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The Black Heritage Celebration Planning Committee invites you to the second virtual Black Heritage Celebration (BHC)! The theme for this year's series of events, "Homecoming – Been Black", is a reaction to the extraordinary impact of the Covid 19 pandemic driven diaspora on the Black community. On March 14, 2020, we were "scattered" across the globe, pushed from the safety of our campus home, and left uncertain about when we would return. However, we are together again, back home at GW, with the realization that our identity and our community remained strong. In celebration, we are reuniting through one of the staple traditions in Black history and culture... a Homecoming. 

'BHC 2022' will help us turn to our past for the strength of family, relish the present, and look forward to our future growth and development as a community. We invite the entire GW community to share in this month of rediscovery. BHC 2022 will lay the foundation for cultural exploration and welcomes the GW community to experience the range, depth, and breadth of the Black identities reflected throughout our DC home. GW's Black student organizations, faculty, and staff developed this grand celebration. 


Special Thanks to:

Black Heritage Celebration Planning Committee, Black Student Union, Black Alumni Association, Muslim Student Association, Ubuntu, Black Women's Forum, GW Association of Black Journalists, the Black Girl Pre-Health Collective, the Black Girl Mentorship Program, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc, Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc, Hairapeutic Beauty, Young Black Professionals in Intl Affairs (YBPIA), Black Law Student Association, Student Bar Association, Student Health Law Association, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc, ALIANZA, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, DREAMS, the Multicultural Student Services Center, and the entire Black community at GW.

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Been a Changemaker: A Fireside Chat with Dionna Dorsey

Tuesday, February 1st
7:00 PM EST

Join us on Tuesday, February 1st at 7:00 PM EST for a chat with Dionna Dorsey, a designer, creative entrepreneur, and the founder of District of Clothing.

Pre-registration for the event is available here.

Speaker Bio:

Dionna’s love for design began as a young child with a coloring book and has since grown into an entrepreneurial passion. She uses culture, empathy, simplicity, and inspiring design to support clients in their brand development. Her compassionate nature allows her to empathize with her clients–as well as their audiences–and the result has been her unique ability to create, develop, and nurture ‘the’ message to best align purpose and passion for brands.

She's also the founder of DISTRICT of CLOTHING, a lifestyle brand encouraging progression, inspiring action and supporting self-love. With apparel and accessory items for the sideline rejectors who awake with passion for progress and desire to make their dreams reality, District of Clothing is worn by the change makers making change happen. We triumphantly embrace the activist, creative, entrepreneurial, and community dreamer, doer and changemaker spirit blossoming throughout our nation, and we purposefully intend to help spread this message across as many districts as possible.

Dionna attended Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania and Istituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy, and currently resides in Washington, DC.

Sponsoring Org: Black Heritage Celebration Planning Committee


Been a Changemaker: A Fireside Chat with Dionna Dorsey

7:00 PM EST

See "Keynote Speaker: Dionna Dorsey" above for further information.


Welcome Home: GWBAA BHC Kickoff

5:30 PM EST

Join us for a virtual kick-off celebration paying homage to past GW Black Heritage Celebrations, with a special welcome from President Wrighton and reflection from GW Alumni.

Please register in advance here.

Sponsoring Org: GW Black Alumni Association


Beauty’s Been Black

District B118
6:30 PM EST

Join us for Beauty’s Been Black, where we will host a workshop to highlight and promote the beauty of our blackness.

Sponsoring Org: ALIANZA


Homecoming: Black Women's Self Care Day

MSSC 201
7:00 PM EST

Join us for our Black Women’s Self Care Day, as we play a game of Black History Kahoot, listen to music, enjoy snacks, and so much more.

Sponsoring Org: Black Defiance


Been Black, Been Muslim: A Complicated Identity

USC Rm 311
7:30 PM EST

Join us for an interactive discussion on the Black and Muslim Identity.

Sponsoring Org: GW Muslim Student Association


DMV College Mixer

USC Rm 311
7:00 PM EST

Join us, the Black Student Union's of GW, AU, CAU, and GT, for a virtual night of fun games, bonding and fellowship.

Sponsoring Org: Black Student Union


New Student KickBack

7:00 PM EST

Join us for a fun night filled with food and music, to mix and mingle with current Black Heritage Celebration committee members, and learn more about it’s legacy here at GW.


Homecoming: We Love HBCUs

7:00 PM EST

Join the ladies of the Mu Delta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., in learning about the impact of Historically Black Colleges and Universities through Beyonce’s Netflix documentary ‘Homecoming’.

Sponsoring Org: Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Delta Chapter


Been Unapologetic

District B205
7:00 PM EST

Join us for Been Unapologetic, an event where we will highlight young Black artists and celebrate blackness through all mediums of art, featuring poets, singers, dancers, and a variety of art pieces.

Sponsoring Org: Ubuntu


Been Together

USC 307
7:00 PM EST

Join us for an evening of fun with our take on speed dating, and come ready for some good conversation and a good time.

Sponsoring Org: Black Women's Forum


Keynote Pt. II: Karen Attiah

Dorothy Betts Auditorium
7:00 PM EST

Join us for a riveting Keynote Address from The Washington Post columnist, and contributor to the Our Body Politic podcast, Karen Attiah.


Soul Revue

Jack Morton Auditorium
7:00 PM EST

Join us for a night of talent, as we feature prominent Black businesses and the abundance of creative outlets found on our campus by GW students.


A Day of Service

Kogan Plaza

Join us for a day of service, giving back to the larger DC community.


Been Here: The Black Contribution to Medicine

USC 407
8:00 PM EST

Join us as we acknowledge Black individuals who were unlawfully used in medical experiments, while also celebrating the Black minds who researched and developed many aspects of modern medicine.

Sponsoring Org: Black Girl Pre-Health


Blu & White Family Feud: Homecoming

Funger 103
7:15 PM EST

Join us, grab a friend, form a team, and get ready to play some fun rounds of Family Feud.

Sponsoring Org: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Xi Sigma Chapter & Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Alpha Phi Chapter


The Honorable Marcia L. Fudge: Fighting for Fair Housing

Jack Morton Auditorium
6:00 - 7:30 PM EST

A facilitated conversation about racial disparities in housing and urban development.

Please register in advance here.

Sponsoring Org: Mu Beta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Black Hair BEEN Poppin'!

MSSC 209
6:30 PM EST

Join us in hearing from talented students perform poetry & learn about the evolution and history of black hair!

Sponsoring Org: Hairapeautic Beauty


Coming Home: Stories of a Black Woman-Prenuer

7:00 PM EST

Join us for a conversation with Nana Agyemang, discussing her dedication to empowering Black and Brown voices in media and how to find a home, inside and outside of GW.

Sponsoring Org: GW Association of Black Journalists


BSU: Solidarity Conference

USC - Grand Ballroom
2:00 PM EST

Join us for our student lead Solidarity conference, centered around social activism, black knowledge, and taboo topics of the Black Community.

Been Black: Hall of Black Women in the Arts and Academia

6:30 PM EST

Join us, The Black Girl Mentorship Program, as we take a walk through history, interacting with those who opened the doors and the ones who came after, via a museum, featuring live performances from Black women in the GW community.

Sponsoring Org: Black Girl Mentorship Program


The Homecoming | Finale

Culture House
10:00 PM EST

Join us, as we end off the month of BHC with a night of fun, dancing, and the crowning of our first ever Mr. & Mrs. BHC.


Been Black: Collectivism & Liberation

Elliot City View Room
7:00 PM EST

Join us as we introduce students to panelists and speakers who are well versed in the importance of Black collectivism as well as the history and role that International Law has played in co-opting Black liberation movements— ultimately working to delegitimize the work of Black people globally.

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