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Black History Month Internal Events

Adler University Black History Month Events

Adler University celebrates the achievements of Black people in the U.S. and Canada, recognizing their abilities to navigate structures that were not built for their success. We study Black history to fill gaps in our understanding of the history of our nations, which include the lives, contributions, and struggles of Black people. 

We encourage the Adler University community across campuses and the public to join us to learn, participate, and celebrate Black History Month. Join us for the many Black History Month events happening across Adler University.

Black History Month events happening across Adler University
February 3: Empowerment & Advancement: Dismantling the Lens of Competition to Achieve Equity

2021 Black History in Reflections
Topic: EMPOWERMENT & ADVANCEMENT: Dismantling the Lens of Competition to Achieve Equity

Wednesday, February 3, noon to 1 pm CST
L. Elaine Sutton Mbionwu, Creator, Executive Producer, and Host of The Justice Beat Talk Show and Director of the NxGen Media Internship Program will join Common Hour for a celebration of African American accomplishments and to discuss where we go from here for equity.

Hosted by the Chicago Campus Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Open to the Adler community: Link shared in Adler email

February 4: Working as an Ethnic Minority Police Officer - What it Means and Feels Like

Working as an Ethnic Minority Police Officer – What it Means and Feels Like

Thursday, February 4, 10am to noon PST
Constable Darren Ramdour of the Vancouver Police Department will share his experience and perspective as a Black Canadian Police Officer.

Hosted by the Office of Institutional Advancement, Vancouver Campus
Open to the Adler community and the public: RSVP

February 8: Dirty South Feminism with Adeerya Johnson

Dirty South Feminism with Adeerya Johnson

Monday, February 8, noon to 1:30pm PST
Adeerya Johnson is Hip-Hop Womanist from Atlanta, Georgia. Adeerya is currently a Ph.D. student at the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice at UBC. Adeerya’s research interests include Hip-Hop Feminism, southern hip-hop cultures, critical race theory, and gentrification. Her work aims to offer contemporary perspectives of Hip-Hop Feminism and Black identity in regard to dance performances and movement in the American South through Dirty South Feminism. 

Hosted by the Adler Student Association, Vancouver Campus
Open to the Adler community and the public: RSVP

February 9: Black Community Spotlight with Dr. Cheryl Richardson

Black Community Spotlight with Dr. Cheryl Richardson

Tuesday, February 9, 1pm to 2pm PST

Hosted by the Adler Student Association, Vancouver Campus
Open to the Adler community and the public: RSVP

February 10 (Canceled): A Drumming and Dance Journey by Zimbabwean Musician Kurai Mubaiwa

A Drumming and Dance Journey by Zimbabwean Musician Kurai Mubaiwa

Wednesday, February 10, 10:30am PST
Kurai Mubaiwa will perform traditional Zimbabwean drumming and dance.

Hosted by the Office of Institutional Advancement, Vancouver Campus 
Open to the Adler community and the public: RSVP

February 10 (Canceled): Celebrating Black History Month: A Conversation with Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry

Celebrating Black History Month: A Conversation with Hon. Dr. Hedy Fry

Wednesday, February 10, noon to 1pm PST

Honourable Dr. Hedy Fry was first elected to Parliament for Vancouver Centre in 1993 becoming the first rookie to defeat a sitting Prime Minister. She has been re-elected in 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011. Dr. Fry began in 1993 as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and spent six years in Cabinet serving as Secretary of State for Multiculturalism and the Minister for the Status of Women. Dr. Fry is the longest sitting female MP in Canada’s history. She continues to work hard to represent her constituents and fight for issues such as human rights, the environment, LGBTQ2+, health care, poverty, housing and homelessness, education, and many other issues.  

Hosted by the Vancouver Campus Diversity and Inclusion committee
Open to the Adler community: Join

February 10: Black Community Spotlight with Corey Clay on Black Lives Matter

Black Student Spotlight: What is Black Lives Matter?

Wednesday, February 10, 5pm to 6pm PST
Corey Clay is an academic, veteran, and former corrections and probations officer. He has worked and mentored students and youth in varying degrees. His core is helping discuss issues of the Black male form, having conversations about anti-racism, and helming talks about the ins and outs of the criminal justice system in America. A Texas native, Corey has formerly lived in Portland, Oregon, and currently lives in Vancouver, BC. During this presentation Corey will discuss the Black Lives Matter movement. 

Hosted by the Adler Student Association, Vancouver Campus
Open to the Adler community and the public: RSVP

February 11: Social Justice Beyond Borders Series: Borderlands of History, Frontiers of Memory: Afriscendant Energies in Motion

Social Justice Beyond Borders Series: Borderlands of History, Frontiers of Memory: Afriscendant Energies in Motion

Thursday, February 11, 10am to noon PST

M. NourbeSe Philip will share her experiences living in Canada as student, lawyer, poet, and writer, grounded in an analysis of how these experiences mirror, affect, and are affected by the larger historical and sociopolitical events. Her talk will engage with issues at the heart of the ongoing struggle for justice that she has witnessed and been a part of against systems that exploit and oppress.

Hosted by Community Action & Engagement, Vancouver Campus
Open to the Adler community and the public: RSVP

February 16: Black Community Spotlight with Ginelle Foskin on Parenting Among Caribbean Parents in Canada

Black Community Spotlight with Ginelle Foskin on Parenting Among Caribbean Parents in Canada

Tuesday, February 16, 2 pm to 3 pm PST

Ginelle is a Black woman of Caribbean, French-Canadian, and Scottish descent. Born on the ancestral and traditional lands of the Wendat, Anishinabek (ah-nish-nah-bek), and Haudenosaunee (ho-den-oh-sho-nee), lands otherwise known as Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area. Ginelle has since been visiting the lands of the Coast Salish peoples in Vancouver since 2015. With her research, Ginelle is aiming to offer a deeper understanding of Caribbean parents in Canada and the impact of Childhood Migration Separation. A common phenomenon among immigrant parents from the Caribbean, Ginelle shines a light on the lived experiences of the parents once left behind and how their childhood experiences inform their parenting today.

Hosted by the Adler Student Association, Vancouver Campus
Open to the Adler community and the public: RSVP

February 17: Common Hour: Interrogating Whiteness - A Discussion with Reesheda Graham Washington

Common Hour: Interrogating Whiteness – A Discussion with Reesheda Graham Washington

Wednesday, February 17, noon to 1pm CST
This interactive Common Hour will invite us to interrogate whiteness as a social construct that informs the identities and ways of being of all. It will challenge us to think about the ways in which whiteness both informs and misinforms the equity work upon which we are embarking. 

Hosted by Student Affairs, Chicago Campus
Open to the Adler community: Link will be shared in Adler email.

February 22 & 24: “Driving While Black" Watch Party and Panel Discussion

Driving While Black Watch Party and Panel Discussion

Watch party: Monday, February 22, 7 pm CST
Discussion: Wednesday, February 24, noon to 1 pm CST

The Online Campus Diversity & Inclusion Committee will lead a watch party and discussion of the film Driving While Black.

Hosted by the Online Campus Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Open to the Adler community: RSVP for the watch party and join the panel discussion.

February 25: The Educated Black Student

The Educated Black Student

Thursday, February 25, 12 to 1pm CST

A panel discussion with Adler students on their experiences in higher education as Black scholars.

Hosted by the Adler Black Student Association and the Adler Student Government, Chicago Campus
Open to the Adler community and the public: Learn more

February 25: Black History Bingo Night

Black History Bingo Night

Thursday, February 25, 6pm CST

Join the Online Campus African American Student Coalition for Black History Bingo Night to learn more about Black history and engage with the University community.

Open to Adler University students: RSVP

February 26: Common Hour with Betty Mulat and Tricia-Kay Williams

Common Hour with Betty Mulat and Tricia-Kay Williams

Friday, February 26, noon to 1pm PST
Visual artist, producer, DJ, and activist Betty Mulat shares her experience of growing up in Vancouver, exploring identity and embracing blackness. She discusses the role of therapy in her journey and founding the Vancouver Black Therapy and Advocacy Foundation. Tricia-Kay Williams, M.A. ’18, received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from York University in Toronto and is a graduate of the Vancouver Campus Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology program. She is the owner of Metamorphose Counselling.

Hosted by Student Services, Vancouver Campus
Open to the Adler community: RSVP

March 17: How It's Going: A Conversation with Adler Black Alumni

How It’s Going: A Conversation with Adler Black Alumni

Wednesday, March 17, 12 to 1pm CST

A Common Hour panel discussion with Adler Black alumni on their unique experiences in the mental health field.

Hosted by the Adler Black Student Association and the Adler Student Government, Chicago Campus
Open to the Adler community and the public: Learn more