Sunday, May 13, 2018

Diversity and inclusion are focus of UTSA's Black History Month events

(Feb. 1, 2017) -- African-American heritage and the civil rights leaders who paved the way for racial equality will be honored throughout Black History Month at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The community is invited to join several UTSA student organizations, colleges and departments at events recognizing people, places and events pertinent in black history.

With a focus on promoting diversity and inclusion, the 2017 Black Heritage Month Student Planning Committee at UTSA, the UTSA Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion, the UTSA African American Studies Program and University Center Programs have partnered with several student organizations to host the following events:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture Series
    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2:30 p.m.
    University Center Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), UTSA Main Campus
    UTSA alumna Renee Watson '87 presents "The MLK March: A Roadrunners Journey of Community Service."
  • Back to the 90's Party
    Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7 p.m.
    H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.1.04), UTSA Main Campus
    Wear your 90's best and dance to the African American influential hits of the decade. There will be a lip sync contest, costume contest and refreshments.
    Feb. 12-18
    UTSA students encourage the university community to participate in the following events during EMBRACE Week, an initiative that encourages everyone to embrace their natural beauty:
    • Hair, Skin and Everything within Workshop
      Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.
      University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), UTSA Main Campus
      This workshop discusses techniques to care for natural hair, skin, and general wellness.
    • Melanin Magic Photoshoot
      Thursday, Feb. 16, 3 p.m.
      Sombrilla, UTSA Main Campus
      Join in a photoshoot with others who embrace their natural skin tone and beauty.
    • Black Professionals Panel
      Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m.
      H-E-B University Center Ballroom, (HUC 1.104), UTSA Main Campus
      A group of professional from San Antonio and Austin areas share insights into their fields and how to become successful in the workforce.
  • UTSA National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) Week
    Feb. 20-25
    UTSA's historically African American fraternities and sororities celebrate NPHC Week with the following events:
    • 2 Truths and a Lie
      Monday, Feb. 20, 7 p.m.
      University Center, Travis Room (UC 2.202), UTSA Main Campus
      A fun, interactive event to get to know other NPHC members at UTSA.
    • NPHC Yard Show
      Tuesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
      H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), UTSA Main Campus
      Enjoy watching strolling and stepping performances by various historically black fraternities and sororities.
    • NPHC Hump Day
      Wednesday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.
      University Center Paseo, UTSA Main Campus
      Get involved in this informal strolling, stepping and music event with various historically black fraternities and sororities.
    • Young Alumni Leadership Panel
      Thursday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.
      Business Building University Room (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus
      At this panel discussion, young black UTSA alumni will talk about their leadership as students on campus and share the skills they learned and used in their professions and life after graduation.
    • Black Heritage Banquet
      Friday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m.
      H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), UTSA Main Campus
      Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with performances and award presentations. Keynote speaker will be Xavier Johnson '13. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $10 and guests are $15.
      Sponsored by the UTSA Inclusion and Community Engagement Center, the Outstanding Black Student Leadership Award will also be presented at the banquet. The award honors a UTSA student who has shown strong leadership skills and service toward the community. Nomination forms are available on Rowdylink and are due by Feb. 10.
      Nominees must:
      • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.00
      • Be currently enrolled at UTSA
      • Show significant campus leadership involvement
      • Actively show service towards the community

      Students may nominate themselves or fellow students. Finalists will receive one complimentary ticket to the banquet.
    • Non-Traditional Stepshow
      Saturday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m.
      H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), UTSA Main Campus
      This competition event will feature performances by various UTSA fraternities and sororities who have been taught the art of stepping

Other UTSA Black History Month events include Buffalo Soldier Day, to honor the Buffalo Soldiers -- African-American cavalrymen assigned to the Texas Frontier.
Sunday, Feb. 12, 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd, UTSA Hemisfair Campus

"The Status and Future of Ethnic/Race and Women's Studies" lecture by Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson from UCLA.
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), UTSA Main Campus

Additionally, the UTSA Libraries invites students, faculty and staff members, alumni and visitors to browse through its extensive African American databases, Research Guides and Archival Collections. The community can also view the library's digitized San Antonio Black History Month Collection. Learn more at UTSA Libraries.

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- Courtney Clevenger


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