Upcoming and Past Events
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).
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.
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.