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Black History Month at Cal State LA

Black History Month 2022 Events Calendar

 

We invite the Cal State LA community to celebrate the spectacular lives, amazing accomplishments, and historic contributions of Black people in the United States. 

Calendar of Events

February 1 - 28 — MLK Creative Expression Contest

Submission timeline February 1 – 28, 2022.

The EPIC program invites all undergraduate students to submit their creative expression on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for a chance to win a $150 stipend. Five essays will be selected.

Prompt: Share your thoughts on the importance of service and why it makes a difference at Cal State LA. How does service further the goals and ethos of the civil rights movement?

Selected entrants can receive a $150 stipend for their participation. Entrants must be current Cal State LA undergraduate students enrolled in Spring Semester 2022. This contest is sponsored by the Center for Engagement, Service, and Public Good.

For details, vist MLK Creative Expression Contest.

 

February 3 — Reflections of Selma

A person standing at the front of a bus, speaking into a microphone.​ 

Reflections of Selma: A Review of the EOP Civil Rights Tour of Alabama
10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Zoom
Join: Reflections of Selma
Passcode: 113984

The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) is proud to welcome civil rights activist JoAnne Bland during this virtual reflection of an annual EOP student trip to Alabama, where students, staff and Pan African Studies faculty reviewed the events that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Act (1965) and the creation of programs such as EOP.

Ms. Bland was injured during Bloody Sunday. She was arrested a documented 13 times by the age of 11 and was the youngest person arrested in protests for civil rights during that era. She is co-founder and former director of the National Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama.

The annual civil rights tour of Alabama contributed to the academic, social, personal, and spiritual growth of many EOP students and staff who attended and continue to fight discrimination today.

 

February 4 — Black History Trivia Night

What’s Good? Black History Trivia Night
7 p.m. | Zoom
Join: Black History Trivia

Join Housing and Residence Life in a fun trivia night based on Black history. There will be prizes for the winners.

February 7 — Black Resilience Circle

Black Resilience Circle. Three people of dark skin tones facing in different directions.​ 

12 – 1:30 p.m | CAPS Virtual Office
Enter CAPS Virtual Office
Meeting ID: 872 0536 8278
Passcode:capsoffice

Connection is key to thriving! Enter the resilience circle spaces with Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Cross Cultural Centers in order to create community and joy! You'll learn more about yourself and ways to navigate our current times.

 

February 8 — Black Chat

Black Chat
3 p.m. | Virtual
Join: Black Chat
Zoom Meeting ID: 816 5996 4127
Password: Black Chat

Looking for spaces to be in community with Black students? Join us for Black Chat, a safe space for the Black student community, with students from Cal State LA, CSUN, CSUDH, SF State, and Cal Poly Pomona. We will create conversation topics based on your interests.

February 10 — Crew Love

Crew Love February 10 @ 2 p.m., Cal State LA University Student Union​ 

2 p.m.| Zoom
Register: Crew Love

Celebrate Black History Month with the Pan African Student Resource Center. Join us to connect and build community with students, staff, and faculty committed to Black empowerment at Cal State LA. Don’t miss out on a chance to get FREE swag!

February 16 — Multiple Events

What’s the Tea with Diversity?

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. | Zoom
Join: Tea with Diversity

Join Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and Housing and Residence Life in a healing circle to discuss diversity and inclusion at Cal State LA. This is intended to provide a healing and safe space for residents to destress and engage in community relations. Sponsored by Housing and Residence Life and CAPS.


A Self-Love Workshop with Dr. Daniel Walker

A person wearing dark-rimmed glasses and a suit, sitting on a bench outdoors.​ 

2:30 – 4 p.m. | CAPS Virtual Office
Enter CAPS Virtual Office
Meeting ID: 872 0536 8278
Passcode:capsoffice

Dr. Daniel Walker will provide students, faculty, and staff with historical information and present-day research to develop a counter-narrative around the idea of self-love. The research and content presented will aim to increase awareness of the importance of self-love and the role of implications of loving yourself in the Black community. Sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services and Dean of Students for Wellness and Engagement.


Black Excellence at Cal State LA
3 – 5 p.m. | Virtual Event
Register: Black Excellence

Join us for a conversation about the living and learning experiences of our Black Golden Eagles. This event will connect you with our Black students, alumni, distinguished faculty, and staff. Session topics will include campus support systems for Black students, student services departments, student involvement opportunities, tips for academic and professional success, and why Black students chose Cal State LA. Hosted by the Office of Admissions and Recruitment.

 

February 17 — Cultural Capital & Navigating Your Career Opportunities

12 – 1:30 p.m.
Register: Navigating Career Opportunities
Zoom ID:893 3478 6202
Passcode: Careers

Join us as we discuss your professional strengths and how they relate to your career opportunities. Encountering systemic issues while navigating institutional and professional worlds is a reality that many students have to maneuver. Hear from an employer and an alumni panel of their challenges and successes.

February 22 — Multiple Events

Cross Cultural Centers Open House
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | U-SU 2nd Floor

What are the Cross Cultural Centers? Come to our open house so you can find out! Learn about our resource centers, connect, and get FREE swag while supplies last!


Black Chat
3 p.m. | Virtual
Join: Black Chat
Zoom Meeting ID: 816 5996 4127
Password: Black Chat

Looking for spaces to be in community with Black students? Join us for Black Chat, a safe space for the Black student community, with students from Cal State LA, CSUN, CSUDH, SF State, and Cal Poly Pomona. We will create conversation topics based on your interests.


Film Screening: A Loc + A Twist
5 p.m. | Virtual
Register: A Loc + A Twist

Racism and policing of hair go hand in hand. Companies and educational institutions have policies that penalize people based on the natural growth of their hair. The presentation of this film is pushing an urgent conversation about race, racism, and unity. Directed by Tyler Griffin, an Oakland native, and documentary filmmaker. Sponsored by the Pan African Student Resource Center.

February 23 — CCC Open House

Cross Cultural Centers Open House
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. | U-SU 2nd Floor

What are the Cross Cultural Centers? Come to our open house so you can find out! Learn about our resource centers, connect, and get FREE swag while supplies last!

February 24 — EOP Live Art & Art Walk

A woman with a flower in her hair singing into a microphone.

10 a.m. – 3 p.m.| U-SU Plaza
Featuring artists Darrell Mitchell II, Derrick Dzine, and Enkone.

Throughout history, art has been used as an accessible tool for communication, raising awareness about social issues and affecting positive change. Join us as local artists create visual works of art that celebrate Black history and excellence at Cal State LA.

Painting Class

Cal State LA students are invited to sign up for a painting class with artist Darrell Mitchell II. Space is limited.

 Sign Up: Paint n' Sip

February 28 — An Interview with Crystal Jones

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3 – 4 p.m.
Join: Interview with Crystal Jones
Zoom Meeting ID: 857 7667 0969

Ms. Jones is a first-generation college graduate of CSU Dominguez Hills, and was recently featured in CSU’s 10 Members of the CSU’s Community Who Are Paving the Way for Social Justice.  In this interview, we will celebrate Ms. Jones' accomplishments and professional success, especially as a woman of color in STEM.  We will also discuss the challenges and obstacles she's had to face in her personal, educational, and professional life, highlighting her authenticity and bravery in the confrontation of these experiences.

Crystal has been with Medtronic for four years, one-and-a-half years as a contractor Project Manager in the Diabetes group leading the mobile development team responsible for the 1st generation of the Guardian Mobile iOS application. She returned after a two-year hiatus as a Sr Product Development Project Management Specialist in the Diabetes Sensors and Consumables PMO. In her time with the Sensors and Consumables PMO, she supported the next major CGM system release (Guardian 4) featuring the Zeus algorithm. She recently was promoted to a Quality Operational Excellence Program Manager role with the Global Operations Quality PMO. Crystal is based in Los Angeles County, California.

Before coming to Medtronic, she worked in the entertainment, finance & public safety industries for distinguished organizations that include: Rhino Records, Warner Music Group, MGM Studios, Disney, Deluxe Entertainment, Ventura County Fire, ADP, & Countrywide.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Behavioral Science/Public Administration from California State University, Dominguez Hills and has certifications in Accounting and Web Development. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband KJ and their “fur baby” Jasper. She is also the board president of an Arts & STEM focused non-profit organization called The Ashe Academy. She also enjoys singing, traveling and drag racing. 

Social Media Challenges

Participate in these social media challenges for a chance to a $100 gift card. Winners will be selected at random.

Challenge Rules

  • Post on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.
  • Use #CalStateLABHM.
  • Make your accounts public so we can see your posts.

A postage stamp of Carter G. Woodson Holding a book.

Feb. 1 – 12

Post about a person or event in Black history that is lesser known, but has had a significant cultural impact (i.e., Carter G. Woodson).

A black student in a cap and gown smiling.

Feb. 14 – 28

Join the Black History Month celebration with a post completing the following sentence – "I am Black excellence because..."