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Diversity & Inclusion
February 1, 2024

In Celebration of Black History Month

Today we join the nation in welcoming the start of Black History Month.

Each February, for nearly the last 50 years, we reflect on and celebrate the heritage, history and myriad accomplishments and contributions to our nation and the world of African Americans.

As a Franciscan community, we highlight and admire the role that the Black community has played — and continues to play — in the march toward advancing justice and equality throughout the world. As the African American abolitionist, orator and author Frederick Douglass once said, “Education means emancipation. It means light and liberty. It means the uplifting of the soul of man into the glorious light of truth, the light by which men can only be made free.”

In the coming weeks, we invite and encourage you to take part in celebrations and educational events associated with Black History Month, both on our campus and in your community. At St. Francis College, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs has organized the following events and activities:

  • “Being the Other,” with Dr. Jamila Codrington
    Wednesday, February 7, 1-2 p.m.
    , Center for Inclusion & Excellence
    Join licensed psychologist and CEO of Asili Services, Inc., Dr. Jamila Codrington, for a fireside chat discussing antiracism, diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. Codrington specializes in addressing racial trauma and will offer insights on overcoming bias, prejudice and identity-based discrimination. Students: Kindly RSVP on Handshake.
  • Tabling Honoring Black Heritage and Greatness
    Monday, February 12, 1-3 p.m., Dining Hall
    Celebrate Black History Month at this trivia-filled tabling event. We will share fascinating tidbits and facts to raise awareness of the diverse achievements of African Americans throughout history. Test your knowledge, learn something new and celebrate the remarkable contributions and legacies of Black individuals who have shaped our world.
  • “For the Culture”: A Black History Celebration
    Monday, February 26, 1-3 p.m., Multipurpose Room
    Experience an afternoon filled with soulful songs, captivating dances, powerful spoken-word performances and delicious food as we honor the rich heritage and contributions of the Black community. Don't miss this opportunity to commemorate Black history in a meaningful and uplifting way.

Let us all continue to do our part to make St. Francis College an ever more diverse and inclusive institution of higher learning, as we work to build a more just and peaceful society in harmony with our mission and values.

Happy Black History Month, Terriers!

Tim Cecere
Interim President

Maliek Sterrett
Director of Multicultural Student Affairs

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