March 2023 marked the celebratory return of Middle Eastern North African Heritage Month (MENAHM) to the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The month recognizes the vibrant cultures of the MENA region, as well as the rich cultural heritages and experiences of MENA-identifying individuals. Nationally, April is the informally recognized heritage month for this historical and cultural celebration. However, the UW-Madison campus and Multicultural Student Center observe Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDAHM) in April, so MENAHM is celebrated in March.
In 2018, UW-Madison celebrated its first MENAHM. The inaugural month was sponsored by the MSC and supported by a student committee of fifteen individuals. In total, MENAHM 2018 hosted four events, attracting 141 attendees in total. MENAHM 2023 brought the MENA campus population together again, building on the legacy of 2018 with a collective of 30 individuals leading nine events with nearly 700 attendees.
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. MENAHM seeks to provide representation and community for over 1,000 MENA-identifying students on the UW-Madison campus.