Saturday, February 2nd

Black Out Study Tables (LRH Greatroom 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Please join us for Black History Month (BHM) study tables dressed in all black as a symbol of solidarity.

Monday, February 3rd

Campus Unity Photoshoot (Meet at the Student Union 11:00 am – 11:30 am)

In the first part of a two-part Black History Month 2020 tribute, from 11a.m.–11: 30a.m. please join the Diversity Center Staff as we showcase the multiple identities that exists on campus. Each time, in three different locations on campus we will be able to take a photo that highlights important aspects of our identity. We want to allow the pictures to pull us together as a campus, and share important narratives of who we are. Each location will call for everyone to be dressed as the different identities. All are welcomed: students, staff, faculty, athletes, student organizations, Greek life affiliates, departments, etc. Stop 1: Student Union; Stop 2: Colonnade; Stop 3: Lincoln Statue. 

BHM 2020 Video Launch (Various Social Media Platforms 12:00 pm)

In the second part of the Black History Month 2020 tribute, the Diversity Center will launch a video montage that highlights various voices on campus that explain why Black History Month is so important to our American history. 

Wednesday, February 5th

Dress for Success (Diversity Center 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

Come out and joint the Career Development and Diversity Center for a Dress for Success event that will help you gain more confidence for that next professional opportunity. Gain tips and learn the Do’s and Dont’s of professional dress attire. There will be a presentation, a thrifting closet, and much more.

Friday, February 7th

Healthcare Hidden Figures (Diversity Center 5:00 pm 7:00 pm)

Join us on February 7th from 5-7pm at the Diversity Center to engage with a dynamic panel of women who will discuss the challenges and triumphs they have faced as women of color in the healthcare field. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and network with our panelists who come from diverse backgrounds in healthcare. Come be inspired and educated.

Saturday, February 8th

BMCS Induction Ceremony (Student Union Ballroom 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm)

Join UIS as we celebrate the accomplishments of those being inducted into the Black Male Collegiate Society. Hear from various Black Male Collegiate Society members and newly inducted members on their journey from maleness to manhood.

Tuesday, February 11th

Black History Squares (Student Union Ballroom 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm)

Black History Month Hip Hop Squares/Trivia is an event to test students’ knowledge as well as encourage students to more about African American History. With a little twist, we will be playing like the MTV show, Hip Hop Squares, having four rounds of competition. There will be four opponents playing against each other for each round. The Ladies of the Upsilon Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta will act as a host.

Thursday, February 13th

Open Mic (Student Union Sports Grill 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm)

Live show where audience members may perform their spoken word pieces featuring Harold Green. The event is open to the public.

Friday, February 14th

Highschool Mixer (Student Union Ballroom 9:00 am – 1:00pm)

Local high school students (juniors and seniors) are invited to partake in a campus visit where they will have a chance to interact, learn and socialize with many current African American student leaders at UIS. There will be a chance to learn more about the importance of Greek Life and witness a special presentation.

Greek Life: Past, Present, Future (PAC F 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm)

Greek life isn’t all about strolling, throwing up hand signs or wearing colors. This is a common misconception about organizations with Greek letter entities. The purpose and work of Greek letter organizations has impacted the world in numerous ways. Join us on Feb 14th at 5:30 p.m. in PAC F as we dive into an in-depth conversation about the purpose and impact of Greek life while focusing on the three pillars of education, politics, and social atmosphere. We will discuss how these three topics have evolved throughout history. We will talk through why these aspects have changed and how we will develop in the future.   

Wednesday, February 19th

African American History Museum (Student Union Leadership Center 10:00 am – 1:00 pm)

This collaborative educational event with the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum is an event that will help students learn more information about African American History through different exhibits.

Film and Discussion (Studio Theater 8:00 pm – 11:00pm)

The event will be a film and discussion over the 2016 motion picture “The Birth of a Nation” (2hr run time), starring Nate Parker. The viewing will be on Wednesday, February 19th at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theater. The film will be followed by a panel. Interactive and respectful discussion is encouraged among the students and other attendees. The event is open to the public beginning at 7:45pm. 

Thursday, February 20th

Cori Bush (ECCE) Brookens Auditorium 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will welcome Cori Bush — one of four politicians featured in the award– winning documentary “Knock Down The House” — to discuss her experience, the goal of getting diverse voices into political office and why these voices matter. The documentary screening and discussion are free and open to the public.

Friday, February 21st

Facilitation Skills Workshop (PAC H 12:30 pm – 4:30pm)

Want to become a better facilitator? Join us as we invite Causten Rodriguez Wollerman, a facilitation expert. The workshop is for NCBI facilitators, Safe Zone facilitators, Inqueery student peer educators, and anyone on campus that facilitates trainings on bias, prejudice, discrimination, etc. This is for novice as well as experienced facilitators! For information, please contact the Diversity Center at 

Gospel Concert (LRH Great Room 7:30 pm – 10:00 pm)

“Sounds of Victory” will serve as the spiritual component within Black History Month. Students and guests will be reminded of healing and triumph through song, dance, and fellowship!

Monday, February 24th

Reparations Talk (ECCE) (Brookens Auditorium 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

What are arguments for and against reparations for slavery, and what might restitution look like? Are some of America’s finest universities and college students closely connected to slavery? UIS welcomes Mélisande Short-Colomb, who was recently informed that her ancestors were 2 of 272 enslaved people owned by the Jesuits of Georgetown U. and sold in 1838 to keep the university afloat. Granted legacy status and enrolling at Georgetown, she joined students in documenting the university’s slavery history, grappling with the reparations question, organizing and voting for a semesterly restitution fee, and debating how to best use the fees. Learn about and discuss this concrete example of college students, alumni, a campus community and restitution with Meli, who has been featured on CNN, Forbes Magazine, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, and Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Friday, February 28th

A Black Love Language (PAC F 4:00 pm – 6:00pm)

A Black Love Language. This event will be held to help people form better relationships whether it is platonic or romantic.

Saturday, February 29th

Ebony Ball (Student Union Ballroom 7:00 pm – Midnight)

The 8th annual Ebony Ball is a chance to appreciate and celebrate the black excellence of our current student leaders. The evening will be filled with education, laughter and positivity. The event is open to all students who believe in leadership and unity. Please take the time to increase the value of our student leaders by rooting them on in celebration this evening. Dress attire is business casual.

Monday, March 2nd

Closing Ceremony (Diversity Center 12:00 pm – 1:00pm)

Students will reflect on Black History Month during this closing ceremony featuring food and discussion in the Diversity Center.