Celebrating Black History Month

Posted on February 01, 2022 by Dana Poleski

It was a beautiful day today for the beginning of Black History Month, and the calendar is packed with student and community events. Several clubs and groups have come together to offer a variety of activities and ways to get involved and celebrate each other.

Thank you to the:

  • Black Student Alliance

  • First-Year Student Success Program

  • Leaders of Tomorrow

  • LatinX

  • G.L.O.W.

  • Office Career Services

  • Office of Student Life

  • Office of Alumnae Relations & Development

Events cover a variety of topics and interests and include: Get Free Open Mic Night (open to the public), Trap Karaoke, Heal and Paint, Celebration of Art, Courageous Conversations Lessons in Leadership, Love Languages, Rep Your Flag, A Woman’s World: Navigating Hip Hop, Wellbeing and Creativity, Poetry Slam, Artist Talk with Uzo Njoku (open to the public) and Kinks and Curls. Plus, more details to come on a special alumna guest near the end of the month!

As we move through the month, we’ll share photos, stories and spotlights.
Keynote Speaker

The Office of Student Life is excited to host Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton for our Black History Month keynote speaker.  Please join us in the library as she presents Being Black in White Spaces (event is open to students and their guests, faculty, and staff).

Predominately white colleges and universities (PWCUs) have taken many meaningful steps to become more diverse and socially equitable places. But many students of color experience discrimination, social isolation, and psychological challenges during their educational experience. Given proper tools, students can not only survive, but thrive in these environments. Combining research studies that clearly articulate the challenges and joys of being a student of color in a predominantly white institution with personal stories of success and strategies for growth, this keynote will offer students practical lessons to hone the tools they need to thrive during their college experience and beyond.

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • How to be an ally and supporter of groups and individuals that are different from themselves.

  • Ways to help marginalized groups share their story and feel included in the greater community.

  • Tools that can help different communities thrive in an environment where they may not be part of the majority population.