Multicultural Inclusion Center

BLACK HISTORY MONTH '21

Background:

Orchestrated by prominent historian Carter G. Woodson and other influential African Americans, Black History Month (BHM) is an annual celebration of achievements by Black/African Americans in addition to celebrating and acknowledging their crucial role in the United States history. BHM has been celebrated since 1976 by every U.S. president in the month of February, thanks in part to many individuals’ efforts during the Civil Rights movement.

BHM originally began as Negro History Week (NHW) in 1926. the founders of NHW chose the second week of February to coincide with Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. The occasion inspired communities, schools, organizations, and other entities worldwide (Canada, United Kingdom, etc.) to organize celebrations, performances, lectures, and clubs to highlight a growing awareness of Black Identity within the world.

Black History Month 2021:

Since 1976, February was designated as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. This year, Black History Month’s theme is “Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” The theme explores the African diaspora (the movement, migration, or scattering of a people away from an established or ancestral homeland) and the spread of black families across the United States.

Black History Month 2021 at DSU:

The Coordinator for African American/Black student programs here at DSU, in collaboration with many other students, faculty, staff, administration, programs, departments, and universities, is excited to continue the celebration of Black History Month. Black History Month 2021 looks a lot different for many of us this year, and we have planned accordingly. Many of the events will be virtual in nature as we continue dealing with the ongoing effects of COVID-19. The events include educational opportunities, professional presenters, documentary screenings, trivia, Campus Conversations, and panel discussions.

Black History Month is a collaborative, campus-wide celebration. Organized by the Coordinator for African American/ Black Student Programs and Multicultural Inclusion Center, its sponsors also include the Black Student Union, International Student Services, Chief Diversity Officer, Booth Wellness Center, Dixie Sun News, DSU’s Population Health Department, DSUSA, Dixie Sun News, Utah Valley University, The University of Utah, Rocky Vista University, and the Director of the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs.

It is important to note that all individuals are welcome to attend the events that have been planned so we can continue to create constructive dialogue that will aid in effective and efficient outcomes for the DSU community.

Feb 01, 2021 Campus conversation: What does Black History Month mean to you?


3:00 pm-4:00 pm

This event will be a continuation of the Campus Conversation Series that began last fall. The topic for this Conversation is “What does Black History Month mean to you?” This specific Conversation will consist of multiple parts. This is part one, we will be having a panel discussion in collaboration with the International Student Services and other international students and staff in higher education. The discussion will consist of a Q&A’s with individuals about what Black history Month means to them and how/if it is celebrated all over.

Zoom Link

Feb 04, 2021 Black History Month Keynote Speaker: The Freedom Journey: Dr. Marguerite Mariama-Moore


3:00 pm-4:00 pm

Marguerite Mariama, is an accomplished artist, activist, educator and noted speaker and consultant on issues related to the arts and personal and collective transformation. Black cultural pride and nationalism during the ‘60’s and ‘70’s gave rise to artists such as Dr. Mariama, who used their craft to affirm Black culture as a tool for Black ‘upliftment.’ These “cultural workers” launched the Black Arts Movement – where social justice, history, cultural consciousness, the arts, and education overlapped.

 

Monday, Feb.8-10 (View screening during these days after registration) (Virtual)

Zoom Registration Link

Feb 11, 2021 Black Men White Coats Documentary / Discussion after viewing


4:00 pm

“seeks to increase the number of black men in the field of medicine by exposure, inspiration, and mentoring. To accomplish this, we are partnering with various medical schools across the country to produce outstanding short documentary videos that bring awareness to this issue that affects not only the black male population but also the nation as a whole.”

 

/ Registration link

/ Discussion link 2/11/2021 @ 4:00 PM MST

Meeting ID: 868 5448 1211

Passcode: Wz4*6m

Feb 11, 2021 Poetry Slam


7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Gardner Ballroom (Hybrid)

A celebration of Black/African American artist who have had an influential impact on various cultures throughout the world.

 

Meeting ID: 814 8297 4496

Passcode: 9W=q32

Zoom Link

Feb 16, 2021 Black History Month Trivia


3:30 pm-4:30 pm

This event will be hosted in collaboration with Dixie Sun News. This Black History Month Trivia will allow participants to test their knowledge of Black History& Culture. There will be six rounds with a prize for each.

Zoom link

Feb 18, 2021 Black History Month Pizza & Playlist


12:00 pm-2:00 pm
North Encampment Mall (in-person)

This event will be hosted in collaboration with DSUSA and Black Student Union (BSU). The event will be a social event where individuals will get to meet with the two student organizations and learn about different music from Black/African American artist and performers while eating free pizza. The students will receive a card with a QR code that links to a Black History Month Playlist after the sign in. The event will respect all social distancing guidelines.

Feb 22, 2021 Campus Conversation: "The Black Diaspora" conversation on the multiplicity of identities that make up the world as we know


1:00 pm-2:00 pm

This event is in Collaboration with, Latinx, Hispanic student coordinator, LGBTQ+ Resource Center, Rocky Vista University, and the Black Student Union. The conversation topic will discuss the various identities of the Black/ African American diaspora and the various intersectionality’s of individuals who identify as a part of the various cultures

Zoom link

Feb 23, 2021 “What does Black/Black History Month mean to you?” part 2


6:30 pm-8:00 pm

This event will be hosted as a Cross-state Collaboration panel with the University of Utah, Director for the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (MCA), Expect the Great Campus institutions, and other entities. This discussion will focus on the viewpoints on Black History Month, Identities, and cultures of many Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion professionals throughout the state of Utah.

 

Zoom Registration Link: Pending

Black History Month Art Exhibit

The DSU Art Department is proud to present its annual Black History Month Art Exhibit.
Work by Las Vegas artist Vicki Richardson is on display spanning decades of her visual artistry.

Ms. Richardson is an award-winning artist and co-founder of Left of Center Art Gallery in North Las Vegas.
The gallery focuses on promoting the visual arts as an educational tool to enhance inter-cultural
understanding of social issues.  The gallery is administered by artists and educators
committed to cultural exchange.

The exhibit is on display in the North Plaza Art Gallery through Feb. 26.
Contact Professor Dennis Martinez for more information.

Feb 17, 2021 Artist Talk - Vicki Richardson


1:30 pm
NPZ Rm. 112

Artist Vicki Richardson will be giving an “Artist Talk” on Wednesday, February 17 in NPZ Rm. 112 at 1:30pm.

Minority Mental Health Series


4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Every Second Wednesday of the Semester

The Mental health series will address the importance of identifying, educating, and implementing an evidence based mental health intervention. To begin with, the series will allow for a safe and comfortable discussion space for students who belong to communities where mental health is viewed as a negative stigma or not discussed at all.

The format will be an open discussion space (or private conversations if asked) for students to speak on issues that have impacted their mental and social life. Many factors play a role in the way individuals react, deal, and cope with situations in their lives. With that in mind, incorporating   trauma-informed platforms, and all aspects of the social determinants of health (economic stability, neighborhood and built environment, health and health care, education, and social and community context) will be used during the conversations.

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