CREI Programs & Events

Center for Race, Equity, and Identity has sponsored, cosponsored, and supported an array of educational, cultural, political, activist, and social programs. Some examples of current and on-going programs are listed below:

Celebrate Affinity Months

Join us for an array of educational, cultural, political, activist, and social events celebrating different identities.

Celebrate Year-Round

Tasty Tuesday

The first Tuesday of every month, CREI features food from a different culture for the community to taste. The Center has held Tasty Tuesday events to provide a space for learning about relationships between culture and food. 

Summoning the Village: Affinity Spaces

Various affinity spaces for processing, healing, reflection as a community.

Nuestro Espacio

Nuestro Espacio is exclusively for students who self-identify as Latinx and/or Hispanic, including those who are biracial and multiracial.


#BlackJoy is exclusively for students who self-identify as African American, Black, and/or apart of the African Diaspora, including those biracial and multiracial.

Accommodate This!

Accommodate This! is exclusively for students who self-identify as (dis)abled/having disabilities, including, but not limited to those with physical disabilities, those who are neurodivergent, and those with chronic conditions.


ASPIre is exclusively for students who self-identify as Asian American, South and Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, East Asian, and Middle Eastern including those who are biracial and multiracial.


Lavender is exclusively for student who self-identify as (but not limited to) lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, trans, non-binary, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, two-spirit, and same gender loving.

House of Marsha

House of Marsha is exclusive for those who self-identify as both students of color and LGBTQ+. House of Marsha is named for Marsha P. Johnson was an activist, self-identified drag queen, performer, and survivor. She was a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. Marsha went by “Black Marsha” before settling on Marsha P. Johnson. The “P” stood for “Pay It No Mind,” which is what Marsha would say in response to questions about her gender.

LGBTQIA+ Luncheons & Gatherings

A monthly affinity space exclusively for self-identified lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual, two spirit, and same gender loving students, faculty, and staff to be in community with one another.

Affinity Graduation Ceremonies & Celebrations

Lavender Ceremony

Lavender Ceremony is an annual celebration conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the college. Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates are invited to take part in the celebration, which occurs each year the week prior to the college-wide commencement events.  Learn more

Donning of the Kente Ceremony

A rite of passage, rooted in African tradition, “in which seniors [of color] recognize loved ones or mentors who have been instrumental in their success” (Ross, 2009). During the intimate ceremony, graduating seniors will be donned with a stole of kente, a fabric native to Ghana reserved for special occasions, and acts as a visual history for the wearer’s own cultural ethos.  Learn more

Latinx Triunfos

The ceremony will reflect the unity of our students who identify as Hispanic and Latino/a/x while embracing the nuanced differences of cultures.  Learn more

International Student Reception

The reception is an opportunity to honor Goucher’s international students and students who strongly identify as having an international background.  Learn more

Affinity Graduation Ceremonies FAQ

Academic Programs

Goucher has several comprehensive education and financial assistance programs to help our students succeed.  

The Maryland Scholars Program is a four-year education and financial assistance program for first-generation Maryland residents from under-served socio-economic backgrounds who exhibit intellectual promise, motivation, and scholarship.