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Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month observed in February is an opportunity to honor the accomplishments and recognizes the struggles of Black folx in every area of history which is far often undervalued. The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion in conjunction with the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy, MSU Denver African Studies Department, MSU Denver Black Student Alliance, MSU Denver B L A C X E R A, the University of Colorado Denver Center for Identity & Inclusion, and various tri-institutional offices will host a variety of events to engage our community, honor historical and contemporary accomplishments of Black folx, and amplify the voices and actions of those who continue to fight the roots of social injustices that Black folx face. To develop cultural competence and work towards representation for Black folx, while emphasizing that Black Lives Matter, we encourage all people from the community to attend our events and to engage in reflection, celebration, and open dialogue during this month.

Keep scrolling to view all events for this month!


TRI-INSTITUTIONAL EVENTS: OPEN TO THE AURARIA CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY

For events opened to the Auraria campus and community sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver Center for Identity & Inclusion, please visit Black Student Services and Social Justice Teach-In.

For events opened to the Auraria campus and community sponsored by the Community College of Denver Office of Student Life, please visit the CCD Black History Month Events registration form.



Split Stories: The Underserved and Unknown

Tuesday, February 2nd | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

The University of Colorado Denver Multiracial Biracial Student Alliance, the MSU Denver Center for Multicultural Engagement, and the University of Colorado Denver Center for Identity & Inclusion invite you to join us in welcoming James R. Morgan III in a dialogue regarding the unknowns of Black history and achievements in our country. Split Stories is an event series that the Multiracial Biracial Student Alliance holds every semester where students, staff, and faculty can engage in meaningful dialogue pertaining to diversity, equity, and Inclusion. Some of the previous topics covered in previous semesters include unpacking Black Lives Matter from the multiracial perspective, multiracial imposter syndrome, colorism, phenotypes, pigmentocracy, and mixed families. Our hope is to highlight what is not taught in the classroom. We are hoping that this will create more discussion of how history has been whitewashed and the intergenerational effects of this whitewashing.


James R. Morgan III

 

 

James R. Morgan III is a graduate of Howard University where he studied Mass Communications and African American History. Mr. Morgan’s research primarily focuses on the African American experience in the nineteenth century. He has become a rising star in the study of African American Freemasonry by combining his passion for African American history in general with his love of researching family and local history.


Black Healing Circle Listening Session

Wednesday, February 3rd | 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Welcome to our Black Healing Circle space! So, what is a Healing Circle? Healing circles originate through Indigenous communities so please give credit to those who have come before us so that we may utilize this tool with sacred respect. They are a safe space to heal emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. The healing circles are a space for folx to show up as they are and for the community to be able to heal together by learning from one another. These listening sessions are an opportunity for you all to tell the team what your needs are, how the healing circles can be supportive, and more details about the healing circle like balancing scheduling requirements. To expand our reach to students across each campus, we want to hear what your needs are and how Shatasia (she/her), Kemba (she/her), and YouthSeen can continue to support you! Shatasia and Kemba started the Black Student Healing Circles last semester via Zoom that met weekly on Friday. This time is for you to be heard and seen so we can meet your needs!


Shatasia Griffith (she/her/hers)

Facilitator - Image of Shatasia Griffith, facilitator for the Black Healing Circle Listening Session sitting down with her hands closed together near her face and a big, beautiful smileShatasia is a Black American who grew up in a small town in Illinois, she too has experienced a great deal of subtle and overt racism in many facets. Also, a Navy veteran and queer identifying human she cares a great deal about her community and those in it. Through the recent horrific murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor she has been using this time to educate herself, protest and create poetry to transmute the pain she and those around her are feeling.

Kemba Douglas (she/her/hers)

Image of Kemba Douglas, Community Therapist support for the event, smiling and wearing tassel earrings, a yellow top and a lighter yellow floral kimono, with a waterfall in the backgroundCommunity Therapist Kemba is an Afro-Caribbean American who has faced her own share of racial injustice and pain. She’s open about her experience and process of being a Black Woman in predominantly non-Black areas. She is continuing to use her voice to fight for social justice and wants to help others not only use their voice, but also take care of themselves through racial trauma.


Generational Curses: The Relationship Between Mental Health and The Black Community

Thursday, February 11th | 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

The Black community has had a difficult relationship with mental wellness for generations. However, more and more Black people are taking the steps to heal from past traumas and identify their stressors in order to move through life with control over their negative emotions. Please join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) in Generational Curses: The Relationship Between Mental Health and The Black Community, where we will discuss the importance and process of Wellness Recovery Action Plans (W.R.A.P) while also breaking down generational traumas that everyone could heal from. This event will be partnered with local organizations, The King's Council and Inner Self and Wisdom, LLC. In these two hours, we will host an open forum featured by guest speakers Halim Ali of From The Heart Enterprises, Kenneth Crowley, Sr. of The Crowley Foundation, D.L. Pos Ryant from Apprentice of Peace Wellness Studio, and Jason Shankle of Inner Self and Wisdom, LLC.



5 Steps to Using Your Privileges, Powers, and Talents to Create Sustainable Action Plans to Support Black Social Justice Movements  

Friday, February 12th | 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion proudly presents Angela Scarfia as she provides a step-by-step process for anyone interested in contributing to the Social Justice Movements. This session will guide participants in understanding aspects of Black Lives Matter and other Black Social Justice movements while providing foundational tips for further learning about systematic racism, the different roles needed to impact social change and an understanding of their own privileges, powers, and talents they possess that can support the movement. Each participant will receive the Action Plan Template, which they will use to begin creating their own action plan.


Angela Scarfia Brown (she/her/hers)

Headshot of Angela smiling with her beautiful long curly hair, wearing a pastel-mint button down shirt and long beige earrings Angela Scarfia Brown currently serves as a Residential Education Coordinator at the Fashion Institute of Technology, and has 11 years experience working in higher education. Angela has a passion for personal and professional development for students and professionals. She currently develops customized trainings for higher education institutions, as well as companies and organizations who have a focus on holistic wellness. Angela is also a facilitator for Trill or Not Trill, a leadership institute specializing in culturally responsive leadership.

Outside of higher education, Angela focuses on her brand Angela Scarfia, which serves as a social change marketing agency to support the produce industry and their access to communities of color.


Auraria Campus Barbershop Talks: Community Care 

Thursday, February 18th | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

In African American neighborhoods, the barbershop serves as a “sanctuary” and allows Black people to be vulnerable while discussing issues impacting their community. In celebration of Black History Month, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion, Brother to Brother, Equity Peer Leaders, and the University of Colorado Denver Center for Identity & Inclusion invite you to join us in conversation on Community Care through Barbershop Talks. Auraria Campus Barbershop Talks are designed to provide a space for solidarity and a sense of community for students of color, particularly men of color. Participants will be allowed to reflect on significant themes and issues impacting their lives, community activism, propose practical solutions, and learn to harness the power of their shared identity.


Our Featured Barbers of the Month

BARBER

(Noun) /bahr-ber/A miracle worker who creates a style you can never duplicate, psychologist, world’s best advisor

Image of Abdul sitting down wearing a gray Nike tank top, with his arm rested on his leg and looking to the side smiling
Abdul Neville Sam Soloman

Devon Williams

 


I Need to See Some Identification – A Poetry Show 

Friday, February 19th 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM 

Please join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion in hosting poet and spoken word artist, Jeff Dess. This event is part performance and part conversation. In this performance, Jeff Dess uses his words as a vehicle to deconstruct Black identity from multiple viewpoints and lenses. He tackles immigration, police brutality, community development, history and more.


Jeff Dess

Image of Jeff at a grocery store holding a notebook and pen with a crewneck sweatshirt with the slogan Jeff Dess is a dynamic public speaker, author, poet, emcee and professor of Haitian descent. The native New Yorker known as the Disruptive Educator is also the Co-Founder of the Leadership Institute, Trill or Not Trill. Jeff has performed poetry and hip hop in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Caribbean. He is the author of five books of poetry and is the founder of the private poetry series, The House of Haiku which was featured in Ebony Magazine. He recently served as a contributing writer for the short film, The Chair, which was featured in the Latino Hip Hop Festival. He is a TedX speaker who has delivered lectures, workshops and talks at over 60 colleges and universities including UCLA, Columbia University and Princeton University. Jeff has partnered with such major companies and organizations as Twitter, Buzzfeed, Madison Square Garden, Essentia Water, The Embassy of Haiti and The US Department of Labor and has been featured in The Root and Urban Cusp Magazine. Jeff holds a Master's degree in English Literature and is a seasoned Higher Education professional.


Black Music Matters 

Friday, February 19th | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Met Radio (an entity of MSU Denver's Met Media under the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion) is proud to partner with local art collective BLVCK Kosher to present Black Music Matters. Black Music Matters is a sequel to the Black Art Matters event that was put on by MSU Black Student Alliance February 2020. In light of the protests and marches against unjust murders, and in spirit of Black History Month, Met Radio has joined in arms with the BLVCK Kosher to bring a space where local black musicians are welcome to express their experiences in these trying times. Musicians will be featured by MSU Denver's own artists, as well as local artists from other art collectives, like Menace Port, Peak Sounds, and New Era Muzik. Words of wisdom and advice for young artists will also be given by Denver's own Top Flite.



Generation Wealth Within African American and BIPOC Communities

Tuesday, February 23rd 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion proudly presents FirstBank as they address the racial wealth gap and financially systematic inequalities that have prohibited African Americans from becoming financially stable. FirstBank representatives and members of the Black and African American Business Development Group, Hawzienawit Gebremedhin and Greg Shields, along with Bell Policy, will expand on the effects their organizations have contributed to AfricaAmericanand BIPOCs, what generational wealth is and how to obtain it, effective strategies to handle your money, and how to increase your revenue through savings.



Building Coalitions for Care and Liberation: GITA's annual Bridge Speaker

Wednesday, February 24th | 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Thursday, February 25th | 12:30 PM - 6:15 PM

GITA's annual Bridge Speaker event serves as a bridge between Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month in March. In the event's 31st year, GITA and its community partners (i.e., Africana Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Social Work, TRiO, CAMP, Immigrant Services, and student org Building Allies for Diversity) invite you to dialogue about the BIPOC "Safer Space" Resolution and to learn about what it means to be antiracist from Black Feminist Queer cultural/memory worker, curator, and organizer, Cara Page. ASL interpretation is available.

 

Creating Coalitions for Change 

Wednesday, February 24th | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

A collaboration between GWS/CHS/AAS/SWK  

 

Building Coalition in the Service of Advocacy  

Wednesday, February 24th | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM 

TRiO/CAMP/Immigrant Services Program

 

Going Beyond Anti-Racism Education - Exploring the Role of Helping Professionals 

Thursday, February 25th | 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM 

Hosted by Building Allies for Diversity (SWK)

 

Bridge 2021 Keynote Speaker: Cara Page

Thursday, February 25th | 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

 

For more information contact Netty Rodriguez Arauz, Associate Director for GITA at erodri31@msudenver.edu or visit https://www.msudenver.edu/gita/



Critical Discussion on Race

February 25th - 26th | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Brother to Brother (B2B) program in the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) is hosting the annual Critical Discussion on Race, which is a conversation on race and racism. This year, we will focus on how institutions of higher learning can move forward in anti-racist work and what role students have in this movement. Within Critical Discussion on Race, conversations will address:

  • How society is often reflected by institutions of higher learning.
  • How universities can be proactive so that students of color feel safe, heard, and valued on campus.
  • How discussions on race can influence the university to implement programing, pedagogy, and efforts to be anti-racist.
  • What powers do students have in these conversations? What role do students play? What role does the university play?
  • Actionable next steps and ways for more student involvement.
  • Reimagining student roles and engagement in navigating change.

The program is a two-day event that focuses on issues of race and equality. Please join us and our guests as they share their expertise on how institutions of higher learning must further push anti-racist work. Participate in panel discussions with faculty, staff, and students as they share their perspective on how MSU Denver can continue with their work and commitment on anti-racism.



GITA Sex Cafe

Friday, February 26th | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Black History is constantly in the making. Connected to our pasts, our ability to trailblaze paths forward is nothing short of art. Join us this Black History Month in discussing all things to do with Black sexuality and kink, including topics such as navigating Sex Positive and Kink communities as Black practitioners of playful sex! While this event is open to all, we will center the voices of those who are Black, Queer, Femme, and/or Non-Binary. As you enter this space, please bear this in mind as you consider your positionality and the space you take. 

The GITA Monthly Sex Cafe also does a monthly giveaway to a black owned sex shop. This event is open to all students.



Afro-Indigeneity

Friday, February 26th | 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Please join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion and the Native Indigenous Student Alliance in welcoming YoNasDa Lonewolf. She will share her experience and knowledge as an Afro-Indigenous woman and how she has navigated her identities in both community and life.


YoNasDa Lonewolf

Yonasda looking fiercely into the camera wearing long black necklaces and a black shirt with a black fist logo with the words YoNasDa Lonewolf “Queen YoNasDa” is an activist, hip hop artist and curator of African and Lakota heritage. YoNasDa, pronounced Yo-Naja-Ha, meaning “Precious Jewel”, is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. “No Nation Can Rise Higher Than Its Woman,” is a saying that breathes truth for Queen YoNasDa as she epitomizes this energy.


Selma & Just Mercy Film Showing

The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion invites all Auraria community to view the movies “Selma” and "Just Mercy". To access these titles you can log in through the Swank portal with the Auraria Library. Compatible with Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. 

To watch "Selma" click here.

To watch "Just Mercy" click here.



MSU Denver Black Student Organizations and National

Pan-Hellenic Council:


Organization’s Homepage

Main Contact: X (Antwaun D. Johnson), ajohn300@msudenver.edu

Organization Email: blacxera@msudenver.edu


Want to Learn More?

As we center the voices, histories, and stories of Black people, we encourage you to visit the Center for Racial Justice in Education. Below are a few of the resources provided by the Center for Racial Justice in Education in uplifting our students and reinforcing that Black Lives Matter:

How do we celebrate Black History Month? Teaching Black History Month in Schools:

Why teach Black Lives Matter in Schools?:

Do We Need Black History Month?: The Underrepresentation of Black Stories, Experiences, and Histories in Schools:

Where are Afro-Latinxs Represented in School Curricula?

How do we center Black Women and Black Girls in our schools?

How do we center Black LGBTQ/GNC Experiences?

As a parent, what are ways I can engage my family in Black History Month?:

Conference:

  • Black Students Lead Conference - national gathering of Black Student Leaders and campus-based advisors to address the most critical topics of diversity and social justice challenging our Black student's community within colleges and universities.

Podcast: 

To support Black-owned and -operated establishments, please visit the websites below for more information:


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