Learn more about programs offered by Emmanuel College Multicultural Programs, including the Genesis Celebration, St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, Through the Wire series and more.

Through the Wire

Created in 2005, Through the Wire is the College's diversity lecture series. It serves as a way to stimulate intellectual discourse on campus with an emphasis on issues of race, racism, gender, sexual orientation, class and socioeconomic status. The series provides a mix of dynamic speakers to engage and challenge all Emmanuel students—particularly underrepresented student populations—to affirm identity, challenge stereotypes and become active learners of their cultures and history.

The lecture series is a partnership with the Asian Student Association, Black Student Union, Emmanuel College Programming Board, H.U.E.L.L.A.S., and the Student Government Association.


Multicultural E-Board Retreat

This retreat is designed to prepare executive board members of Emmanuel's multicultural organizations to serve as student leaders and role models. Emphasis is placed on team building, group dynamics, conflict resolution, inter-group collaboration and the challenges associated with representing underrepresented populations on campus.

Nia Retreat

The Nia Retreat brings students of color together at an off-campus site to reflect on their experiences at Emmanuel as an ethnic minority. The retreat will assists you to develop skills in leadership team building, group dynamics, self-advocacy and identity formation. Retreat participants will also be connected with alumni of color, who will provide you with guidance and advice on how to navigate Emmanuel.


Mission Grammar to Emmanuel College (MG2EC) is a new initiative offered in partnership with Emmanuel College and OLPH Mission Grammar School. A "book club" that focuses on culture, history, literacy and college readiness, MG2EC is designed to coincide with themed monthly programs celebrated at Emmanuel (Black History Month, etc.) and/or current topics.

The goals of the program are:

  • Empower Mission Grammar scholars, through mentorship, to see higher education as a viable option.
  • For Mission Grammar scholars to gain the ability to engage in discussions that allow for critical thinking and high-level communication skills.

St. Patrick's Day

The St. Patrick's Day Celebration is the newest program offered by Multicultural Programs, celebrating Irish culture and St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland, through traditional folk music, storytelling, artwork, history dance and more.

The night of festivities is followed by a St. Patrick's Mass, offered through Campus Ministry.


Genesis Celebration

The Genesis Celebration is an opportunity for graduating students of color and their families to participate in a graduation ceremony with special emphasis on various cultural forms of celebration. Celebrating a new beginning—the next chapter in a graduate's life—the Genesis Celebration brings together members of the faculty, staff, administration and alumni.