Fall 2023 Events

Express Fest

Wednesday, August 23 | 11:00 am - 2:00 pm | Cultural Center Lawn

Annual open house welcoming students to the fall semester featuring student resource fair, connect with Purdue departments and organizations, live performance, and tours of the cultural centers.  

Event held in collaboration with the Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center (AAARCC), Latino Cultural Center (LCC), and funding support from the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging (ODIB)

A Conversation with Oklahoma Cherokee Artist Bryan Waytula 

Thursday, September 14 | 3:00 - 4:30 pm | NAECC 

As part of the Eiteljorg Museum's Artist-in-Residence, Bryant Waytula (Cherokee) from Sand Springs, Oklahoma will join us on campus for an enlightening conversation focused on his artistic journey and his motivation from his mother and grandmother, both considered Cherokee Treasures in the art of basketry. Waytula is the featured Artist-in-Residence for the month of September at the Eiteljorg Museum.

Event held in collaboration with the Eiteljorg Museum. 


Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration

Storytelling and Weaving Demonstration featuring Tsimshian Artists, David R. Boxley and Kandi McGilton
Wednesday, October 11 | 6:00 - 7:30 pm | NAECC 
NAECC Garden Clean-up
Thursday, October 12 | 4:00 - 5:30 pm 
NAECC Three Sisters Garden Community Lunch
Friday, October 13 | 12:00 - 1:30 pm | NAECC 




Fall 2023 Programs

Spilling the TEA

5:00 - 6:00 pm | NAECC 

Fall engagement speaker series with invited guests sharing their stories centered on Indigenous traditions, ecosystems, and advocacy (TEA). Each week will include Indigenous teas from tribal nations across the U.S.

Tuesday, September 12: Welcome and Introduction

Tuesday, September 26: CARE

Tuesday, October 17: Three Sisters Garden

Tuesday, October 31: "Killers of the Flower Moon" Book Discusson

Tuesday, November 14: Native American Heritage Month

Tuesday, November 28: Discussion on Great Lakes Native Culture with Monica Raphael


**Recurring programs are provided with partial funding from Purdue Student Fee Advisory Board


Fall Wellness Wednesdays

4:00 - 5:00 pm | NAECC 

Fall program series focused on wellness, self-care, and restoration. Join us for the following programs:

Wednesday, September 13: Art Therapy featuring CARE

Wednesday, October 11: Sewing Personal Pillows

Wednesday, November 15: Painting Canvas Bags


**Recurring programs are provided with partial funding from Purdue Student Fee Advisory Board




Stress Free Zone - December 4th through 8th, 2023 

Events held during Purdue's Quiet Week to help students prepare for finals and relieve stress with program, activities, and food! An added bonus, dinner (lunch on Friday) will be provided for students. All events will take place at the NAECC.

NAECC Extended Hours for Quiet Week
Monday through Thursday: 9 am - 7 pm
Friday: 9 am - 5 pm



Monday, December 4
"Elf" Movie Marathon

1:00 - 4:00 pm

A holiday tradition continues, stop by to watch the movie classic, "Elf" and enjoy some of his favorite snacks.

5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner: Pasta Night

Tuesday, December 5
Craft Time

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Bring your creativity and sew a personal pillow and make friendship bracelets. 

Therapy Dogs

4:00 - 5:00 pm

Enjoy some canine comfort with a few of our four-legged friends. 

5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner: Tacos


Wednesday, December 6
DIY Aromatherapy

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Create your own relaxation roller balls and bracelets with essential oils. 

Chair Massages

2:30 - 4:30 pm

Free chair massages at the NAECC! Sign up for a 10 minute massage by contacting Tiffany Lechuga, email at tcusterl@purdue.edu or call 765-494-4540. Special thanks to Recreation and Wellness from Purdue Co-Rec for offering the massage therapy.

5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner: Home-made Waffles

Thursday, December 7
Craft Time

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Relieve some stress through painting ornaments, affirmation rocks, or canvas bags, we have plenty of paint to go around. 

5:00 - 6:00 pm Dinner: Chili and Hot Soup


Friday, December 8
Holiday Cookie Decorating

1:00 - 3:00 pm

Finish off the week of studying with a tasty cookies and personalize it with your favorite holiday decorations. 

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch: Sandwiches





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