William Paterson University Celebrates Black History Month with Lectures, Discussions, and Arts


Lectures, discussions and creative arts events support William Paterson University’s annual observance of Black History Month during February 2021.

“This month’s programs, led by the Black History Month Planning Committee, the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Black Cultural Center, reaffirms the University’s commitment to equity and inclusion,” says David Jones, chief diversity officer and director of talent management at William Paterson University. “The opportunity to come together to celebrate Black excellence provides hope, inspiration, community and a sense of renewal.”

“This year’s theme “Protecting the Crown: Breaking Generational Curses” is intended to engage the community on topics related to liberation, Black identity, family and culture,” explains Yolany Gonell, director of student diversity and inclusion at the Center for Diversity and Inclusion/ Black Cultural Center. “As a community we want to pay tribute, preserve, and honor the history and many contributions made by African Americans and the Black Community, as well as come together for social change to break oppressive systems through student activism and community dialogue.”

Reoccurring and special events throughout the month include:

Wednesdays, 1 to 2 p.m.
The Bridge Support Group, a confidential space to talk about racial trauma, micro-aggressions and systemic barriers, facilitated by Ayana DaSilva, Counseling, Health and Wellness.
Meeting ID: 927 2912 2744
Passcode: 708857

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Teach-In, focusing on the assault on the Nation’s Capitol Building.
February 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Check Pioneer Life for full details.

Tuesday, February 2

  • Opening Keynote Address, 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 991 4824 9232
    Passcode: 2021 

Wednesday, February 3

  • SABLE (Sisters for Awareness Black Leadership & Equality), Paint Your Crown, arts and craft event, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Meeting ID 991 1643 3090
    Passcode: BHM21

Thursday, February 4

  • Featured Spoken Word Artist: Camryn Bruno, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Meeting ID 951 1674 9225
    Passcode: 2021
     
  • Know Your Rights: Freedom of Expression Policy, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 988 4075 2383
    Passcode: 2021

Monday, February 8

  • Trauma, Healing and Reconciliation: Social Justice Leadership Badge Workshop, 3 to 4 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 943 2045 0484
    Passcode: 2021

Tuesday, February 9

  • SABLE (Sisters for Awareness Black Leadership & Equality) Get It Off Your Chest Discussion, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 966 2629 1060
    Passcode: BHM21

Wednesday, February 10

  • Working While Black: Black Alumni Network Career Panel, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 911 585 6143
    Passcode: BAN2021

Thursday, February 11

  • Afro-Fusion’s Dance Champion, Jorge Riascos Performance and Instruction, 1 to 2 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 932 4912 4024
    Passcode: 2021

  • Matters of the Heart: Social Justice Leadership Badge, featured speaker, 3 to 4 p.m.
    Meeting ID 942 4620 5596
    Passcode: 2021

  • African Student Union: Vision Boards, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 815 0252 9836
    Passcode: 278966

Tuesday, February 16

  • Africana World Studies: Leadership and Legacy, An Intergenerational Conversation, 5 to 7 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 959 0653 4279
    Passcode: 911384

Wednesday, February 17

  • Africana World Studies and Black Student Union: The Enduring Significance of Political Prisoners, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 986 1651 4007
    Passcode: 128378

Thursday, February 18

  • Career Readiness LinkedIn Headshots, 1 to 3 p.m.
    Black Cultural Center, Machuga Student Center, Room 208

  • African Student Union: Gender and Generational Differences Discussion, 7 to 9 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 895 1827 0377
    Passcode: 621638

Monday, February 22

  • Black History Month Artist Talk: Marie Cochran, 6 to 7 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 828 5057 6924
    Passcode: 739169

  • Haitian American Student Association: Mental Health
    Meeting ID: 813 660 3546
    Passcode: EnWz9i

Tuesday, February 23

  • EBONEE (Encouraging the Black Open-Minded for Exceptional Experiences): Hip Hop Culture, 7 to 8 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 922 0007 0867

Wednesday, February 24

  • Community and Social Justice Studies and ADP: Creating Democratic Communities, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Pioneer Life for Details

Thursday, February 25

  • Financial Literacy Workshop, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 959 0825 8130
     
  • Black Campus Ministry: Gospel Night, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 992 6211 5258

Saturday, February 27

  • Closing Ceremony, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    Meeting ID: 916 8725 2584
    Passcode: 2021

For more information, visit the Pioneer Life Black History Month portal.

01/28/21