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ALANA Programs and Initiatives

The center is dedicated to supporting a number of programs and initiatives supporting multiculturalism and inclusivity on Colgate’s campus. An appreciation of culture is vital in an increasingly globally focused world.
Programs like heritage month celebrations support cultural education.

Heritage Month Celebrations

Various cultural celebrations take place nationally throughout the year, including African American, Hispanic Heritage, Asian Awareness, and Native American History Months. We have space and funding available for students, faculty, and staff to hold cultural events centered on these celebrations.

Alumni of Color (AOC)

We collaborate with Office of Alumni Relations to encourage the engagement of alumni of color on campus. We also strive to create opportunities for current students of color to find mentorship and guidance from Colgate's alumni network. Learn more about this history of ALANA and the AOC, as well as more about the AOC today.

Student Ambassador Program

Every year we select 6-8 students for our ambassador team. These students are responsible for event planning and the overall operation of the center as they support our goals of multiculturalism and inclusivity. Each student is paid for his or her service.

Contact Us

Please contact us to learn more about our programs or initiatives. Either stop in to see us at the center on campus (campus map), or call us at 315-228-7330.

VISION: Multicultural Group Leader Meetings

We meet regularly to bring together the student leadership of multicultural student groups to discuss programming and campus issues. Our goals are for every student group to support other groups' events, and also to avoid duplication of efforts and services.

Thrive (Brown Bag) Lunch

Every 2nd Wednesday of the month from 12:00-1:00 p.m., ALANA will sponsor “The Thriving Lunch,” a brown bag series dedicated to discussing issues with communities of colors and intersecting identities, with the intent to focus on thriving in your everyday life. “Thriving” means helping students to further their ethnic/racial identity exploration, find support and community, and strengthen their self-concept, esteem, and overall wellness. These lunches are open to anyone who would like to better thrive and/or support students in these goals! Come have a meal and dive deeper into how to better thrive with ALANA.

Empower: Student of Color Support Group

Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Location: Counseling Center

This support group is led by the ALANA Cultural Center Director.  It was developed to foster honest, supportive, validating, and collaborative discussions about how to survive and thrive in college as a person of color.  This group is also designed to be a place of community and support.  Topics may include, but are not limited to, feeling like you don't belong, difficulty navigating the college environment as a person of color, fear or failure/perfectionism, fear of being stereotyped, intersection of identities with being a person of color, emotional health, current national and local events that cause race-related stress, academic stressors, and self-care.
If interested, please email LeAnna Rice at