Black History Month Celebrated on Campus
By Alexandria White
At the Center for Inclusion & Cross Cultural Engagement, or CICCE, our staff works enthusiastically to develop programs and services that support the University of Mississippi’s core value of inclusiveness.
This month, the CICCE is partnering with university departments, student organizations and community agencies to host a variety of programs in recognition of Black History Month. All students are encouraged to participate and take advantage of these educational opportunities. Here are a few highlights:
Feb. 8 – Black Student Union’s Sixth Annual BHM Gala, 6 p.m., The Inn at Ole Miss
Feb. 12 – Soul Food Luncheon, noon, Luckyday Cafeteria
Feb. 19 – Concert: Celebrating Composer William Grant Still, 7:30 p.m., Nutt Auditorium
Feb. 20 – African Diaspora Art, 5 p.m., Meek Hall 120
Feb. 23 – “Sojourner Truth”: A Musical Performance, 8 p.m., Nutt Auditorium
Feb. 25 – Black History Month keynote address featuring Tim Wise & Joy DeGruy, 6 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
As the university strives to provide an open, inclusive community for all students, we hope you will encourage your student to take full advantage of all the center has to offer. From academic resources to educational workshops and cultural programming, there is something for everyone.
An essential aspect of our mission is to foster an environment that is characterized by open and ongoing communication that deepens students’ understanding of their own and others’ identity, culture and heritage.
During the fall 2018 semester, we offered programming in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, LGBTQ History Month and Native American Heritage Month. During the spring semester, we celebrate Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Disability Awareness Month and Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Students can also take on leadership roles with our office through service as a member of the Inclusion Team, MOST Mentoring Program or Heritage Month planning teams. We are dedicated to creating a supportive and inclusive campus environment that complements the academic experience, connects and engages students with the university community, and provides opportunities for success in a multicultural society.
Visit inclusion.olemiss.edu for more information about CICCE and its Black History Month events.
Alexandria White is interim director of UM’s Center for Inclusion and Cross Cultural Engagement.