Black History Month

February marks Black History Month and the Office of the Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and student organization leaders, along with faculty and staff, are collaborating on virtual programming throughout the month that will include student presentations, faculty panels, a book discussion on Stamped: The Remix, and other traditional and new events. 

Black History Month

Date/Time Event  Presenters
Feb. 1-29, ongoing Black History Month Art Wall  CDI, CDEIO
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 3-5 p.m.

TQBIPOC Support Group

A virtual support group for trans and queer BIPOC at Wooster. Staff and peer facilitated, this group seeks to build community and help connect individuals with similar identities.

More info here

Co-facilitated by Dr. Melissa Chesanko, Director of SGI; Dean Shadra Smith, Interim Director of MSA; and, William Washington of the Washington Wellness Institute.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 7 p.m.

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A Field of Dreams Deferred:  Race, Nostalgia, and Housing in Brooklyn, New York Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries, associate professor of history at The Ohio State University where he teaches courses on the Civil Rights and Black Power Movement. 

Friday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m.

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Annual Peace & Paint Reserve a paint kit to join in this fun and relaxing event, hosted by Black Student Association (BSA) and Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA). 

Monday, Feb. 8, 7-8 p.m.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Insurrection at the Capitol: Understanding its Dynamics, Meaning, and Consequences  An interdisciplinary panel of College of Wooster faculty will examine the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol of January 6, 2021. Topics will include the historical, political, and cultural roots of the violence, the role of extremism, white supremacy, racism, religion, and political rhetoric in the violence, the disparities in policing white supremacy-fueled vs. Black Lives Matter protests, and the ongoing threats these events pose to democracy itself. 

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Black Alumni & Student Networking Event

Requested by Black students and organized by the CDEIO and Alumni Engagement in collaboration with Black alumni, including Leah Bowers, ’14; Joy Bronson, ’07; Antwan Chambers, ’14; Mamoudou N’Diaye ’14; and Bria Price, ’14, this event will enable Black alumni and students to come together for some conversation and networking. Stay tuned for more details!

Saturday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m. Men's v. Women's Basketball "Versus Battle" of the Decades
For more info, follow @woosterbsa on Instagram.
Tuesday, Feb. 16, 3-5 p.m.

TQBIPOC Support Group

A virtual support group for trans and queer BIPOC at Wooster. Staff and peer facilitated, this group seeks to build community and help connect individuals with similar identities.

More info here

Co-facilitated by Dr. Melissa Chesanko, Director of SGI; Dean Shadra Smith, Interim Director of MSA; and, William Washington of the Washington Wellness Institute.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m.

Register here

 
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The African Booty Scratcher: How You Got Your Black Card Revoked

 

A Justice Dialogue led by Maresa Tate '21, Angela Danso-Gayne '21.

 

What does it mean to be Black when race may not be a concept in your home? Who defines the culture associated with being Black in the USA? We will look into the intersectionality of being an African immigrant child or child of African immigrants growing up in the U.S. Discussions will take place on the challenges that bicultural and multicultural African children face growing up in the U.S. and their experiences within the home and outside of the home. 

Friday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m.

Black History Month Trivia Night

Hosted by Black Student Association (BSA) and Wooster Activities Crew (WAC).

Monday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Do Respectability Politics Work?

A Justice Dialogue presented by Dr. Rob Razzante and Elizabeth Testamark '22.

In this session participants will take part in a Civil Dialogue® to explore the pros, cons, and material implications of respectability politics in 2020-2021. Civil Dialogue is one particular format of dialogue that uses a provocative statement (e.g., respectability politics create change) to get people to agree, disagree, or be neutral / undecided. Through provocation, participants can begin to explore assumptions underlying one's stance toward respectability politics. 

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m.

Pre-Register here.

"Gotta Get Down to It" 

Join us for a virtual screening of Kenyon College Thomas S. Turgeon Professor of Drama Jonathan Tazewell’s "Gotta Get Down to It" film about the experience of BIPOC and underrepresented faculty and students at a predominantly white small liberal arts college. The film will be followed by a director "talk back."

This film follows a young professor and woman of color as she pursues tenure at an elite liberal arts college and finds her moral questions coming to a head when a student, a trans man of color, asks for her support.

View the trailer.

Friday, Feb. 26, 7 p.m.

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Well Run Dry

Hosted by the Department of Theatre and Dance. Watch the world debut of Lisa Langford's play, Well Run Dry, which speaks about the Black Lives Matter movement and the role of Black women in social justice organizing.

After a short viewing, there will be a talkback with Dr. Jimmy Noriega (director), Jaz Nappier (assistant director), Angela Danso Gyane (performer), Nasua Labi (performer), Anailah Funchess (performer), and Amari Royal (performer).

Sunday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m.

Register here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

"Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix" by Jason Reynolds.

A book discussion led by Dr. Ivonne García, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer (CDEIO).

Following the successful first CDEIO-sponsored Book Discussion on Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's "How to be an Antiracist," the CDEIO will again sponsor a Book Club on "Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix" by Jason Reynolds. A limited amount of books are available at the Bookstore for those who sign up for the book discussion.