Calendar of Events for 2011 – 2012

The Diversity center has an array of events scheduled through the year. Click below for the list of events. Be sure to keep checking back as the list is updated weekly.

Womens Herstory

To view the video production of the UIS Unsung Herstory, please click on the link below.

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Black History Month Calendar of events for 2012

Black History Month 2012

THROUGH THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY – EVERY FRIDAY – MOVIE AFTERNOON – TIME TO CELEBRATE AND REFLECT. Showtime starts at 1pm. Come hang out in the Diversity Center, SLB 22 enjoy some popcorn and drinks.

Corey WalkerThurs. Feb. 2 – Corey D. B. Walker, Brookens Aud. 7pm, followed by Reception and book signing. Dr. Walker is author, “A Noble Fight: African American Freemasonry and the Struggle for Democracy in America”, A Noble Fight examines the metaphors and meaning behind the African American appropriation of the culture, ritual, and institution of freemasonry in navigating the contested domain of American democracy. Dr. Walker is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Africana Studies, Brown University.

Fri. Feb. 10 – Taste of the Motherland, 7 – 9pm, SLB Gym – Food, Dance, Stories, and Fellowship. Sponsored by African Student Association.

Sun. Feb. 12 – “The Heart of A Collegiate Man” Valentines day event. Noon-4pm- Diversity Center; Food, Games and Couples/Friendship Therapy. A nice event to attend prior to V-Day on the Illinois Springfield campus. Have a fun with your partner and allow them to show that CHIVALRY isn’t DEAD

Wed. Feb. 15

“Are We Colored Struck?”, 9:30pm, LRH Great Room. Its an event targeted toward breaking the barrier between light skinned and dark skinned. There are many stereotypes and prejudice when it comes to the thoughts of men and women. Open up and speak on it.

Dr. Isatou Touray, 7pm, Brookens Aud. The Controversies of Female Genital Mutilation, Dr. Touray is a women’s rights activist and the Executive Director and Senior Consultant for The Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children (GAMCOTRAP). Founded in 1984 GAMCOTRAP is the leading women’s rights NGO in the
Gambia working tirelessly in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and children. ECCE Speaker

Thurs. Feb.16 – 14th Annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair – 11:00am – 2:00pm,TRAC – sponsored by the Career Development Center. Representatives from approximately 100 area employers are expected to be on hand. Business-casual attire is required, and participants should bring copies of their resumes to the fair

Fri. Feb. 17 – 2nd Annual Know Your Heritage Bowl – 7 – 10 pm, Brookens Aud. Trivia event to test the aptitude of some of our students on campus about historical events and individuals in America. Sponsor: Black Male Collegiate Society

Sun. Feb. 19

Fernando Jones to Present History of the Blues, Illinois State Museum, 2 – 4pm, FREE, Fernando Jones, self taught musician, My Band.

Black History Month Showcase of Gospel Music, 5 – 7pm, Brookens Auditorium, Join as we take you through the history of gospel music! Special performance by Voices in Praise Gospel Choir.

Wed. Feb. 22 – National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day. This day was established to focus on the positive benefits of recreational sports. It represents the founding day of NIRSA. 1950, Dr. William Wasson organized twenty African-American men and women intramural directors from eleven historically Black Colleges

Thurs. Feb. 23

LGBTQ Tea, “Identities in the Harlem Renaissance – focus on Langston Hughes” 4 – 6pm SLB 22

Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum Grand Opening, 5 – 7:30pm – 521 East Washington St. Springfield. The museum will offer programs, including presentations on the Underground Railroad and the history of blacks in the Civil War

Fri. Feb. 24 – Thomas Armstrong – “Bridging the Generations: A Foot Soldier for Civil Rights” 7pm Born in Silver Creek, Mississippi, Armstrong was 14 in 1955 – the same year another African-American 14 year old, Emmett Till, was kidnapped, tortured, and killed in Mississippi for whistling at a white women. Three years later, as a student at Tougaloo College, Armstrong got involved with civil rights work. He organized black Missippians to register to vote, despite threats on his life. And in 1961 he and three other Tougaloo students took part in the Freedom Rides, a campaign to integrate interstate buses. Though they were arrested in a whites-only waiting room before they could even board their
Trailways bus to New Orleans, the so-called Tougaloo Four inspired dozens of others to make the dangerous trips. His book, “Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights”, ECCE speaker series. Program presented by Black Male Collegiate Society, Kinky and Curly and the Diversity Center.

Sat. Feb. 25

Faith Temple AME Church (901 South 23rd Street) Presents their Annual Black History
Month Breakfast,10 AM. Guest Speaker Dr. Clarice Ford. Donation: $10

One In a Million Presents their Annual Black History Month Ball. Northfield Inn (3280 Northfield Drive)
6:00-11:00 PM. Vendors open at 6 pm. Ticket price $25.00. Purchase tickets in advance by emailing Doris Williams at or you may get them at the door.

Black Male Collegiate Society – First Annual Black Male Conference, PAC, 10 – 6pm – Summit of students from around central illinois college. Guest Speaker: Christopher “Play” Martin, Brookens Aud. 4 – 5:30pm

Wed. Feb. 29 – 5th Annual Women’s Herstory – PAC Restaurant, 11:30 – 1pm. FREE luncheon but you must register at Meet some of UIS very own unsung heroines. Through their stories, learn about how their past, education, culture, environment and social issues has helped them achieve who they are today and the lives of

women throughout the world. Special Guest Speakers: Dr. Susan Koch, UIS Chancellor, Dr. Heather Dell, Associate Professor & Chair, Women and Gender Studies and Dr. Tiffani Saunders, Instructor, Department of Sociology/Anthropology.

Cram-a-thon, Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 12 and 13 from 9pm to 1am, Divesity Center Lounge


Autumns Child, Thursday, November 3, 2011, 9 – 10:30 pm, Brookens Auditorium

Autumns Child

Day of Dialogue with Carlos Ojeda, Thursday, September 15, 2011, 5 – 6:30 p.m, PAC Restaurant

Not In Our Town, Premier Viewing, Wednesday, September 14, 2011, 7 – 9pm, Brookens Auditorum

Open House, August 25, 2011

Calendar of Events for 2010 – 2011

Additional Programs Available at the Diversity Center:

The Diversity Center has many programs to assist students with social and academic needs to guarantee the success of all students at UIS. Click here for the information Provided:

For Further Information contact: 206-6333

Calendar of Events for 2010 – 2011