Office of Multicultural Student Success

Black History Month

Planning committees are open to all UToledo students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in serving on the 2022 planning committee for Black History Month, please email omss@utoledo.edu.

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THE AWESOME VIRTUAL EVENTS AND RESOURCES LISTED BELOW 
 

The Rec Center is celebrating all month long!

  • Join the UToledo Rec instructors and move to music by influential Black artists only! 
  • The aquatics office will be decorating to celebrate Black History Month.
  • Visit different areas of the Rec Center to learn more about the history of National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA), a national organization founded at HBCUs.

Students of Color Support Group

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. 

This virtual group will provide a supportive environment for students to meet with other students of color and a counseling center professional to discuss topics related to mental health, race/ethnicity, culture, and other

More info here

BLACK CULTURE FEST: YOUNG TRUTHS, BEAUTIFULLY TOLD 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021 AT 1:45 P.M. 

Join the Oakland Public Library in California for this free event! Join us for the young adult segment of February's Black Culture Fest 2021, as Oakland Youth Poet Laureate Finalists Siara Edmonds and Monique Jonath share their poems and engage with Oakland students. 

 EVENT INFO HERE 

OMSS WATCH PARTY - SOUL 

FRIDAYFEBRUARY 5, 2021 – 1:00 P.M. AND 7:00 P.M. 

Join OMSS as we watch various movies and documentaries! This week we will watch Soul on Disney+. Joe Gardner is a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22, who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.

 Event Info Here  at 1:00 P.M  7:00 P.M. 

WOMXN OF COLOR LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5, 2021 – 4:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. 

The Office of Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach and the Cultural Centers are excited to present the University of San Francisco Womxn of Color Leadership Conference. By drawing on our past, reflecting on our present, and envisioning our future the USF Womxn of Color Leadership Conference creates a cross-cultural space for sharing and building with and for each other that will harness and develop the individual and collective capacity of womxn of color leaders. 

OMSS WATCH PARTY – SOUL FOOD JUNKIES 

FRIDAYFEBRUARY 12, 2021 – 1:00 P.M. AND 7:00 P.M. 

Join OMSS as we watch various movies and documentaries! This week we will watch the documentary Soul Food Junkies! Award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt offers a fascinating exploration of the soul food tradition, its relevance to black cultural identity, and its continuing popularity despite the known dangers of high-fat, high-calorie diets. The result is an absorbing and ultimately inspiring look at the cultural politics of food and the complex interplay between identity, taste, power, and health.

 Back 2 Black Involvement Fair 

Tuesday, February 16th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Join us at the start of the spring semester to explore student organizations falling under African American Initiatives and learn more about ways to get involved on campus!

More info here

Dialogues on diversity: covid-19 vaccines and the Black Community 

TBD - Postponed until further notice 

 “There are clear and well-documented historical reasons that Black folks may be apprehensive about vaccines and healthcare in general,” said David Young, director of Toledo Excel and Special Projects at UToledo. “At the same time, COVID-19 has ravaged our communities, and we need to find the most expedient way to eradicate it. Our intent is not to convince or persuade anyone, but rather to provide facts and a transparent dialogue.” Join us for this important discussion. Panelists include: Dr. Joan Duggan, Dr. Kimberly Jenkins, Dr. Anthony Pattin, Dr. Rachel Dudley, Gwendolynn Gregory, and Rev. Willie Perryman. 

Join the Event Here

Let the Whole World See: Reflections on the Legacy of Emmett Till

ThurSDAY, FEBRUARY 18TH AT 5:30PM

 Join The Africana Studies Program and their Racial Justice Series Speaker for a discussion with Dr. Christopher Metress, author of "The Lynching of Emmett Till".

More Info here 

OMSS WATCH PARTY – TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF HISTORICALLY BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES 
FRIDAYFEBRUARY 19, 2021 – 1:00 P.M. AND 7:00 P.M. 

Join OMSS as we watch various movies and documentaries! This week we are watching the documentary Tell Them We are Rising: The Story of Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Black colleges and universities are a haven for Black intellectuals, artists and revolutionaries and have educated the architects of freedom movements and cultivated leaders in every field. TELL THEM WE ARE RISING: THE STORY OF BLACK COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES examines the impact these institutions have had on American history, culture, and national identity.

Event info here - 1:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M.

Black History Month Trivia

Friday, February 19th at 5:00 p.m on Zoom

Join the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) for a trivia night with a focus on Black historical figures who’ve made a mark in the engineering world. 

Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Tamika Mallory

Tuesday, February 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Tamika D. Mallory, co-chair of the Women's March & co-founder of Until Freedom, is a Harlem born award-winning social justice leader, activist and mother. Quick-witted, strategic, and bold, Tamika speaks truth to power no matter the consequences. She is being hailed as one of the most influential Black voices. She will join us to speak on issues of racial justice in the current climate.

Join WebEx Session Here

Mental Health Town Hall hosted by the Counseling Center and  and Mental Health Response Team Committee

Thursday, February 25th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Join the UCC for a panel discussion with mental health experts discussing black student mental health! Dr. LaTasha Sullivan, the Director of the University Counseling Center, will moderate the event. Panelists are: LaShanna Alfred, MSW, LISW-S, U Change Counseling and Consulting Owner; Portia Allie-Turco, LMHC, NCC Coordinator, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Director, Ward Hall Counseling Clinic SUNY Plattsburgh; Tiffany Hairston, Ph.D., NCC, LICDC-CS, LPCC-S, Clinical Supervisor Unison Health; and Joshua Archer, Toledo Fire.

Event Info Here

OMSS WATCH PARTY – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM 

FRIDAYFEBRUARY 26, 2021 – 1:00 P.M. AND 7:00 P.M. 

Join OMSS as we watch various movies and documentaries! This week we are watching Netflix original Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Chicago, 1927. A recording session. Tensions rise between Ma Rainey (Viola Davis), her ambitious horn player (Chadwick Boseman), and the white management determined to control the legendary “Mother of the Blues.” Based on Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson's play.

Event info here 1:00 p.m.  7:00 P.M. 

Mills College Black History Month Programming

Programming in 2021 is cosponsored by several groups, including the Black Students Collective (BSC), Black MBA Students Association, the Ethnic Studies Program in the Department of Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Black Faculty and Staff Association, Alumnae of Color, We Are the Voices, and the Associated Students of Mills College.  

ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LIFE AND HISTORY EVENTS 

The ASALH has set up a series of virtual events that discuss topics that are relevant to the Black community.Check Out All Of The Events Happening HERE  

Smithsonian Institute Black History Month Events

The Smithsonian Institute has set up a series of virtual events that discuss topics that are relevant to the Black community. 

KANOPY MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES AVAILABLE FOR FREE! 

Check out some movies and documentaries related to Black history and culture. Just log in with your utad to stream for free. "At Kanopy we believe in the power of film to bridge cultural boundaries and bring people together. Start watching today and expand your worldview with us." 

Last Updated: 2/16/21