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Black History Month 2023 Events:

  • Morning Gathering at the Garden to Celebrate Black Lives
  • Black History Month Kickoff
  • STEM Connection Panel
  • Ericka Hart on Intersectionality

Morning Gathering

Wednesday, February 1st at 10 a.m. at the Garden to Celebrate Black Lives

In celebration of the first day of Black History Month, the Jeh Vincent Johnson ALANA Cultural Center welcomes you to join us in gathering at the Garden to Celebrate Black Lives on the morning of the BHM Kickoff. Leaders of the African Students’ Union (ASU), Black Students’ Union (BSU), and Students of Caribbean Ancestry (SOCA) will host the morning gathering. 

Black History Month Kickoff

Wednesday, February 1st at 6 p.m. in the Villard Room

Please join us for an evening celebration to kickoff Black History Month. The celebration will involve performances and speeches from students, faculty, and local community members. There will be food, entertainment, and giveaways! In addition, we will have stations highlighting mental health resources, artifacts, African & Afro-Caribbean cuisine recipes, and books written by Black authors. The event will be in person with Zoom webinar-style access for alums and campus participants.

Black History Month Evening Celebration

STEM Connection Panel

Tuesday, February 7th at 6 p.m. in the Class of 1951 Reading Room

A STEM panel featuring Black faculty members and alums. Featured panelists include: Leroy Cooper (Biology), Krystle McLaughlin (Chemistry), Ed Buie (Physics/Astronomy), and Deon Knights (Earth Science/Environmental Studies), Taishya Adams ’97 (Environmental Policy), Ayo Opuiyo ’22 (Computer Science), Dennis Slade ’91 (Computer Science and Technology) and three student moderators who are also STEM majors. Panelists will share their academic journeys to STEM, research and career interests, work with students, and the STEM community. The event will be in person with Zoom webinar-style access for alums and campus participants.

STEM Connection Panel

Liberation Through Black Expression

Thursday, February 16th at 6 p.m. in the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

An ALANA, ASU, BSU, SOCA and The Loeb Collaboration presents: Liberation Through Black Expression, A formal evening centered around Black creative expression will be held on February 16 at 6 p.m. at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center. Featuring refreshments, food, student and local artwork, poetry and performances.

Ericka Hart on Intersectionality - Keynote Postponed Until Fall 2023

Learn about the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression impact the lives of individuals navigating them. Engage in discourse and an interactive speaking seminar during which you will better understand how to critically analyze how structures and institutions perpetuate mass marginalization under global capitalism.

Black History Month Book Display

This year's Black History Month programming has been a collaboration between the Jeh Vincent Johnson ALANA Cultural Center, African Students’ Union, Black Students’ Union, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, African American Alumnae/i of Vassar College co-chairs & the Student Life Committee, Student Growth & Engagement, Multicultural & Affinity Engagement, Center for Career Education, Library, The Loeb, Media Resources, Campus Activities, the faculty panelists and student moderators.