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Celebrate Black History Month

The Importance of Black History Month

Black History Month, also known as African American History Month, is the annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time to recognize their role in American History. Every U.S. President, since 1976, has recognized the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, such as Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote an entire month to celebrating black history. Check out all the events and programs available this month.

Student Life Events:

National Freedom Day
Monday, Feb. 1 | All Day | Instagram
We start off Black History Month by celebrating one of the most important moments in American history, the signing of the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Share why National Freedom Day is important to you. Be sure to use the hashtags: #NationalFreedomDay, #UHV, #JAXNATION, and #UHVJagFam. Winners will be chosen and will receive a free swag bag. 

Black Out Day
Thursday, Feb. 4 | All Day | Instagram
For our second Instagram Challenge, participants must wear all black in support of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement. The movement was started back in 2013 and helps spread awareness of police brutality and racially motivated violence. Post a photo of your outfit on Instagram, and use hashtags: #BlackOutDay, #BLM, #UHV, #JAXNATION, and #UHVJagFam. Winners will receive a free swag bag! 

Virtual Movie Night: Soul
Wednesday, Feb. 10 | 8-10 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Join your fellow Jaguars and watch the new hit film from Pixar Animation Studios, "Soul." The story follows a middle school music teacher named Joe Gardner who seeks to reunite his soul and his body after they are accidentally separated just before his big break as a jazz musician.  

Lunar New Year
Friday, Feb. 12 | 2-4 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
Celebrate the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year. This year we honor the Year of the Ox. Stop by for free giveaways and take a photo with jaX the mascot! We will have free ox plushies, paper fans, chopsticks and more! All items are available while supplies last. *ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR FACE MASKS AT ALL TIMES. Please also social distance while attending on-campus events. 

Mardi Gras Celebration
Tuesday, Feb. 16 | 2-4 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
Celebrate Mardi Gras with MAC! Also known as Fat Tuesday, it a time to indulge before lent begins. Join us for free Mardi Gras giveaways and snacks! Items will be available while supplies last. *ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR FACE MASKS AT ALL TIMES. Please also social distance while attending on-campus events. 

Black History Month Trivia Night
Thursday, Feb. 18 | 8-10 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Play a game of trivia and learn more about Black History including pop culture, music, food, movies and more. The game will take place on Kahoot! and all participants must download the app on their smartphone. Prizes will be awarded to the top three winners! (Only currently enrolled UHV students will be eligible to win prizes). 

Brave Space: I'm Not My Hair
Tuesday, Feb. 23 | 4-5:30 p.m. | Microsoft Teams
Join a panel of UHV students, faculty and staff as they discuss the topic of hair discrimination and its effects on the African American community. In recent years, this topic has become a Civil Rights issue for discrimination toward the black community in the workplace and in public schools. Join in on the conversation in a safe and constructive environment. 

Aromantic Awareness Day
Thursday, Feb. 25 | Noon-2 p.m. | University Commons Lobby
Following such a romantic holiday as Valentine's Day, Aromantic Awareness Day promotes awareness and celebration of people who experience little to no romantic attraction. Stop by our table to learn more about aromantic/asexual individuals and grab some free giveaways! *ALL ATTENDEES MUST WEAR FACE MASKS AT ALL TIMES. Please also social distance while attending on-campus events. 

Quote of the Month:
"Our unity is our STRENGTH and diversity is our POWER."
-Kamala Harris

Campus Events & News

CommUNITY Book Club (weekly virtual event)

The CommUNITY Book Club is hosted by the United Way of the Crossroads and will meet weekly on Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. starting on Feb. 2. Register online at the Book Club February sign up. After sign up, the United Way will send virtual meeting links to participants. The book club includes a kick-off event, weekly discussion of the text and a wrap-up discussion. The UHV Diversity and Race Task Force funds extra copies of the book for the CommUNITY book club in hard copy, audio and e-books at the UHV Library. Grab your book and join us for a virtual kick-off and panel discussion Tues., Feb. 2 at 5:30-6:30 p.m. CST. For more information, visit the link to our commUNITY Book Club guide, which includes all the information about dates, registration and what copies are available at the library. 

Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health

A conversation with singer/actor, Peppermint (she/her), and The Trevor Project's, Charli Gross (he/him) about supporting black LGBTQ youth mental health. Join for free on Instagram Live on Mon., Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. CT. They will touch on a variety of topics, including:

  • Access and barriers to mental health care for Black LGBTQ folks
  • How Black families can talk about mental health
  • Prioritizing mental wellness in our own lives
  • The Trevor Project’s resources to support Black LGBTQ youth mental health

Follow Peppermint and The Trevor Project on Instagram, and turn your notifications on for a reminder when the discussion starts. 

Driving Change: How to Create a More Equitable and Inclusive Workplace

Don't miss a live discussion on how you can help create a more equitable and inclusive workplace for Black professionals. The virtual event will take place on Tues., Feb. 2 from 1-2 p.m. CST. If you can’t make the event, make sure to RSVP anyway. LinkedIn Learning will send a recording to everyone who registers.

Join us for a conversation with industry leaders from Nielsen, Dropbox, and LinkedIn to:

  • Discover unique insights on creating inclusive workplaces
  • Learn best practices for hiring, supporting, and developing Black professionals
  • Get your questions answered in an audience Q&A

This Black History Month, let's bring together our community for a conversation that matters.

Texas Diversity Council Meeting

Join the Gulf Goast Chapter of the Texas Diversity Council for their February meeting. The meeting topic will be "Disproportionate Effects of the Pandemic on Communities of Color." The event will take place on Wed., Feb 10 from Noon-1 p.m. CST. Attendees will receive a Zoom meeting link one day prior to the meeting. It is free to attend and people can register to attend by clicking here.  

We hope you enjoyed our first Diversity and Inclusion newsletter! Please feel free to give us feedback on what you would like to see included in our next issue.

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For questions regarding the Diversity and Inclusion newsletter, or information within, contact Freddie Cantu at 361-485-4474.