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Diversity & Inclusion
February 3, 2023

Celebrating Black History

Black History Month

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize the tremendous impact African Americans have had — and continue to have — in shaping the history and culture of the United States. We celebrate the myriad contributions that the Black community has made in business, the arts, scientific research and discovery, public service, law and other areas of human endeavor, while acknowledging the unique role it has played in leading the struggle to advance freedom, justice and equality in this nation and throughout the world.

With the study of African American history apparently under attack in certain states, Black History Month is more vital than ever. As Americans, we need to know Black history, for without it we cannot fully understand American history and its complexities.

St. Francis College is committed to recognizing and celebrating the Black community on campus and beyond. This Black History Month, we invite you to participate in one or more of the following educational and enlightening events that the Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting:

  • Black History Tabling Event – Thursday, February 9, 1-2:30 p.m. (Dining Hall)
    Kick off Black History Month with activities, giveaways and information on other events that will be held in the coming weeks.

  • For the Culture – Thursday, February 16, 12:45-2:45 p.m. (Multipurpose Room)
    This entertaining event will feature performances, games and food.

  • Crafts Night – Thursday, February 23, 6-8 p.m. (Residence Hall/Study Room)
    Celebrate Black History Month through arts and crafts. A gallery display will showcase the amazing student artwork to be produced.

  • Values of Dope – Monday, February 27, 12:45-2:45 p.m. (Room 6104)
    Special guest Oliver Colbert will lead students in an interactive exploration regarding how to use poetry as a tool for self-expression and advocacy.

While Black History Month is certainly a cause for celebration, it is also a call for all of us at St. Francis College to purposely and collectively embrace our commitment to diversity and inclusion. May we continue beyond these 28 days of February to engage with one another, learn from one another and work to build a community where, in keeping with our Franciscan values, all are welcome and all belong.

In peace and friendship,

Miguel Martinez-Saenz
St. Francis College

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