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Black History Month Events Celebrate Life, Culture, Experiences

The month of February marked the campus-wide celebration of Black History Month. Hosted by Ujamaa, Wesleyan’s Black Student Union, students took part in a plethora of events that celebrated black life, experiences and culture.

This year events centered around the theme, “Freedom is a Constant Struggle,” highlighting the many years of oppression people of color faced in the United States. Events included a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a student of color art show, a leadership conference, a Black History Month formal and much more.

Photos of Black History Month activities are below: (Photos by Gabi Hurlock ’20, Olivia Drake and Rebecca Goldfarb Terry ‘ 19)

On Feb. 23, students of color presented their visual work at the Be the Art showcase. The exhibit is housed in Zilkha Gallery

On Feb. 23, students of color presented their visual work at the Be the Art showcase. The exhibit is housed in Zilkha Gallery.

Wesleyan Celebrates Black History Month

This February, in honor of Black History Month, Wesleyan is hosting a series of events including a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; discussions on current black issues and diaspora blackness around the world; a Black History Month formal celebration; a unconventional poetry performance; a black radical protest with a former Black Panther activist; a student of color art show and live performances; and much more.

Ujamma, Wesleyan’s black student union, is coordinating all events. (Click graphic below to enlarge).

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Students Celebrate Black History Month with Campus Formal, Poet Performance

In honor of Black History Month in February, Wesleyan Students of Color hosted a campus formal on Feb. 19 and a performance by world-renowned poet Saul Williams on Feb. 20. The second event, held at Crowell Concert Hall in the Center for the Arts, also featured performances by Tarishi Midnight-Shuler, a professional Connecticut-based spoken word artist, and Destiny Polk ’19. Williams performed at Wesleyan as part of his “MartyrLoserKing” tour, offering the audience an original compilation of spoken word and performance.

(Photos by Andrew Hirsh ’18)

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Students of Color Gather for Reception, Program

The Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance (AFCA) hosted a Students of Color Reception Aug. 28 in Usdan University Center. The reception allowed new students who identify themselves as a “student of color” to meet fellow students, faculty, staff and administrators. The group gathered for lunch and a brief program led by Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion. Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

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Class of 2014 Students of Color Celebrated at AFCA Luncheon

The Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance (AFCA) hosted a lunch for seniors of color May 19 at Daniel Family Commons. Students received stoles, which they may wear during the Commencement ceremony May 25. AFCA members Joanne Rafferty, associate director of Usdan University Center, and Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion, spoke to students during the luncheon.

Photos of the event are below: (Photos by Olivia Drake)

The Administrators and Faculty of Color Alliance (AFCA) hosted a lunch for seniors of color May 19 at Daniel Family Commons.  Students received stoles, which they may wear during the Commencement ceremony May 25. AFCA members Joanne Rafferty, associate director of Usdan University Center, and Antonio Farias, vice president for equity and inclusion, spoke to students during the luncheon.

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Students Curate “Be the Art” Exhibit

The 8th annual BE THE ART exhibition opened Feb. 20 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

The 8th annual “Be the Art” exhibition opened Feb. 20 in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery.

The student-curated art exhibit, which runs through March 2, celebrates and raises awareness of underrepresented artists of color at Wesleyan.

The student-curated art exhibit, which ran through March 2, celebrates and raises awareness of underrepresented artists of color at Wesleyan.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Center for African American Studies, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Center for the Americas, American Studies, Department of Art and Art History, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. (Photos by Hannah Norman '16)

The annual exhibit was co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Center for African American Studies, Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies, Center for the Americas, American Studies, Department of Art and Art History, and the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. (Photos by Hannah Norman ’16)

“Women of Color at Wesleyan” Topic of Greene Symposium

Wesleyan hosted the 21st annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium on Nov. 2. The topic this year was “Women of Color at Wesleyan.”

Wesleyan hosted the 21st annual Dwight L. Greene Symposium on Nov. 2. The topic this year was “Women of Color at Wesleyan.” Pictured in center, Interim Chief Diversity Officer Marina Melendez ’83 MALS ’88 moderated the panel consisting of Simone White ’93, Maria Santana-Guadalupe ’98, Saeyun Lee ’93 and Joyce Hall ’78.

Edgar Beckham Helping Hand Awards Support Those Promoting Diversity, Inclusion

Several Wesleyan students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the university attended the Edgar Beckham Helping Hand Awards Ceremony April 28 in Beckham Hall. Guests joined urban revitalization strategy consultant Majora Carter ’88, former Dean of the College Janina Montero, and several other prominent alumni in recognizing students, faculty and staff who have exercised cultural sensitivity and promoted diversity and inclusion.

The event was created and organized by Phabinly Gabriel ’13 and Luciana Pennant ’13.

“The event was amazing,” Pennant said. “It was a spectacular evening full of joy and laughter.”

The student award recipients are: Dorisol Inoa ’13; Evan Okun ’13; Chantaneice Kitt ’13; James Gardner ’13; Syed Ali ’13; Malik Ben-Salahuddin ’13; Roselee Mohika ’13; Hira Jafri ’13; Oladoyin Oladapo ’14; Jalen Alexander ’14; Christian Hosam ’15; Michael Leung ’15; Nkosi Archibald ’16 and Alton Wang ’16.

The faculty and staff recipients are: Robert Steele, Lisa Dierker, Persephone Hall, Sarah Mahurin, Elizabeth McAlister, Renee Johnson-Thornton, Elisa Cardona, Indira Karamcheti, Matthew Kurtz, Sarah Carney, Helen Treloar, Stacy Fambro and Sonia Manjon.

The specialty award recipient was former dean of students Janina Montero, who succeeded Dean Edgar Beckham. (Photos by Bill Tyner ’13) View the entire photo gallery in this Wesleyan Flickr gallery.

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