Saturday, February 2nd

Eyes on the Prize (Diversity Center Lounge 5:00 pm)

We will watch the two episodes from the Civil Rights Eyes on the Prize mini-movie series and engage in meaningful conversation. A small meal will be provided. 


Thursday, February 3rd

BHM Trivia Hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha (Diversity Center 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

BHM Trivia will be a fun and engaging way to refresh your knowledge of Black History. There will be several trivia games played with a Kahoot game at the end. Prizes will be awarded to the winners of each game.

Dance in Black hosted by Siobhan (Virtual)  

The purpose of Dance in Black is to highlight prominent and note-worthy Black figures that have trailblazed the avenue for Black dancers. The goal is to highlight various genres of dance each week (ballet, tap, jazz, liturgical) leading up to the in-person event where we will discuss the figures that have been highlighted while simultaneously practicing technique and choreography. 


Friday, February 4th

Feminist Friday hosted by the Women's Center (Diversity Center Lounge 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm) 

Join the Women's Center as we have an impactful conversation about the medical disparities and health inequalities that women of color face.

Pink Goes Red hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. (SLB Gym 4:00 pm - 6:30pm)   

Overview/Mission/Goal: Join the ladies of the Tau Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. for a fun double Dutch competition as well as many more games. We will be playing dodgeball, hosting pacer tests, and running a bouncy house maze. Throughout the event, we will be checking heart rates in support of Heart Disease Awareness. 


Sunday, February 6th  

One of the Most Important Social Justice Activists of the 20th Century You’ve Probably Never Heard Of hosted by Gender & Sexuality Student Services  

To introduce students to the life and contributions of Pauli Murray, a twentieth-century human rights activist, legal scholar, feminist, poet, Episcopal priest, labor organizer, and multiracial Black, LGBTQ+ community member of transmasculine experience, who famously coined the phrase, “Jane Crow” and addressed intersectionality and the oppression of black women.


Monday, February 7th

Addressing Sexual Health Inequities in the Black Community hosted by Gender & Sexuality Student Services (3:00 pm - 5:00 pm)  

The mission of this event is to increase awareness of the structural and societal inequities that lead to sexual health disparities in the black community. During this event, we would discuss the systemic racism, homophobia, and sexism that have led to the mistreatment of the black community in health care, stigmatization and shaming of sexuality, and restricted access to sexual health services and resources. Some specific topics discussed are the Tuskegee Experiment, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, equitable and accessible resources, and empowerment for reclaiming your individual sexuality and sexual health. 


Wednesday, February 9th

Poetry Night with Guest Poet Akeem Olaj hosted by Student Activities Committee (Student Union Grill 6:00 pm) 

Poetry night will allow for students to come up and share their own poetry while having guest poet Akeem Olaj there to share some of his personal poems and spoken word pieces with the community. This will be a time for UIS to gather as a community to enjoy a night of poetry. 


Thursday, February 10th

Titans in Rock: Musicians throughout the Ages hosted by Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. (Student Union North Ballroom 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm)  

Titans in Rock we'll be in event that discusses the evolution of rock, from its roots in music to its expansion into different demographics. Join us in admiring different artists such as Jimi Hendrix and chuckie Berry. To close this event we will host a kahoot competition for a chance to win and assortment of prizes.

Dance in Black hosted by Siobhan (Virtual)  

The purpose of Dance in Black is to highlight prominent and note-worthy Black figures that have trailblazed the avenue for Black dancers. The goal is to highlight various genres of dance each week (ballet, tap, jazz, liturgical) leading up to the in-person event where we will discuss the figures that have been highlighted while simultaneously practicing technique and choreography. 


Friday, February 11th

High School to College Mixer hosted by Diversity Center (Student Union Ballroom 10:00 am - 2:00pm)  

This would be an engaging time for current UIS students to interact with local high school students as they come to UIS to hear from different departments, see a variety of performances and engage with various student organizations on campus.


Saturday, February 12th

Afro Ritmo hosted by Baile Monarcas and Afro Beats Dance Crew (Student Union South Ballroom 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

This event would teach UIS the history and cultures of African and Afro-Latin Dances through performances and participant interaction.


Sunday, February 13th

BMCS Induction Ceremony hosted by Black Male Collegiate Society (Student Union Ballroom 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm) 

Recognizing gentlemen who have worked hard on the campus’s community to be inducted into the Black Male Collegiate Society. 


Tuesday, February 15th

Bring on the Heat hosted by Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. & Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (Student Union North Ballroom 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm) 

The event aims to provide a social environment for sneakerheads to show off their best sneakers/basketball shoes. At the same time, the event will quickly educate participants about the origins of sneaker culture and how it became popular through a Kahoot game


Wednesday, February 16th

Eyes on the Prize (Diversity Center Lounge 3:00 pm)

We will watch the two episodes from the Civil Rights Eyes on the Prize mini-movie series and engage in meaningful conversation. A small meal will be provided. 

Policing the Criminal Justice System guest speaker Joanna Johnson hosted by the Diversity Center (Diversity Center Lounge 6:00 pm) 

The mission of this event is to start a positive conversation between the people of color at UIS and campus/local police officers. Conversations like these are important as important questions get asked and opinions get heard from both sides. Our guest speaker Joanna Johnson will be giving her perspective as a black female police officer, and we plan to have our UIS police there to also answer questions.


Thursday, February 17th

Dance in Black hosted by Siobhan (Virtual)  

The purpose of Dance in Black is to highlight prominent and note-worthy Black figures that have trailblazed the avenue for Black dancers. The goal is to highlight various genres of dance each week (ballet, tap, jazz, liturgical) leading up to the in-person event where we will discuss the figures that have been highlighted while simultaneously practicing technique and choreography. 


Friday, February 18th 

MLK Volunteer/Service Event (TBA)

More details about how to get involved to come.


Saturday, February 19th 

Eyes on the Prize (Diversity Center Lounge 3:00 pm)

We will watch the two episodes from the Civil Rights Eyes on the Prize mini-movie series and engage in meaningful conversation. A small meal will be provided. 

PHam Phashion Show hosted by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.  (Student Union Ballroom

Come join the Phirst Pham for a fun and fashionable night of walking the runway in different eras of black history. Students and local community members who have a passion for fashion will also be able to showcase their clothing lines and brands during the show. The event will conclude with music, dancing, and mingling with some of the brands represented in the show.


Tuesday, February 22nd

Black LGBT Leaders Tabling (Student Union Entrance 11:00 am)

To create Trading Cards featuring an image of the individual on the front and their achievements/ contributions/ effort … etc. on the back.  Giving the students the chance to match the image with their contributions, if they match more than 2, the name will be entered into the raffle to win a prize. Provide campus with active participation in learning about important black LBGTQ icons while playing a fun matching game.

UI Collaboration Event (Michelle Goodwin) (Virtual 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

U of I Collaboration Event: With Michele Goodwin (Webinar/Zoom) hosted by The Diversity Center (UIS), The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (UIUC), and the African American Cultural Center (UIC). 4-6pm. 

Michele Bratcher Goodwin is a Chancellor’s Professor at the University of California, Irvine and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy. She is credited with helping to establish and shape the health law field. Professor Goodwin is an internationally recognized voice on women’s rights, reproductive health, healthy policy, and constitutional law and lectures worldwide on matters relating to the exploitation of women and girls.  A prolific author, her most recent book Policing the Womb: Invisible Women and the Criminalization of Motherhood sheds light on the rising state regulation of pregnancy and criminalization of women. 

  • 30-min virtual Q&A with student leaders and other key campus stakeholders at 4pm CST  
  • 60-min virtual system-wide talk at 5pm CST 

Wednesday, February 23rd

Soul Food Dinner hosted by Black Student Union (Student Union Ballroom 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Come Join Black Student Union as we come together to celebrate Black History Month by having games, laughter, and taking home some soul food home. 


Thursday, February 24th

Dance in Black hosted by Siobhan (Online and TRAC MPR 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm)  

The purpose of Dance in Black is to highlight prominent and note-worthy Black figures that have trailblazed the avenue for Black dancers. The goal is to highlight various genres of dance each week (ballet, tap, jazz, liturgical) leading up to the in-person event where we will discuss the figures that have been highlighted while simultaneously practicing technique and choreography. 


Friday, February 25th

Feminist Friday: Black Maternal Health hosted by the Women's Center and Project Innocence Not Lost (Women's Center Lounge)

Gather in the Women's Center as we have an impactful conversation about raising awareness of problems rooted in the child welfare system and its effects on Black Children and families. 


Saturday, February 26th

Ebony Ball hosted by Black Student Union (Student Union Ballroom 7:00pm - 10 pm)

Join the BSU as we congratulate Black students at UIS who have impacted the campus. The night will consist of performances from our dances teams, song selections from several UIS singers, dancing, food, and so much more. 


Sunday, February 27th

Gospel Karaoke hosted by Voices in Praise Gospel Choir (Student Union Ballroom 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm) 

Join us as we have a spiritual day filled with prayer, gospel karaoke song selections, and praise dance performances. 


Monday, February 28th

Closing Ceremony hosted by Diversity Center (Diversity Center Lounge 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm)  

Join us as we look to end Black History Month. We will reflect on the month and look toward the future and continue to make the month both meaningful and fun for our campus community. 


Throughout the Month

Black History Resources hosted by Brookens Library 

A resource guide for black history resources and items from the collection available at Brookens Library. Enhance awareness of Brookens library resources and promote black history month. Also looking into the possibility of allowing community members to submit suggestions for the collection.