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2021 Black and African Heritage Month

CCEE is celebrating Black and African Heritage Month with numerous events all throughout the month of February!

During the summer of 2020 and presently, we have received an outpouring of support and programmatic ideas that centered Black and African Diasporic Student Communities due to the racial unrest that swept the nation. This February, folks have created programming that centers and uplifts the wellbeing of Black life on our campus. These programs highlight storytelling, heritage, allyship, reflection, activism, appreciation, history, advocacy, resilience or strength. 

This year’s theme, “Sankofa,” is a metaphorical symbol of a bird with its head turned backwards which originated by the Akan people of Ghana. The word is derived from the words: SAN (return), KO (go), and FA (look, seek, and take). The Akan believe that the past serves as our guide for the future and that there is wisdom in learning from the past to ensure a strong future. As we enter a space of healing, restoration, and a search for peace after 2020, it is imperative that we, as a community, use the metaphorical symbol of Sankofa to learn from our past and embrace our history to better shape our future for our current communities and for generations to come.

Check out all of the events happening around campus below.

Please note that the calendar will be updated frequently, so be sure to check back for any changes or updates!

DateTimeEventHostLocation/RSVP Link
02/06/218pmSankofa Danzafro: The City of OthersGMU Center for the ArtsVirtual - Get tickets HERE
02/08/216:30pmBlack Justice Association Interest MeetingBlack Justice AssociationIG Live @gmu_BlackJustice
02/09/217pmEthical Storytelling: Justice-Based WorkshopSocial Action and Integrative Learning (SAIL); George Washington University Alternative Breaks; the LEAD Office; Community Engagement and Civic Learning; African and African American Studiesgo.gwu.edu/altbreaksedu
02/09/217pmSpirit Fest: Black TriviaBlack, African Heritage and Caribbean CoaltionZoom - Register via Mason360
02/10/214pmWhen Black Lives Don't Matter: Reflecting on January 6Coalition Building and Diversity Education and Center for the Advancement of Well-BeingZoom
02/10/216pmGuess Who? Black History Month EditionChi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Inc. Zoom - Register via Mason360
02/11/2111am#Ask an Advocate: How do I learn about and amplify Black voices in the movement to end sexual and interpersonal violence?The Student Support and Advocacy Center IG and FB Live @SSACgmu
02/11/217pmAux Cord WarsPatriot Activities Council and Black, African Heritage and Caribbean CoaltionZoom - Register via Mason360
02/11/217pmRacial Justice Series: Racial TraumaCounseling and Psychological ServicesBlackboard - Signup through Mason360
02/12/217pmBlack Perseverance and Resiliency Speaker SeriesDr. Mark Hopson, Fairfax County Black History Committee, and Cox CommunicationsZoom
02/17/217pmMovie Screening: SoulCenter for Culture, Equity, and EmpowermentZoom - Register via Mason360
02/17/2112-3pmSI2Go Black History Month TriviaAfrican and African American Studies DepartmentOn-Campus (Northern Neck)
02/18/214pmQTPOC Faculty/Staff/Student MixerCCEE's LGBTQ+ ResourcesZoom - Register via Mason360
02/19/21Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group z (Week 1): Racism & Medicine MaterialsCollege of Visual and Performing ArtsRegister HERE
02/19/217pmBlack Perseverance and Resiliency Speaker SeriesDr. Mark Hopson, Fairfax County Black History Committee, and Cox CommunicationsZoom
02/22/2112pmWell-Being for the People: Body Positivity with Jamila JohnsonCenter for the Advancement of Well-Being and CCEE's Student Engagement for Racial JusticeTBA
02/22/212pmWell-Being for the People: Radical Self-Care for Graduate BIPOC Bodies with Jennifer CrewalkCenter for the Advancement of Well-Being, Graduate Student Life and CCEE's Student Engagement for Racial JusticeZoom - Register via Mason360
02/22/215:30pmAlumni Leadership Speaker SeriesThe LEAD OfficeZoom - Register via Mason360
02/22/216pmWell-Being for the People: Zumba Class with Justin SumblinCenter for the Advancement of Well-Being and CCEE's Student Engagement for Racial JusticeTBA
02/23/218amWell-Being for the People: Release of "Remembering Ahmaud" Meditative WalkCenter for the Advancement of Well-Being and CCEE's Student Engagement for Racial JusticeTBA
02/23/2112pmWell-Being for the People: Zumba Class with Justin SumblinCenter for the Advancement of Well-Being and CCEE's Student Engagement for Racial JusticeTBA
02/23/216pm#BlackFirstGen: We are More Than EnoughStudent Access and Equity (CCEE)Zoom - Register via Mason360
02/24/2112pmLeadership Connection HourThe LEAD OfficeRSVP HERE
02/24/2112pmGirlTrek WalkCenter for the Advancement of Well-Being and CCEE's Student Engagement for Racial JusticeTBA
02/24/216pmWell-Being for the People: Trap Yoga with Brandon CopelandCenter for the Advancement of Well-Being and CCEE's Student Engagement for Racial JusticeTBA
02/25/21TBDTelling Black Stories Through Data VisualizationVolgenau School of Engineering and Computer Science, Data Analytics, and Systems EngineeringTBA
02/25/2111amSojourner Truth Lecture 2021: Politics and Protest (Student Session)College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Women and Gender StudiesRegister via Mason360
02/25/2112pmSojourner Truth Lecture 2021: Politics and Protest (Faculty/Staff Session)College of Humanities and Social Sciences - Women and Gender StudiesRegister via Mason360
02/25/212pmBringing Your Whole Self to Work: Authenticity in the WorkplaceUniversity Career Services and Student Engagement for Racial JusticeTBA
02/25/217:30pmVisual Voices Speaker Series: RozealMason School of ArtRegister HERE
02/26/21Kritikos Anti-Racist Reading Group z (Week 2): Dismantling the White Gaze College of Visual and Performing ArtsRegister HERE
02/26/216:30pmVisiting Filmmakers Series Online: Black Lives Matter: Luchina Fisher with Mama GloriaCollege of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Visual and PerformingRegister HERE
02/26/217pmCall to ActionDr. Mark Hopson, Fairfax County Black History Committee, and Cox CommunicationsTBA
02/26/217pm6th Annual Black Excellence GalaCenter for Culture, Equity and Empowerment, BLACC, and Black Alumni ChapterVirtual (Mason Cable Network YouTube Live, MasonCableNetwork.com, and Mason TV network (Ch. 8.1)) - Register HERE
02/27/218:00pmRanky TankyMason Arts at HomeRegister HERE
TBDTBDBeats & EatsBlack, African Heritage and Caribbean CoaltionOn-Campus (Northern Neck) - Register via Mason360