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UCOP marks Black History Month with an array of special events

Celebrate Black History Month with your colleagues by attending the many engaging events planned by UCOP departments and the Black Staff and Faculty Organization (BSFO). All listings reflect Pacific Time.

Belonging and Inclusion Toward an Anti-Racist Organization
Feb. 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Led by popular instructor Dr. Rachelle Rogers Ard, Ed.D., this workshop will deeply explore the application and behaviors of the UCOP Core Competency of Belonging and Inclusion. Explore the emotional depths associated with feelings of inclusion and belonging, awareness of your own values and the element of race. Review concrete examples of change and learn the hard questions necessary for building lasting change. Sponsored by UCOP Learning and Development.
Register for Belonging and Inclusion Toward an Anti-Racist Organization

BSFO Scholarship Ceremony
Feb. 3, 2 – 3 p.m.
To kick off Black History Month, BSFO will introduce and honor the four UC students who were selected to receive 2022 UCOP-BSFO Scholarships. Sponsored by BSFO.
Scholarship Ceremony Zoom link

Newark Museum of Art Tour: Arts of Global Africa
Feb. 8, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A museum docent from the Newark Museum of Art will lead a virtual tour exploring works of art from Africa. There will be a focus on the stories and meanings of art in African culture, as well as an exploration of Africa’s influence on global creativity. Sponsored by BSFO.
Museum Tour Zoom link

Confronting Anti-Asian Hate and Bias
Feb. 10, 12 – 1 p.m.
Professor Lok Siu, Ph.D., cultural anthropologist and associate professor of ethnic studies at UC Berkeley, is an expert in Asian diasporas and transnationalism. She will discuss how economic and capitalist structures can produce racial violence, ways in which the ongoing pandemic has laid bare deep economic and racial disparities that shape the life chances of different racial communities, and the role of cross-racial collaborations in combatting anti-Asian violence and exclusion. Sponsored by Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs (GUEA) and the Office of Workplace Inclusion and Belonging (OWIB).
Register for Confronting Anti-Asian Hate and Bias

Climate Panel
Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Several experts will discuss topics surrounding climate and environmental justice, with a focus on the Black community’s climate change experience through varied lenses such as health, Critical Race Theory, Feminist Theory and land loss. The event will be moderated by Michaela James (UCOP), with featured panelists including Dr. Kendrick Davis (UC Riverside), Savi Horne (Executive Director, Land Loss Prevention Project), Dr. David Pellow (UC Santa Barbara) and Dr. Jade Sasser (UC Riverside). Sponsored by BSFO.
Climate Panel Zoom link

Celebration of Oral Traditions
Feb. 22, 3-4 p.m.
Dr. Linda Humes (John Jay College) will present a lecture on the history and importance of the oral tradition in African and African American history. Two other professional storytellers, Masankho Banda and Oba William King, will follow Dr. Humes with traditional storytelling performances. Sponsored by BSFO.
– Oral Traditions Zoom Link

Black Thriving: A UC Irvine Initiative
Feb. 23, 12 – 1 p.m. 
UC Irvine Vice-Chancellor and Professor Doug Haynes, Ph.D., will discuss the campus’ Black Thriving Initiative — a whole-university approach that recognizes and responds to anti-Blackness as an existential threat to the mission of the public research university. Vice-Chancellor Haynes will discuss the ways in which depriving Black people of their full participation in society and university life can compromise an institution’s capacity to educate, discover, create and heal, and how initiatives like UC Irvine’s leverage the mission of the university and change institutional culture. Sponsored by GUEA and OWIB.
Register for Black Thriving

A Conversation with President Drake
Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
President Drake will sit down with the former head librarian of the Oakland History Center, Dorothy Lazard, to discuss African American history in Oakland and beyond. Sponsored by BSFO.
– Link will be provided soon.

Anti-Racism Task Force/Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Update
Feb. 28, 12 – 12:40 p.m.
The UCOP Anti-Racism Task Force’s (ARTF) Core Planning Team leaders will present updates on the implementation of the approved ARTF recommendations. Sponsored by BSFO.
ARTF Zoom link

Looking for more Black History Month events? Check out these events from throughout UC.

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