Black History Month is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments and honor the historical and present-day struggles of Black folx, which is far often undervalued. This year’s theme is Black Health and Wellness.
At the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) we understand the health disparities that existed before the pandemic in our Black community. We believe the data that shows how the pandemic has impacted the Black community at higher rates than other communities. We acknowledge the racial pandemic the Black community has shouldered for multi-generations.
In collaboration with our campus partners, the CMEI is hosting a variety of events that will engage our community in Black restoration, uplifting Black ancestors, and Black folxs thriving in the future. We want to continue to engage our campus and surrounding communities and amplify Black voices. We hope in attending the various events, you will continue to develop a critical racial lens. Black Lives Matter. We encourage EVERYONE to attend our events and reflect, celebrate, and join in community so we can focus on Black healing and begin to imagine the Black community’s future.
Tuesday, February 8th | 5:00PM: Kick-Off Spoken Word and Gospel Performances in St. Cajetan’s & CMEI Facebook Virtual Livestream
Join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion, and the University of Colorado Denver Black Student Services,as we join in community to ground ourselves for Black History Month 2022. This year’s theme is Black Health and Wellness. We will start our journey in reflecting with a spoken word performance and gospel performance from Gospel Harmony. This event will be held in person at St. Cajetan’s. Due to limited seating, RSVP is highly encouraged. To-go catering will be provided after the event to all in-person participants. For all others, please join us via Facebook live. Either way, click the button below to RSVP:
Gospel Harmony was established around October 2009. The seven founding members of Gospel Harmony that used to sing with a different group had a luncheon. At that fellowship, they jointly decided to form their own choir with a Jazzy-Bluesy/R & B kind of style. Over the last twelve years, God has blessed them, with several new members, for a choir total of 15, representing 12 different churches. They continue to grow not only in numbers, but also, in their walk, with the Lord.
Awards: 2020 Group of the Year, The Colorado Gospel Music Association & Hall of Fame (03/2020 & 02/2019), 2018 Choir of the Year
Thursday, February 17th | 5:30PM: Black Student Kick Back in the Tivoli 440/540
Join Black Student Services, Black Student Alliance, African Student Union, Black Girl Alliance, and MSU Denver for a social event to meet and greet students, and to engage and get connected on the Auraria Campus. Join us for games, conversations, and snacks.
Tuesday, February 22nd | 12:00PM: Lunch Hour Keynote From Terri Richardson M.D., Followed By Gentle Chair Yoga & Guided Meditation in the Tivoli Turnhalle
Join MSU Denver and the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion in partnership with the Colorado Black Health Collaborative, as we hear from Dr. Richardson speak on the impact of the pandemic on Black health and wellness and how we move forward. Starting with breaking down the Tuskegee Study and the root of distrust between the Black and health Community. Then we will move into the facts and how Black folks can thrive in the future. This event will be followed by restorative gentle chair yoga and a guided meditation by Euda K. Best.
Terri Richardson, MD Vice Chair, Colorado Black Health Collaborative Internist (Retired)
Dr. Richardson was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up in Northeast Denver. She attended Stanford University where she received a BS in biology. She received her M.D. degree from Yale University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. After completing her residency, she worked at Eastside Health Center, Denver Health for 17 years. She worked another 17 years at Kaiser Permanente Colorado. She retired from clinical practice in June 2021.
Dr. Richardson has over 34 years of experience as a clinician, health educator, mentor and volunteer in the health arena. She considers herself a “community doctor” and is passionate about the health of the Black community. She remains active in health-related community endeavors. She enjoys serving the community in this way.
Dr. Richardson is a member of several volunteer boards. She currently is the Vice Chair of the Colorado Black Health Collaborative (CBHC) and one of the leads for CBHC’s Barbershop/Salon Health Outreach Program. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit she has been very involved in writing about COVID-19, giving presentations in the community, attending local educational events in the community and volunteering at vaccination events.
Euda K. Best, Yoga Instructor
Euda K. Best graduated from The Satya Yoga Immersion and Teacher Training for People of Color in June of 2016. Since then, she has been teaching gentle, breath-centered yoga and yoga Nidra (guided meditation) regularly. She believes yoga is a tool that ANYONE can use to find comfort in their own skin, and she is looking forward to sharing her version of these beautiful practices with you.
Wednesday, February 23rd | 12:00PM: Brother to Brother Virtual Critical Discussion on Race
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 continue to focus on how institutions of higher learning can move forward in anti-racist work and what role students have in this movement. There is still much work and great dialogue to be had around this theme.
Join Dean of Students, Javon Brame and Executive Director of Equity & Inclusion, Quill Phillips, from Arapahoe Community College, as they engage in a Critical Discussion on Race with students.
Thursday, February 24th| 11:00AM: The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (GITA), 33rd Annual Bridge Speaker, Patrisse Cullors in St. Cajetan’s & Virtual Livestream
Now in its 33rd year, GITA’s Annual Bridge Speaker seeks to support and amplify the transition from Black History Month to Women’s History Month. We are DELIGHTED to announce that GITA will be hosting Patrisse Cullors, New York Times bestselling author, educator, artist and abolitionist whose Twitter hashtag launched a movement.
Co-founder and former executive director of the Black Lives Matter Global Network Foundation, Patrisse Cullors has been on the frontlines of abolitionist organizing for 20 years. Today #BlackLivesMatter is the banner under which this generation’s civil rights movement marches, and it is a call to activism nationwide. Now a global foundation supporting Black-led movements in the U.S., U.K. and Canada, the Black Lives Matter Global Network was a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Nominee.
This year’s Bridge Speaker will be held on Thursday, February 24th, 2022 at 11:00am in St. Cajetan’s Church. ASL interpreters will be on site and the event will also be livestreamed. This event is co-sponsored by friends and collaborators across campus including the Office of Diversity & Inclusion, the Center for Equity and Student Achievement, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, Department of Africana Studies, Department of Chicana/o Studies, Department of Political Science, Department of Social Work, and Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.
Monday, February 28th | 9:00AM: Closing Remarks From MSU Denver Student Bernadette McClair, Followed By Community Blessing From Local Healers Senakhu and Doja Peju in the CMEI Student Lounge in JSSB 237
Join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion and MSU Denver community as we close out our journey through Black History Month 2022 and reflect on Black Health and Wellness. We will spotlight MSU Denver student, Benadette McClair’s testimony as a Black Woman navigating healthcare in Denver. Then we will open a community space for reflection and discoveries made by the community. Finally, we will close out with a ritual healing from local Denver Healer Senakhu and Doja Peju. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
Join MSU Denver Chicana/o Studies Journey Through Our Heritage, Chicano Humanities Arts Council, Aurora Fox, & Colorado Folk Arts Council for a free series of inspiring performances of musicians, dancers, storytellers, and many more.
Join the Department of Africana Studies for the 39th Annual Black World Conference on February 16th. With a conference theme of Afrofuturism: A Daily Lived Experience, conference presenters and attendees will be encouraged to consider how continuously creating a Black future is a daily lived experience.
The 2022 theme of “Black Health and Wellness” looks at the disparity of access to healthcare that impacts Blacks and other marginalized groups. Below are resources that look at the disparity of healthcare and the root of the problem for Blacks and marginalized groups:
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:
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.
1619 Education Conference – this conference will offer the opportunity to learn from Education Network members, meet contributors to The 1619 Project, and connect with journalists covering reporting related to The 1619 Project. Our Network members represent a variety of school contexts and have valuable insight on effectively implementing 1619 into the classroom.
The Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (GITA)