Events Calendar

Celebrating the Day of the Dead Traditions

Making Meaning of Loss and Resilience in the Time of Pandemic

This year the traditional altar for the Day of the Dead will honor people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The display of the altar portrays the broad impact of the pandemic on the overall wellbeing of Black and Latino Ohioans.

Hosted by Unidos -Latinx Student organization, the Center for American and World Cultures, and the International Student Center 

The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is an ancient tradition dating before the conquest of Mexico by Europeans. Just as it was reinvented to be syncretic with the Catholic tradition of All Saint's Day, so it continues to be continually reinvented as a contemporary living tradition, often with political overtones.  ~Giovanni Batz, former assistant professor of Anthropology, Miami University.

The visits to the Day of the Dead Altar on display are 15 min long with a break of 5 min in between group visits. Visitors are required to wear masks and keep distance following the university safety protocol.

The Altar is set-up in MacMillan Hall Ground Level, Lounge Area. It has an easy access by MacMillan Hall parking lot. Also, elevator accessible.

Contact Jacqueline Rioja, associate director, CAWC GLI to reserve the time of your visit. Small groups are welcome (up to 5 people/group/time selected).



5:05pm  -  5:20pm   |   6:05pm - 6:20pm

5:25pm  -  5:40pm.  |   6:25pm - 6:40pm

5:45pm  -  6:00pm.  |   6:45pm - 7:00pm


The Day of the Dead Altar will be on display until Friday, Nov. 6.

Recommended resources

Dia de los Muertos—the Day of the Dead. National Geographic, Resource Library, Photographs.

- Day of the Dead Celebrations Across Latinamerica. Growing Up Bilingual, Latina Blog. 

Ohio Latino Affairs Commission Reports

Ohio COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force has a blueprint of recommendations to respond to the disparities. Dayton Daily News, September 2020.

Loss and Resilience in the Time of COVID‐19: Meaning Making, Hope, and Transcendence. Wiley Online Library. July 2020.

COVID-19 Ohio Minority Health Strike Force Blueprint, April 2020.

- "More than a Mask" campaign, Ohio department of Health, August 2020.


Accessibility Statement

To request accommodations (i.e., sign language interpreters, captioning, materials in alternative format, etc.), please contact the Miller Center for Student Disability Services at (513) 529-1541, 7-1-1 (TTY-TDD), at least 2 business days prior to the event to ensure the smooth delivery of services. For more information about accessible parking and other facilities, visit the Parking and Transportation website.

Friday, October 30 at 5:00pm to 7:00pm

MacMillan Hall, Ground Level, Lounge 531 E Spring St. Oxford, OH 45056