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Get ready to celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month, and the Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO) has an array of activities planned to celebrate African-American culture and heritage. Mark your calendar and join us at upcoming events!

Note: All events will take place in the Oakland Franklin building, Lobby 1. To attend via Zoom, use this link.

BSFO Black History Month Kick-Off with Yvette Gullatt

Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020
12-1 p.m.
All staff are invited to join the Black Staff and Faculty Organization in kicking off Black History Month. Yvette Gullatt, Ph.D., vice provost and chief outreach officer/interim vice president of Student Affairs, will present the keynote address. For questions, please contact Ghanya Thomas.

BSFO Film Series: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin 

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
12-1:30 p.m.
Bayard Rustin, a master strategist and the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington, was instrumental in molding Martin Luther King Jr. into an international symbol of peace and nonviolence. But, he was also silenced and imprisoned due to being an openly gay man in a homophobic era. This documentary film has a run time of 90 minutes. Watch the trailer. For questions, contact the event chairs, Melissa Warlick & Jason Schupp. Download a flyer.

BSFO Community Partnership: All Tied Up

Tuesday, February 18, 2020
12-1 p.m.
Join Armand Carr, radio personality and founder of All Tied Up, a nonprofit organization that empowers local young men of color, ages 13 to 21. Learn how young men learn leadership, self-respect and empathy through the basic skills of tying a tie. During the month of February, BSFO will host a tie-drive campaign in support of All Tied Up. For questions, contact the event chair, Arthur Barker. Download a flyer.

Participate in the tie drive! For the whole month of February, BSFO will be collecting ties for All Tied Up program participants. Help out by donating a new or gently used tie. Download a flyer.

BSFO Ancestry Presentation

Thursday, February 20, 2020
12-1:15 p.m.

BSFO members Dena Bullard and Annette Holmes will share their family stories. Holmes will detail her family’s connection to “The Weeping Time” — the largest slave auction (436 women, men and children) held in 1859 at a racetrack in Savannah, Georgia. Bullard will recount the story of her Japanese grandmother’s experience living in a US-sanctioned internment camp in Arkansas during WWII, as well as her family’s African-American and Japanese heritage. For questions, please contact Ghanya Thomas. Download a flyer.

BSFO Executive Leadership Panel

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020
12-1:15 p.m.

Join the Black Staff and Faculty Organization for a candid conversation with four African-American executive leaders as they offer advice and share their experiences being the “only black person” or the “first black ____”; the art of code-switching; racial fatigue; avoiding being labeled as the “angry Black woman”; the realities of working in a post-Obama, post-racial era and more. Panelists include:

  • Kendra Fox-Davis, Systemwide Title IX Deputy Director, Systemwide Title IX Office, UCOP
  • Don Hunt, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management, UC Davis
  • Sandra Williams-Hamp, Executive Director for Strategic Partnerships & Community Engagement, UCOP
  • Eugene Whitlock, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer, UC Berkeley

For questions, please contact Charleen Mininfield.

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