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Multiracial Heritage Month

Multiracial Heritage Month at UMD takes place every March, and is one of the first in the nation. We spend the month honoring the identities, stories, and histories of mixed-race, multiethnic, and transracial adoptee individuals. This page will be updated with information about community events throughout the month March! 

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March 2024 Multiracial Heritage Month Theme

"I AM: Agency, Action, Autonomy"

This year's theme is about self-determination in terms of identity ("I get to decide who I am") and activism ("we get to decide who we are''). By boldly stating "I AM" we defy the pressure on multiracial and transracially adopted people to qualify and explain our identities in fractions and percentages, or using 'but's and 'however's. Multiracial and transracially adopted people are whole and full representations of all their respective identities - full stop. We also highlight agency, action, and autonomy to describe the fearsome power of multiraciality and transracial adoptees as agents of change and activists working towards building a more just world.

As we move toward March, where University of Maryland stands as a nationwide leader in supporting multiracial and transracially adopted students, we are soliciting program submissions to be featured on the official Multiracial Heritage Month calendar.

We welcome all events and programs, and especially encourage ones related to our theme. Please submit your program no later than February 14, 2024 to be featured on the MRHM 2024 calendar. If you have any questions or concerns regarding Multiracial Heritage Month or how your organization can be involved, please contact Hana Zewdie at hzewdie@umd.edu.

Link to Submit Your Event: bit.ly/MRHMsubmission

Deadline: February 14, 2024

Definitions

What does multiracial mean?
Multiracial is an umbrella term for people with more than one racial identity or heritage. It can also be referred to as mixed-race. For example, someone with Asian and Black heritage might identify as biracial, which is under the multiracial umbrella.

What does multiethnic mean?
Multiethnic specifically refers to people with more than one ethnic identity, who may also have one or more more racial identity. For example, someone with Japanese and Bangladeshi heritage would be multiethnic, even though they only have Asian racial identities. On the other hand, someone of Thai and Irish heritage would be both multiethnic and multiracial.

What is a transracial adoptee?
Transracial adoptees are individuals who have been adopted into a family with a different racial identity than their own. For example, an Asian individual adopted into a white family, or a white child raised by a Black family.

What is monoracism?
Monoracism is systemic social oppression that targets individuals who do not fit into monoracial (identifying as one race) categories, groups, or phenomena (Harris, 2016; Johnston & Nadal, 2010).

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