Please join us the Rutgers University – New Brunswick community and the Paul Robeson Cultural Center as we celebrate Black History Month with events that reflect the richness of the African diaspora and historical contributions of our trailblazers. If you have questions about events, please reach out to the PRCC via email prccrutgers@echo.rutgers.edu! Enjoy the event offerings below and we hope you’ll join us in community!

#IAMBlackExcellenceRU Social Media Contest

Celebrate Black History Month with photo shoots in front of various symbols, places and artifacts on campus that emphasize historical and contemporary contributions of African descendant people at the Rutgers University – New Brunswick campus. To participate, tag your photos on social media using #IAMBlackexcellenceRU during the month of February. You are encouraged to wear black fashions – from cultural prints and styles to Black pride apparel. The last day to submit is February 29, 2020.

TAG @PRCCRutgers & @Culturalcollaborative in your photos! Not just the caption, but in the actual photo to make sure we see your entry!

All student organizations who take pictures in front of all of the listed landmarks (with at least 4 members present in photos) will be entered for a chance to win $300 in Programming funds.

All individual students who take pictures in front of all of the listed landmarks will be entered for a chance to win a $50 knight express card.

As students exercise the freedom to be their authentic selves and seek to find and create space at Rutgers University, “Black for the Gram” will encourage students across the African diaspora to not only seek, but recognize that Rutgers University is increasingly invested in Black students finding spaces that speak to their culture, identity, and value. This recognition brings necessary attention to institutional initiatives that make our spaces more inclusive. As Scarlet Knights, part of being responsible means tackling challenging problems and this initiative gives Black students an additional opportunity to be a part of the progress of Rutgers. As physical spaces on and around campus become less monolithic and more representative of the many identities that call Rutgers home, all students should use this social tool to stretch and engage with the environment around them. As resilient as our students are and in many cases are required to be, we recognize that there is still work to be done in ensuring that Black students feel supported, represented, and protected. Join us in a campaign that matters. Join us in continuing the movement. Join us in “Black for the Gram”!

This is Student Affairs initiative led by the Cultural Collaborative in conjunction with Student Centers and Activities

  1. Will’s Way – The walkway from the Old Queens building to the Voorhees Mall, named for an enslaved man who laid the foundation of Old Queens in 1808;
  2. Sojourner Truth Apartments – A residential building named for the renowned abolitionist who, as a child, was owned by relatives of Rutgers’ first president
  3. Paul Robeson Plaza – Marks the centennial anniversary of Paul Robeson’s graduation from Rutgers College in 1919.
  4. James Dickson Carr Library – Named for Rutgers’ first African-American graduate.
  5. Paul Robeson Cultural Center – Established in 1969 as the Black House and renamed in 1972 in honor of Rutgers’ esteemed alumnus, Paul Robeson
  6. Take a picture with the Scarlet and Black, Volume 1: Slavery and Dispossession in Rutgers History book
  • By entering this contest, you give Rutgers University–New Brunswick permission to use your photos for promotional purposes.
  • By entering the contest, participants agree to the use of the submitted photographs and name to be used by PRCC and Student Center and Activities in electronic and print publications.
  • Participants give permission for any images taken during this process to be used indefinitely on Rutgers University–New Brunswick, PRCC’s and Student Center and Activities’ website, social media accounts, and in PRCC and Student Center and Activities marketing materials. Upon submission, participants indicate that they understand that images posted online may be viewed by anyone.

 

  • No purchase or payment necessary to win.
  • Prizes are subject to Federal tax law and may require completion of appropriate tax forms.
  • This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

BLACK HERITAGE MONTH OPENING CEREMONIES “Black Soul”

Sunday, January 26

Annual dinner formal to welcome in Black History Month with presentations and performances by various organizations in an effort to unite our community while honoring accomplishments of those from our past and present. This year’s theme is: Black Soul

  

Time/Location: 7PM-10PM Busch Campus Center, MPR

Host & Co-sponsors: Black Student Union, United Black Council, Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact: Maya Smith-bsurutgers@gmail.com

History of Rutgers NAACP Chapter

Monday, February 3

Time/Location: 8PM Livingston Student Center, Room 111

Host: NAACP, New Brunswick Area NAACP

Contact Person: Larry Traylor-llt41@rutgers.edu

Black History Month Social

Thursday, February 6

Time/Location7PM-9PM Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Host: Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact Person: Raheem Nugent-raheem.nugent@rutgers.edu

Black Love Week

Monday, February 10 – Thursday, February 13

  • Do All Minorities Think the Same? – Monday, February 10 @ 7:30PM at PRCC
  • Mental Health Workshop – Tuesday, February 11th @ 6PM, BSC 117
  • Black professionals Panel – Wednesday, February 12th @ 5PM, LSC Theatre
  • Supporting Black Owned Businesses – Thursday, February 13th @ 6PM, BSC 120A
  • Sober Game Night – Thursday, February 20th @ 7PM, PRCC
  • Mr. UBUNTU *Men’s Pageant – Sunday, February 23rd @ 7PM, Livingston MPR
    • Co-sponsoring: Twese, Douglass DIVAS, UBC, and SWV

Time/Location: Locations and times vary

Host:Minority Engineering Educational Task (MEET)

Contact Person: Je t’aime Thompson-meet.secretary@gmail.com

Love & Law: A Discussion on Black LGBTQ+ Issues and Racialized Laws About Marriage and Love in Law

Monday, February 10

Time/Location: 8:30PM Livingston Student Center, 202B

Host: NBLSA

Contact Person: Olivia Martinez-ru.nblsa@gmail.com, odm10@rutgers.edu

MASON GROSS AFRO CUBAN ENSEMBLE

Wednesday, February 12

Time/Location: 8PM-9PM Paul Robeson Cultural Center, MPR

Host: CLAC and PRCC

Contact Person:Carlos Fernandez (CLAC)-cafernan@echo.rutgers.edu

BMC Speed Dating

February, TBD

Time/Location: 8PM-9:30PM TBD

Host: TBD

Contact Person:Xavier Wabara-xavier.wabara@rutgers.edu

Honors College Diverse Alumni Mixer

Thursday, February 13

Time/Location: 7-8:30PM | Honors College-East Lounge (5 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)

Host:Alumni & Employer Engagement Board and Diversity Peer Educators

Ticket Info: RSVP required by January 28th, 2020.

Contact Person: Samantha Menard-slm359@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

For the Culture

Saturday, February 15

Time/Location: 9PM-1AM Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall

Host: WISO, TWESE, BSU, HARU

Contact Person: Kashea Richards-wisoru@gmail.com

History of Black Activism at Rutgers

Monday, February 17

Time/Location: 8PM Livingston Student Center, Room 111

Hosts: NAACP, Professor Bonadie & Professor Butler

Contact Person: Larry Traylor-llt41@rutgers.edu

Media Portrayal of Black Activism

Monday, February 17

Come join us in an engaging discussion of how Black Activism is portrayed in the Media. Panel discussion with food and reception to follow.

Time/Location: 4-5:30PM | Douglass Student Center, Trayes Hall

Host & Co-sponsor: The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) + PRCC

Cost: FREE

Contact Person: Charles Senteio-charles.senteio@rutgers.edu

Access Week: Student Access Forum, Pursuing an Educational Equity Mindset

Tuesday, February 18

A panel of national scholars and practitioners will speak on the affairs of first-generation, low-income, and historically underrepresented students and services to support this population. Attendees will learn best practices to help facilitate retention and increase timely degree completion.

Time/Location: 9AM-12PM College Avenue Student Center, MPR

Host & Co-sponsors: Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Cost: FREE

Contact Person: Sabrina Riddick-sabrina.riddick@eho.rutgers.edu

BLACK HISTORY EVERY DAY Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Tuesday, February 18

Come help write history! Make Wiki more equitable! More info here.

Time/Location: 2PM-5PM The Art Library, 71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ 

Host & Co-sponsors: The Art Library + Black Lunch Table + Department of Art & Design

Cost: FREE with RSVP

Contact Person: Heather Hart-hhart@mgsa.rutgers.edu

Access Week: James Dickson Carr Lecture Series

Thursday, February 20

The lecture series, named in honor of James Dickson Carr, who was the first African American graduate of Rutgers University, invites public intellectuals to visit campus to discuss pressing issues of diversity, access, and equity in a public lecture and open dialogue with the Rutgers community. The 2020 keynote lecturer is Khalil Muhammad, one of the most influential authorities on racial justice in America.

Time/Location: 6:30-8PM | Busch Student Center, MPR

Host & Co-sponsors: Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Cost: FREE

Contact Person: Sabrina Riddick-sabrina.riddick@echo.rutgers.edu

Access Week: Intercultural and LGBTQIA Student & Alumni Networking Mixer

Wednesday, February 19

Designed in mind with the unique value first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented students contribute to Rutgers, this event creates an opportunity for Scarlet Knights to engage with alumni who may also share similar social identities, or modest economic experiences, and/or cultural and/or ethnic backgrounds. Alumni will share their experiences, discuss career paths, and connect with students to support their success both on the banks and in their post-graduate life.

Time/Location: 6-7:30PM Rutgers Honors College

Host & Co-sponsors: Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Contact Person: Sabrina Riddick-sabrina.riddick@eho.rutgers.edu

Access Week: TRIO’s “Read to the Youth” Literacy Campaign

Friday, February 21

As a part of the National TRIO Day celebration, established in 1986 by Congress, Rutgers TRIO programs will read to students in local school districts to support literacy improvement.

Time/Location: 8AM-12PM

Host & Co-sponsors: Rutgers TRIO Programs – Upward Bound & Upward Bound Math-Science, Student Support Services, and Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement

Cost: FREE

Contact Person: Jackasha Wiley-jackasha@echo.rutgers.edu

Access Week: Student Success Conference

Friday, February 21

A day-long summit to increase the academic, social, and professional development of students on the Rutgers – New Brunswick campus. Topics will include academic success, graduate and career preparation, health and wellness, financial management, life skills, and more.

Time/Location: 10AM-3PM | Busch Student Center, MPR

Host & Co-sponsors: Division of Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement

Cost: FREE

Contact Person: Sabrina Riddick-sabrina.riddick@echo.rutgers.edu

Black History Buckets

Friday, February 21

Time/Location: 7PM-10PM Livingston Gym

Host: NAACP

Ticket Info: Teams of 5 will pay $5/each to play, students watching are free

Contact Person: Larry Traylor-llt41@rutgers.edu

2nd Annual The Blacker the Berry Art Show

Saturday, February 22

Time/Location: 7-10PM | Busch Student Center, MPR

Host: Collegiate 100 of Rutgers University

Ticket Info: $5 per ticket for students, $7 per ticket for non-students

Contact Person: Clare Choi-pbc93@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Proctor Power Lunch with Proctor Distinguished Lecture Series Speaker Michael Sorrell

Tuesday, February 25

Time/Location: 12-1:20PM Graduate School of Education, Room 124

Host:Center for Minority Serving Institutions & Samuel DeWitt Proctor Institute

Contact Person: Brandy Jones-Brandy.jones@gse.rutgers.edu & Fabiola Santos-fabiola.santos@gse.rutgers.edu

Brown Skin Girl

Date TBD

Time/Location: TBD

Host: Zeta Phi Beta

Contact Person: Olivia Martinez-gammakappa1920@gmail.comodm10@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Sisters with Values: Black Family Feud

Thursday, February 27

Time/Location: 8-11PM | Trayes Hall, Douglass Student Center

Host: Sisters With Values

Contact Person: Brianna Williams-swvrutgers@gmail.com, bjw163@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

B.L.A.C.K. Brothers’ and Sisters’ Circle Mentoring Program

Thursday, February 27

Time/Location: 7PM-9PM Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Host: Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact Person: Raheem Nugent-raheem.nugent@rutgers.edu

Challenge Day: Unpacking the Black Experience

Saturday, February 29

Time/Location: 1PM Livingston Gym

Host: Black Lives Matter Rutgers

Contact Person:Dominique Hazel-Criss/ Sydni Collins-blmrutgers@gmail.com