Through the Eyes of MENA
This March marks UW–Madison’s celebratory return of Middle Eastern North African (MENA) Heritage Month. Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Center and made possible by students whose passion for their heritage goes beyond borders and stereotypes, MENA Heritage Month recognizes a vibrant community, their stories, and their cultural contributions to the UW–Madison campus and beyond.
This month’s theme, Through the Eyes of MENA, is built on the pillars of safe space, reflective conversation, and a nostalgic sense of home. With different lenses into MENA cultures—dance, food, music, art, comedy, poetry, conversation, and more—this month provides a glimpse into our identities, through our eyes, away from the misconceptions that trail behind us.
This month will spread awareness, provide representation, and create spaces for MENA students—marking an inaugural celebration of this identity group. We hope that every event serves as recognition of MENA heritage, honoring the complexities and the unique beauties of our identities.
Special thanks to the 2023 MENA Heritage Month Collective and the Multicultural Student Center for leading the month’s celebration.
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Get To Know The Creator: Dana Tabaza
Dana Tabaza is a junior majoring in industrial engineering and data science with certificates in business, computer science, and international engineering.
Born and raised in Irbid, Jordan, Dana is a recent immigrant to the United States and takes great pride in her Palestinian-Jordanian heritage. As the driving force behind the university’s return of MENA Heritage Month, she has become the Multicultural Student Center’s first-ever MENA Cultural Programming Intern, breaking new ground for MENA representation on campus.
Her passion for advocating for space and inclusion extends to her work in the Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access Task Force (IDEA); Amnesty UW; and the Muslim Students Association. In her free time, Dana enjoys learning new languages, film photography, traveling, and hanging out with friends at the MSC.
MENA Heritage Month Planning Collective
Dana Tabaza, Co-chair
Haruka Padilla, Co-chair
Claudia Guzmán, Advisor
African Student Association
Alpha Lambda Mu
Alpha Lambda Rho
Arab Students Association
Middle Eastern Law Students Association
North African Student Organization
Persian Student Society
Saudi Student Association
Students for Justice in Palestine
Turkish Students Association
Center for Religion and Global Citizenry
Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Engineering Student Center
Muslim Student Association
WSB Multicultural Center
During March, UW–Madison continues the celebratory return of Middle Eastern North African (MENA) Heritage Month. Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Center (MSC) and made possible by students whose passion for their heritage goes beyond borders and stereotypes, MENA Heritage Month recognizes a vibrant community, their stories, and their cultural contributions.
The Red Gym and Pyle Center were full of colorful clothing, lively dancing and tasty food as “A Night at the Bazaar” kicked off Middle Eastern and North African Heritage Month.