat.  Walk-ins will have to wait until all the RSVPs have been seated.

Can I invite my family to this 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 and friends at the Welcome Dinner Reception.

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