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UCOP Black History Month events continue

Black History Month celebrations continue at UCOP with special events this week and next. Mark your calendar for these great opportunities to build your knowledge of Black history and culture while connecting with your colleagues. All listings reflect Pacific Time.

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 the Black Staff and Faculty Organization (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 Graduate, Undergraduate and Equity Affairs (GUEA) and the Office of Workplace Inclusion and Belonging (OWIB).
– Register for Black Thriving

BSFO In Conversation: Oakland Legend Dorothy Lazard
Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The former head librarian of the Oakland History Center, Dorothy Lazard, will sit in conversation with BSFO’s Andenet Emiru to discuss African American history in Oakland and beyond. Sponsored by BSFO.
Dorothy Lazard Zoom Link | Webinar ID: 995 1862 0000 | Passcode: 261363

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

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