Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month observed in February is an opportunity to honor the accomplishments and recognize the struggles of Black folx in every area of history which is far more often undervalued.

The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion in conjunction with the Classroom to Career Hub, Department of Music’s Race and Social Justice Visiting Artist Series, Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy, MSU Denver Africana Studies Department, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, 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.

Tri-institutional Events: Open to the Auraria Campus & Community

Black History Month Kick Off

Thursday, February 1st | 11:30AM-1:00PM | Tivoli Multicultural Lounge 257

Open to the public, no registration required

Sponsored by Black Student Alliance, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion and the University of Colorado Denver Center for Identity and Inclusion, we welcome all students, staff, faculty, and community members for a social event with games, conversations, and food. This meet-and-greet event will allow students on the Auraria campus to connect with departments, student groups, and community resources.

Workplace Equity Summit

Thursday, February 8th | 10AM– 6:30PM | Tivoli 320

Every year, MSU Denver’s Classroom to Career Hub (C2Hub) invites Auraria Campus students, staff, faculty and industry or community partners to join us for the Workplace Equity Summit (WES). This one-day event is an opportunity for the Auraria Campus community to network with one another and learn from DEI professionals about workplace equity practices.

Black Democratic Legislative Caucus of Colorado

Wednesday, February 14th | Noon – 1:00PM | Tivoli Garage Lounge 257

Black Student Alliance, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion and Center for Identity and Inclusion at CU Denver welcomes the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus of Colorado to Auraria Campus.

Join us for a thought-provoking and insightful discussion with the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus as they delve into crucial policies impacting students. Our distinguished panel of legislators will be on hand to answer your questions and shed light on the significance of voting this year.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to connect with influential leaders, gain valuable insights, and be a part of the conversation that shapes the future. Ensure your voice is heard – join us at this impactful event!

Aisha Fukushima RAPtivist Keynote Performance

Wednesday, February 21st | 7:30PM | King Center Recital Hall

Open to the public, no registration required

Aisha Fukushima is a Performance Lecturer, Justice Strategist, Singer/Songwriter, and RAPtivist (rap activist). Fukushima founded RAPtivism (Rap Activism), a hip hop project spanning 20 countries and four continents, amplifying universal efforts for freedom and justice. She is a multilingual, multiracial African American Japanese woman who has done lectures and performances everywhere from the United States to France, Morocco, Japan, Germany, England, South Africa, Senegal, India, Denmark and beyond.

Black World Symposium

Wednesday, February 21st | 9:30AM – 3:00PM |

King Center Recital Hall

On behalf of the Department of Africana Studies at MSU-Denver, we invite you to the 41st Annual Black World Conference under the theme, “Black Love/Black Joy,” with keynote speaker, Kevin Powell, local community experts, and an evening concert performance at 7:30 pm, with Aisha Fukashima, all happening at the King Center Recital Hall.

The Black World Conference has always been committed to enlightening our audience about the lived experience of African Americans and the broader African Diaspora. We look forward to seeing you for an engaging day centering on Black Love and Black Joy.

Policing Education and Awareness with Jonathan McMillan

Wednesday, February 28th | Noon – 1:00PM | Tivoli 640

Jonathan McMillan, a Denver native with 30+ years of expertise in gang intervention and community violence prevention, transformed his life from gang involvement to becoming Director of Denver’s Youth Violence Prevention and Colorado’s Gun Violence Prevention offices. Recognized for initiatives addressing youth and gun violence, he’s a speaker at events, advocating for safer communities. Former chairman of the Denver African American Commission, he crafts programs and policies for change. Serving on boards like Park Hill Strong, he remains a dedicated leader in youth violence prevention, driven by a passion for a world free from gun violence.

GITA Bridge Speaker: Dr. Lorgia García Peña

Thursday, February 29th

Dr. Lorgia García-Peña is a writer, activist and scholar who specializes in Latinx Studies with a focus on Black Latinidades. Her work is concerned with the ways in which antiblackness and xenophobia intersect the Global North producing categories of exclusion that lead to violence and erasure. Through her writing and teaching, Dr. García Peña insists on highlighting the knowledge, cultural, social and political contributions of people who have been silenced from traditional archives.


Student Organizations

MSU Denver BSA

Black Student Alliance

For any questions regarding BSA, please contact Jeremiah using the email below: Main Contact: Jeremiah Ntepp, [email protected].

RRL Org Profile


For any questions regarding BSA, please contact Jeremiah using the email below: Main Contact: Kass Wells, [email protected].

RRL Org Profile
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. – Crest

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Email Contact: [email protected]

National Website

Want to Learn More?

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.

Center for Racial Justice in Education


Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI)

Questions? Contact CMEI

Learn More About CMEI


[email protected]


Campus Location:

Tivoli Student Union 305




Mailing Address:

Campus Box 39, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362