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Join the Black Heritage Celebration (BHC) Committee for the first virtual BHC exploring and helping everyone define their own blackness. The theme for this year's Black Heritage Celebration 2021 is: "Black Is ______." This theme focuses on the variety of personalities, careers, identities, cultures, and more that are part of the diverse Black community both at GW and abroad. Each event held this month is brought to you by multiple organizations that have come together to share their take on the diversity of blackness. Allowing each participating organization to fill in the blank with a phrase that allows for another facet of blackness to be shared. With a month-long series of events produced by students, staff, and faculty, BHC 2021 will acknowledge and celebrate the values, history, and traditions of the many who identify with being Black. We welcome everyone in the GW community to join us as we highlight the contributions of the broader Black GW community while we reflect on our past, reaffirm our present, and rejoice in our future.

 

Sponsoring Organizations: Black Heritage Celebration CommitteeAfrican Students Association, ALIANZA, Mu Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Nu Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., GW Association of Black JournalistsBlack Girl Mentorship Program, Black Graduate Student Association, GW Black Law Student Association (BLSA)GW Black Pre-Law Association, GW Black Student Union, Catholic University Black Student Alliance, Mu Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.GW DREAMS, Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association (EESA), Georgetown Black Student Alliance, Howard University Players,  Multicultural Business Student Association, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Queer and Trans People of Color Association (QTPOCA), Sports Business Association, Students Against Imperialism, GWU UBUNTU, Young Black Professionals in International Affairs (YBPIA), and Xi Sigma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

For any events which do not have event hyperlinks provided on this page, please visit the sponsoring organization's social media (provided above) for further information.

Special Thanks to our Academic and Administrative Partners:
GW Department of Sociology, GW Development and Alumni Relations, GW Law School, GW Athletics Department, the Graduate School of Education and Human Development, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, GW School of Nursing, GW Campus Store, Dean of Student Affairs/Student Life, the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement, the Honey W Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service, and the Multicultural Student Services Center.

 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 1

Black is NOT a Monolith

Virtual
6:30 - 8:00 PM EST

Discussion style event that allows students, faculty, and staff to discuss the stereotypes of the Black community, how there are various ways to show blackness and how it can be conveyed to greater communities that there is no exact definition of what being black is.

Sponsoring Org: BHC Committee

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

Black is Womanist

Virtual
7:30pm EST

We hope to hold an event to highlight how Black women are the backbone of so many social progressive movements. From the civil rights movement to the 2020 election, Black women of all different backgrounds have consistently worked to make a better. We would like to include women like Shirley Chisholm, Marsha P. Johnson, Carol Mosley Braun and Stacey Abrams in this discussion. This will be followed by an open forum about how Black women can continue their fight for equality, and be supported by our allies. We also hope to have a speaker who is a Black Female activist in DC to help guide this discussion.

Sponsoring Org: Black Girl Mentorship Program

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Black is More Than a Player

Virtual
7:00pm EST

Description: Understanding the Sports Industry jobs for Black people beyond athletes. This event will serve to inform students of more roles within sports that are not seen throughout the media as heavily.

Please register here.

Sponsoring Org: Sports Business Association

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11

Open Mic: Black is What I Say It Is

Virtual
7:00pm EST

An open mic event where people in the community have a chance to participate in storytelling through experiences participants wish to share. Hosted on Instagram live @alianzaatgwu

 

Sponsoring Org: ALIANZA

 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Black is Global: The Global Struggle for Black Liberation

Virtual
7:00pm EST

This event will be focused on black liberation globally and the impacts of African American revolutionaries domestically and abroad. We ultimately hope to highlight the common grounds of black liberation and reflect on how black liberation is very much intertwined with pan-Africanism. We plan to discuss the actions of groups such as the Black Panthers, the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, the Pan-African congress; and the contributions of activists/leaders like Kwame Ture, Maurice Bishop, Henry Sylvester Williams, W.E.B DuBois, and more!

Plese register here.

 

Sponsoring Org: African Students Association, Students Against Imperialism, Ethiopian-Eritrean Student Association

 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13

Black is Power: Service in the Black Community

Virtual
12:00pm EST

A day conference discussing the various ways that we can further serve the Black community - whether it'd be protesting, organizing, mentoring, advocating, etc. This event intends to invite several DC non-profit leaders and other nationwide advocates to push forward ideas and inspire students to claim and recognize their individual and collective power.

Sponsoring Org: GW DREAMS

 SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14

Black is Love

Virtual (passcode: 0608)
7:08pm EST

Our annual black love event with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. discussing black relationships, cuffing season, and college relationships from all perspectives.

Sponsoring Org: Mu Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Nu Beta Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 15

Black is Innovation

Virtual
7:00pm EST

Black is Innovation, is an interactive panel discussion designed to highlight four distinguished Black professionals operating in the technology industry. Black people have always been essential to the story of technological innovation in America and the world, and 2021 is no exception. This panel is aimed at exposing students to seasoned leaders across multinational firms who are at the forefront of the modern technological revolution, which has seen Information Technology and Enterprise Software emerge as dominant business forces in the digitizing world. The panel will highlight the diverse career pathways of these professionals and the importance of continued Black leadership and ownership in the technology space.

Please register here.

Sponsoring Org: Multicultural Business Student Association

 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Alumni Speakers Series: "Envisioning Change"

Virtual
4:30pm EST

Join your fellow WGSS community to hear about the career paths our MA alumni have taken. This year, we are excited to present WGSS alumni Denise Forte, Chitra Panjabi, and Priya Purandare. For more information about this event, visit our website.

Please register here.

Sponsoring Org: Young Black Professionals in International Affairs (YBPIA)

The Intersection of Race in International Affairs Theory & Foreign Policy

Virtual
6:00pm EST

The three core international affairs theories: realism, liberalism, and conservatism, serve as dominant frameworks that have shaped our understanding and knowledge of foreign policy. However, such theoretical models are rooted in racial biases that create binaries of “underdeveloped” and “developed” or “modern” and “primitive,” used to justify imperialism and perpetuate a diplomacy that not only centers, but epitomizes the West despite the fact that the world order, institutions, and political systems that govern the international community were created with racist precepts. Such systems serve for the basis for United States foreign policy and perpetuates a state of world affairs that is blind to racism. The purpose of this event is to examine the intersection of the founding principles of international relations and how they inform our knowledge of policy, cooperation, development, and power.

Please register here.

Sponsoring Org: Young Black Professionals in International Affairs (YBPIA)

Black is the Rainbow

Virtual
7:00pm EST

A trivia game night highlighting the contributions of BLACK LGBTQIA+ individuals and groups. Queer and Trans Black people are quite literally the backbone of Black culture, slang, and history. From activism to pop culture, queer and trans Black people deserve to be celebrated.

Sponsoring Org: Queer and Trans People of Color Association (QTPOCA)

 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Black is the Intersection of Athletes & Activism: Raising Our Voices Against Injustice

Virtual
2:00pm EST

Join us Friday, Feb 19th, 2 pm EST to discuss the intersection of sports and activism throughout Black History. Black athletes continuously have used their platforms to speak out against injustices. During this discussion, we will talk about how athletes can continue to take action on and off the playing field. The panel will include student-athlete Maya White, Secretary of the GW Black Student-Athlete Alliance, NFL Veteran & Super Bowl Champion Marvin Washington, and Dr. Hervé Damas, MD MBA President of Grassroots Medicine and former Linebacker for the Buffalo Bills. Our panelists will discuss how they have used their platforms to initiate positive change in their communities. Looking forward to you joining us all!

Please register here.

Sponsoring Org: Black Pre-Law Students Association

Black is the Future

Virtual
3:00pm EST

Featured Speakers Include GW Alumni: Sacred Huff of Kalijarvi, Chuzi, Newman & Fitch, P.C., Ed Johnson of IBM, and Shawna Thomas of This Morning CBS.

We are expecting to have a great conversation and we would really love to see everyone's faces. Enclosed is the link to register for the event. We would like to have a conversation about different spaces we've seen Black people in various power roles. There have been a lot of "firsts in our community, these GW alums would like to talk about what their experiences were like for them and where they see themselves in the future.

Please register here.

Sponsoring Org: Black Graduate Student Association

Being on the Frontlines of History with Yamiche Alcindor

Virtual
7:30pm EST

After this historic presidential administration and tumultuous election, what can be learned? Join us for a conversation with White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor from PBS NewsHour as we discuss her time covering the White House, her journey as a reporter, and the future of political journalism.

Sponsoring Org: GW Association of Black Journalists, GW Black Law Student Association, GW Black Pre-Law Association

 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20

Black is Democracy

Virtual
12:00pm EST

Following the recent events surrounding unprecedented racial strife of the past year, join The Petey Greene Program and The Undergraduate Chapter of the Black Law Student Association, as we delve into the question that has been on people’s minds: Is this what America is? Featuring Dr. Khalil Muhammad—professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School—we will be discussing the role of race in the creation of American democracy. Topics to be discussed include property rights, policing, incarceration, public policy, and more. This event is to be moderated by Dr. Carlos Bustamante—professor in our very own George Washington University Sociology Department.

Please register at this hyperlink.

Co-Sponsors: GW Black Law Student Association Pre-Law Chapter, The Black Senators Caucus, and The Petey Greene Program.

Black is Political Power

Virtual
7:00pm EST

We are excited to announce Black is Political Power, a discussion with Rev. Al Sharpton. Modeled after the 1972 National Black Political Convention: “Black Politics at the Crossroads,” We are creating a space dedicated to a conversation around the Black political agenda during a time of unrivaled turmoil. The organizers of this event believe that although we are facing grave challenges, our country is on the precipice of change—on the cusp of a multi-racial democracy. As student leaders at The George Washington University, we are dedicated to reclaiming and redeeming the history of The George Washington University and set our ideas on the right path of history— through an anti-imperialist, anti-colonial, and anti-racist lens. We believe that when our country hits her lowest points, she is capable of the most remarkable change. Within our communities, we can only accomplish change through grassroots organizing and lawmaking with the Black political agenda at the forefront.

Register at this hyperlink.

Co-Sponsors: GW Black Law Student Association Pre-Law Chapter, The Black Senators Caucus, and The Petey Greene Program

 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 22

Black Is In Our Backyard: Addressing Income Inequality

Virtual
12:30pm EST

In Our Backyard reframes the PIMBY (Please in My Backyard Yard) question by offering new theories of prison building using data on all US Census Places to investigate the mechanisms causing prison building along with the multiple/conflicting ways prisons impact the political economy of towns, counties, and states. By expanding the scope and scale of prison building, this book investigates one of the most pressing social problems of our times—prison proliferation— the widespread expansion of prisons by linking the legacy of slavery and racial violence of Jim Crow to the modern political economy of underdevelopment in the rural South. While the power of past systems of racial domination and violence are salient, they do not alone explain why the US tripled prison facilities. Instead, “In Our Backyard; will demonstrate how the rise of the rural ghetto—poverty, residential segregation, and stigma, born out of the historical legacy of racial violence, is the modern incarnation of racial oppression in the rural South—and provides a powerful impetus for prison building across the US.

Please register here.

Co-Sponsors: GW School of Nursing

GWAA Focus Group: Commemorating Black GW History #1

Virtual
6:00pm EST

The GWAA is hosting two focus groups to gather feedback on the GW Black alumni experience. Join fellow alumni to share your significant GW moments, points of pride, and thoughts on the GWAA's work to celebrate the diversity of our community. This focus group is also an opportunity to learn about the Leah Brock McCartney Project, which aims to honor the first Black woman alum at GW. These focus groups are a part of the GWAA's work to receive feedback and insights on ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives within the GWAA.

Please register at this hyperlink.

Co-Sponsors: GW Alumni Association

Black is Poetic

Virtual
7:00pm EST

D.C college-wide poetry night exclusively for black students via zoom. The event would consist of live and recorded performances of poems written by the students themselves or works of other black poets that fall under the theme of celebrating blackness.

Register to perform through this form. Event will be held on Instagram live

Co-Sponsors: GW UBUNTU, Georgetown Black Student Alliance, Catholic University Black Student Alliance, and Howard University Players

 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

WGSS Brown Bag Seminar: Honoring Black History Month, American Radical: The Art and Activism of Lorraine Hansberry

Virtual
12:30pm EST

Join the WGSS community on Tuesday, February 23rd from 12:30-1:30PM EST, as we honor Black History Month with a lecture on "American Radical: The Art and Activism of Lorraine Hansberry" by Dr. Erin Chapman (Associate Professor of History). Dr. Chapman is drafting a biography of Lorraine Hansberry under contract with Oxford University Press. She is a 2009 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and a 2019 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. Additionally, she is a scholar of race and gender in the 20th-century U.S.

Please register here.

Black is Intellectual

Virtual
7:00pm EST

This event is a symposium celebrating the work and achievement of black intellectuals. There will be a moderated panel discussion with highly accomplished guests followed by a Q&A session and networking time. The purpose of the event is to showcase the achievements of black intellectuals, motivate students, and provide a unique networking opportunity.

Please register here.

Sponsoring Org: National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

 WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

Career Conversations with GWBAA

Virtual
6:00pm EST

Join the GW Black Alumni Association for “Career Conversations with GWBAA”, a virtual dialogue to foster open communication around minorities and career success, especially during the pandemic. Connect with panelists, Candice Hunter, PhD, CCAS BA '98 and Greg Etienne, CCAS BA '14, SPH MPH '20 as they share their career stories and expound on their efforts to connect employers and job seekers.

An open Q and A session will take place immediately after the panel discussion.

Please register ahead of time through GW Calendar.

 FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26

Black is Restorative: Black is giving back to the community

Martha's Table
9:00am - 12:00pm EST, 1:00pm - 4:15pm EST

Black students will visit Martha’s Table and bag groceries in Southeast DC.

How to Register to Volunteer:

  1. Visit Martha Tables’ Website
  2. Create your account
  3. When prompted to add a Join Code use: blackis
  4. Follow this link to view events
  5. Read description and sign up for the morning or afternoon “Joyful Bagging Shift”

Sponsoring Org: GW Black Student Union’s Community Service Committee and BHC Community Service

Black is Being A Changemaker: In Conversation with Nicole Cardoza

Virtual
2:00pm EST

The Black Heritage Celebration Committee 2021 and GWUpstart of Honey W Nashman Center invites you to be inspired as we are "In Conversation with Nicole Cardoza". We are moving out of the traditional keynote format and hosting a conversation with Nicole Cardoza(she/her) who reclaims her right to be well. Nicole Cardoza is an award-winning serial social entrepreneur, investor, author, and public speaker making wellness accessible for everyone. She has been recognized as one of the most influential changemakers in wellness by Forbes, Well + Good, and Wanderlust; and routinely speaks on social impact, equity, and health at foundations such as the Aspen Institute, universities such as Harvard, and Fortune 500 companies including Nike and Lululemon. Nicole Cardoza is also the founder of Anti Racist Daily, Yoga Daily, and Reclamation Ventures.

Please register here.

Black is Painting a Sisterhood

Virtual
6:20pm EST

Calling all NPHC sororities & friends to join us for an evening of sisterly love, fun and painting. Each sorority has their own unique painting that they can represent with as well as we have a non-sorority picture option. We will guide you on your masterpiece. All supplies included. Register via Eventbrite so that materials can be sent.

Must register by Feb 10th

Sponsoring Org: Xi Sigma Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

 SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27

Soul Revue

Virtual
TBA

Celebrate some of GWs best talent as we showcase performances inspired by black culture!

 MONDAY, MARCH 1

GWAA Focus Group: Commemorating Black GW History #2

Virtual
6:00pm EST

The GWAA is hosting two focus groups to gather feedback on the GW Black alumni experience. Join fellow alumni to share your significant GW moments, points of pride, and thoughts on the GWAA's work to celebrate the diversity of our community. This focus group is also an opportunity to learn about the Leah Brock McCartney Project, which aims to honor the first Black woman alum at GW. These focus groups are a part of the GWAA's work to receive feedback and insights on ongoing diversity and inclusion initiatives within the GWAA.

Please register at this hyperlink.

Co-Sponsors: GW Alumni Association

 FRIDAY, MARCH 5

Black is Professional: BSU Panel and Networking Event (Session 1)

Virtual
5:00 - 6:15pm EST

The George Washington University's Black Student Union is excited to present session one of our alumni networking event for the Black Heritage Celebration. The schools represented are the Columbian College of Arts & Science and Milken Institute School of Public Health. The panelists’ bios and pictures can be found on the Eventbrite page provided

You must register at this hyperlink in order to attend.

 SATURDAY, MARCH 6

Black is Professional: BSU Panel and Networking Event (Session 2)

Virtual
12:00 - 1:15pm EST

The George Washington University's Black Student Union is excited to present session two of our alumni networking event for the Black Heritage Celebration. The schools represented are the School of Media and Public Affairs, Business School, Elliot School of International Affairs, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science. The panelists’ bios and pictures can be found on the Eventbrite page provided

You must register at this hyperlink in order to attend.