Multicultural Student Services

Programming Highlights

International Week

The purpose of International Week is to highlight the presence of international students, faculty, and staff on our campus.  The festival features presentations by international students and staff on their native countries.  Hendrix students who have studied abroad are also encouraged to share their experiences with the campus and to encourage other students to participate in the event.  The centerpiece of International Week is the dinner, which features savory food from many different countries and cultures

“Remember, Celebrate, Act”:  The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Hendrix College Martin Luther King celebration is an annual community celebration commemorating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his life, current significance, and his legacy.  Events consist of a community march, community carnival, and a chapel service.

Heritage Celebration

All individuals or organizations that desire to celebrate diversity are encouraged to participate in the Heritage Celebration. Displays at the celebration may include items such as photos, artwork, crafts, clothing, food and informational handouts, among others.  Participants also may perform cultural music, song, dance, readings or other activities to demonstrate the richness of their heritage or culture.


Other MISS Activities

Campus-wide Diversity Awareness

  • Chinese Corner- Chinese culture items on display and available to students in the library
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Conway March
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel Service
  • MDC’s Southern Culture Festival with musician Kalai and Southern art display
  • MDC’s Diversity, Openness, Acceptance Week (DAO)
  • Information boards for Hispanic Heritage and Native American Heritage months
  • MDC and SBC diversity discussions
  • “Black Voice” with SBC
  • MISS Office Hip Hop Hump Night with Hendrix student performers
  • SBC’s “Back to School Bash”
  • MDC and SBC Movie Nights- Madea Goes to Jail, Madea’s Family Reunion 
  • MDC comedians- Owen Smith, Tracy Ashley
  • Cultural Connection Committee Baseball game cook-out
  • SBC’s Gospel Explosion
  • Project Pericles discussion on Rwandan Genocide: 15 Years Later
  • Rwandan Genocide Remembrance Week display
  • Rwandan Genocide Remembrance Week movies Shooting Dogs and As We Forgive 


International Student Activities

  • International Student Orientation 
  • International Ambassador program that pairs new international and exchange students with returning students to assist them in their adjustment to Hendrix and the U.S.
  • Fall introduction gathering for International Ambassadors and international students
  • International Student Spring Orientation
  • International Student Arrival – Welcomed exchange and international students as they arrived at the airport and coordinated their trips to Hendrix campus with Ambassadors. 
  • Fall International Orientation Outing for students.  Went to Gator Golf park with their ambassadors. 
  • International Faculty and Staff Reception
  • International Talent Show
  • International Food Bazaar
  • UCA Thanksgiving meal
  • Going away party for exchange students departing in December
  • International break meals.  Arranged several meals for international students remaining on-campus during winter break.
  • International Welcome and Study Abroad Welcome Back Reception
  • Distributed Halloween treat bags from the Alumni Association
  • Bon Voyage party for departing exchange and graduating international students in May
  • Distributed going away gifts and certificates of study abroad completion to departing exchange students


Community Outreach

  • MDC Block Party.  Multicultural organizations entertained members of the Hendrix and surrounding Pine Street community with food, fun, and music.
  • Diversity Discussion- Disability issues
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Community Carnival with Boys and Girls Club
  • Altheimer All Stars mentoring program
  • All Stars and Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club Hendrix Visit Weekend


Intra-group Activities

  • College Expectations program, which allows freshmen to meet with faculty, staff, and upperclassmen to receive advice about succeeding at Hendrix, for African American, Hispanic, and Asian American freshmen.
  • Ramadan celebration
  • Chinese Moon Cake Festival
  • SPEAC Pinnacle Mountain outing



Diversity Awareness Trips

  • Clinton Library visit to view the “Breaking the Veils” Muslim women artists exhibit.
  • Doing Diversity event- visit to Bethlehem House (local transitional homeless shelter)
  • Lunar New Year celebration trip to Memphis
  • Trip to Southeast Arkansas and Greenville, Mississippi to visit former Japanese American Internment camps, Lake Port Plantation House, and the Highway 61 Blues Museum
  • African Dinner, Dancing, and Drumming event in Little Rock


Training and Leadership Development Opportunities

  • Diversity activity for Resident Assistants
  • F-1 regulations training events for international students
  • Multicultural Leadership Retreat with multicultural student organization leaders
  • Cultural Connection Committee monthly meetings to discuss campus diversity issues
  • Monthly multicultural student organizations leadership meeting
  • Alice Hines Award recipient chosen


Service Delivery

  • Provided ongoing immigration advising to international and exchange students
  • Provided ongoing support to multicultural and international students
  • Participated in campus-wide events, such as the Student Activities Fair, Sophomore Orientation, and Hendrix Visit days