Signature events

Each year, the Multicultural Student Development Office puts on a number of different signature events, designed to raise awareness as well as build community at Calvin. Browse the links below to learn more about each event, and be sure to look for ways to get involved!

LEGACY Orientation

LEGACY orientation introduces incoming students to Calvin through activities and creative workshops focusing on belonging, thriving, and developing your own legacy at the college. During the LEGACY experience, you will connect to your freshman peers and the upper class multicultural students, staff and professors who will be allies and advocates for your success at Calvin.          

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UnLearn Week

UnLearn week

UnLearn week, a week of anti-racism programs designed to challenge the many generalizations, stereotypes and assumptions that maintain racism in our society.


Poetry Jam

Poetry Jam

Annual event where students showcase their poetic and musical talents. An evening of great artistic exploration including spoken word, music, and visual art. Several Calvin students and local artists participate in this event. Poetry Jam takes place once a semester in the Cave Café/Fish House. If you are interested in participating in the Poetry Jam please contact

International treasure

International Treasure

An exploration of cultural food, dress, and popular pass times, each dorm will represent a different world region. Students are given a passport and encouraged to document their travels with a stamp received at each dorm. International Treasure in November. 

Holiday Banquet

Holiday Banquet

Elegant evening of celebration and honor. Students enjoy a banquet style dinner and performances. This event closes the MSDO fall event series. Holiday Banquet takes place in December.

Go Global

Students focus on a common element that is used globally. This event explores how the element is used within various cultures. For example the international use of rice, Christianity, and or silver.

Recognition Banquet

Event recognizes and celebrates MSDO student leadership teams, and graduating seniors. Elegant evening of music, dance, gratitude, and closer.