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Black History Month 2018

Candle Light Vigil

Date: Thursday, February 1st, 10:00am-11:00am; Center Ballroom, Student Union

Description: Honor the memory of anyone who is no longer with you. Light a candle and say a few remarks for that special someone/persons. If these individuals had an impact on your life’s development, take a moment to appreciate them!

Body & Soul: Fitness Assessments and Health Screenings

Date: Friday, February 2nd, 7:00pm-9:00pm; TRAC Arena

Description:  The Springfield Urban League will provide blood pressure and cholesterol readings and HIV testing.

JCPenney’s Suit Up Event

Date: Saturday, February 3rd, 8:00am-12:00pm

Description: Shop career dress apparel (Receive extra 40% off select items). Stop by Sephora for free mini makeover and chance to win prizes. Free salon consultation and xpress bar hair touch up is also available. *Show your UIS student ID to get special discount card. Transportation will be provided. For more information and to sign-up for the shuttle bus, go to http://www.uis.edu/career/

The UIS Professional Clothing Closet, operated by the Career Development Center, provides access to FREE professional and business casual attire to students for a wide variety of events such as career fairs, interviews, internships, and conferences. It will be open from January 29th- Feb 1st , 2:00 – 5:00pm.

ECCE Event: Protest: As American As Apple Pie

Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 6:00pm; Brookens Auditorium

Description: Protest is as American as apple pie, baseball, rock and roll, and Broadway. From the Boston Tea Party to the national anthem kneel, protest has been a part of America since its founding. Protest has been used in various ways throughout history and has served different functions. This interdisciplinary panel of UIS faculty will explore American protest from historical, legal, and social perspectives. These lenses will serve to contextualize modern protest movements, including the benefit they provide for all citizens.

Know Your Heritage Bowl

Date: Friday, February 9th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, Ballroom, Student Union

Description: Team up with other peers at UIS and participate/compete in a trivia game to learn about important African-American people, inventions, and legislations that impact the way we see society today.

BMCS Induction Ceremony

Date: Sunday, February 11th, 3:00pm-5:00pm; Ballroom, Student Union

Description: Join the night of festivities as UIS celebrates the Black males on their accomplishment to be inducted into the Black male collegiate Society. Hear from various members and newly inducted members on their journey from maleness to manhood.

Movie Night & Discussion

Date: Wednesday,  February 14th, 7:00pm-9:00pm; LRH Great Room

Description: Enjoy a movie on the topic of Black Love and stay for a discussion.

High School- College Mixer

Date: Friday, February 16th, 4:00pm-6:00pm; Ballroom, Student Union

Description: In order to ensure equity, inclusion, and diversity are mainstays on college campuses/universities around the nation, we need to become more intentional about providing means of access to higher education for some of our most traditionally underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. UIS wants to join the conversation to do just that. Local high school students (Jrs. & Sr.’s) are invited to partake in a campus visit where they will have a chance to interact, learn, and socialize with many of our current African American student leaders. There will even be a chance to learn more about the importance of Greek Life and witness a special presentation.

Alumni Event/ Etiquette Dinner

Date: Saturday, February 17th, 5:00pm-9:00pm; Ballroom, Student Union

Description: The event will allow our African American Alumni and current African American students the chance to interact and socialize around professional topics/employment trends, graduate tips and other advice that will help them foment success while at the same time, enjoying an evening of cultural entertainment.

Soul Food Festival & Fashion Show

Date: Sunday, February 18th, 7:00pm-9:00pm, PAC Lower Level Concourse

Description: Food is essential to all cultures around the world. The cuisine traditionally prepared in the Black community is Soul Food. Soul Food is a unique combination of African recipes and ingredients brought by former slaves to the Americas. Over time Soul Food has transformed to meet the likes of the Black community. Currently, there is a trend for healthier ingredients. While Soul Food brings people together, it is the communal effort, fellowship and sharing of ideas which accompanies the food making it such a special tradition. Along with communalism and food, performance is engrained in Black culture. This year, the Diversity Center aims to do just that. The Soul Food Festival will serve to educate, entertain, and unite the UIS community through performances and a fashion show. Additionally, there will be a variety of Soul Food dishes for participants to enjoy.

Spoken Word-Poetry Slam

Date: Friday, February 23rd, 8:00pm-9:00pm; LRH Great Room

Description: Natasha T Miller is a Detroit, MI. native, performance poet, LGBTQ, activist, film producer, and founder of the ‘Artists Inn Detroit.’ Natasha has been a member of four national slam teams, starred in a national Sprite commercial and a Shinola CNN ad, and she is a “Women of the World Poetry Slam” three-time top-five finalist. She has awed audiences across the world at more than a hundred universities and venues, performing in stadiums for as many as 30,000 people. She has been featured in magazines such as Vogue, Entrepreneur Magazine, and many more. Natasha currently tours the world using her words to enlighten, create equality and, most importantly, spread truth and forgiveness in tradition of so many great leaders before her (NACA 2017).

Ebony Ball

Date: Saturday, February 24th, 6:00pm-12:00am; Ballroom, Student Union

Description: Wear your Sunday’s best. Come out to socialize and interact with your peers. This event is used to celebrate the Black Excellence that UIS has to offer. The theme this year is “The Harlem Renaissance”.

Voices in Praise Gospel Concert

Date: Sunday, February 25th, 6:00pm-8:00pm; Brookens Auditorium

Description: Join us for a night of praise with a local church band.

Lunch and Learn Series: Celebrating Culture and History

Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 11:30am-1:30pm; Student Union

Description: Elizabeth Alexander and Nell Clay, board members of the Central Illinois African American History Museum, will share the vision of the city’s newest cultural center as they present We Have a Dream: The Future of Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum. Dr. James Cornelius, Curator, Henry Horner Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, will present Lincoln, Lost and Found: Mysteries and Wonders of Illinois’ Lincoln Collection. 

For information visit: http://www.cvent.com/events/lunch-and-learn-series-spring-2018/event-summary-0643fda022ea434183980e4a14daa711.aspx

Closing Ceremony/Soup & Conversation

Date: Tuesday, February 27th, 2:00pm-3:00pm; Diversity Center

Description: Join us for lunch and discussion as we reflect on the month.


Click here to see some of the archived events from previous years

For Further Information contact: (217) 206-6333 or diversity@uis.edu