National Voter Registration Day is a national event celebrating our democracy. It was first observed in 2012 and has been growing in popularity every year since. UMW Votes, working in partnership with the Center for Community Engagement, will be holding an event on Ball Circle with Big Games, music, voter registration stations, information stations, and other activities. The goal of this non-partisan activity is to raise the awareness of the importance of civic engagement and encourage UMW students to register to vote.
This event provides the opportunity for new and returning students to get “Into the Streets.” Students can choose to participate in one of several community service projects at local agencies. Past projects have included building with Habitat for Humanity, yard work for the Fredericksburg community, walking dogs at the SPCA, making meals for the homeless shelter, doing crafts with the elderly at a local retirement facility and helping out with Friends of the Rappahannock.
Every year on a Sunday towards the end of October, COAR provides local children with a safe place to trick-or-treat in groups on campus. Themed games, crafts, snacks and costumes make for a fun way to spend an autumn day! Mary Washington students are invited to help with trick-or-treating, games and crafts.
Taste of Asia is an annual celebration of Asian culture. This event educates the community about different aspects of Asian cultures and lifestyles through a fashion show, dance performances, and a variety of ethnic foods.
Co-sponsored by the Black Student Association
As a means of unifying the African and African-American communities, Dr. Maulana Karenga established Kwanzaa, a non-religious holiday celebrating and honoring African culture and heritage throughout the world. A seven-day celebration, Kwanzaa features candle lighting, pouring of libations, and the culminating feast and gift giving. Please join us as we partake in the activities and rituals of Kwanzaa and enjoy a feast together.
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Student Association/Hillel
Passover is the Jewish celebratory feast that honors the emancipation of Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Traditionally, Jewish families gather on the first few nights of Passover for dinner and the Seder ritual, in which a family or community retells the story of the liberation.