Duquesne University Celebrates Black History Month with Events Scheduled throughout February

Duquesne University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI), along with other groups and individuals across campus, are planning a full schedule of events throughout February to celebrate Black History Month and the University's commitment to diversity.

"The events this month in particular are due to the thoughtful input and ideas from a variety of our community members," said Jeff Mallory, director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. "As an office, it's imperative that we continue to seek opportunities to engage and uplift our community and the students we are privileged to serve."

Events open to the public include:

  • Gender and Hip-Hop, Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 3 to 4:30 p.m., Room 714, Fisher Hall. Well-known local hip hop artist Amber Epps, who performs under the name HollyHood, will present on the topic of gender and hip hop. Light refreshments will be served.
  • Black Love Day, Thursday, Feb. 16. Doors open at 5 p.m., and the program begins at 6 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom. The Black Student Union will host a dinner to honor the third nationally commemorated African-American holiday, Black Love Day. Several students and faculty on campus will be honored for their many accomplishments and acts of inclusion. The event features Frankie A. Soto, the 2016 Multicultural Spoken Word Poet of the Year.
  • Collegiate 100 Pinning Ceremony, Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., in the Africa Room of the Union. Join the Collegiate 100 Chapter at its annual installation of new members. Dinner is included, and a keynote speaker will give remarks. RSVP is required to popeh@duq.edu.
  • My Story Your City, Thursday, Feb. 23. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6 p.m. in the Power Center Ballroom. Attendees will spend an evening with Leon Ford-a man who has turned his story of tragedy into a story of triumph-as he shares his truth through a dynamic presentation. RSVP is required to satterwhitea@duq.edu.
  • Soul Food Sampler, Thursday, Feb. 23 from 12 to 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge of the School of Law. The Black Law Student Association is hosts this annual event. For questions, email Robin Conners at connersr@duq.edu or visit the website.
  • Diversity and Inclusion Conversation: Intersection Between Laws & Reality, Monday, Feb. 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., in Room 119 of the Union. Presented by attorney Ronald Wilson, chief diversity officer and a director of social equity at Edinboro University. RSVP is required to malloryj@duq.edu.

For more information, contact satterwhitea@duq.edu, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion or call 412.396.1117.

Information: Media are asked to RSVP and arrange parking by calling Jill Greenwood from the Office of Marketing and Communications at 412.396.1154/cell 412.736.1877.

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