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!

BLACK HERITAGE MONTH OPENING CEREMONIES

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 Entertainment

 

Time/Location: 7:00pm-10:00pm, Busch Campus Center MPR

Host & Co-sponsors: Black Student Union

Contact: Black Student Union E-Board, rubsu@gmail.com

From Robeson to King Featuring Opal Tometi

The Robeson 100 kick-off celebration with a keynote address featuring Opal Tometi, Social Activist and Co-creator of the viral twitter hashtag and movement #BlackLivesMatter

Time/Location: Busch Student Center, MPR 7:30pm

Host & Co-sponsors: The Cultural Center Collaborative

Contact person: David Jones, David.Jones@echo.rutgers.edu & Zanta Rago-Craft, zr42@echo.rutgers.edu

I’m Not Black, I’m Caribbean

A conversation about identities within the Caribbean community.

Time/Location: Center for Latino Arts & Culture, 8:45pm

Host: West Indian Student Organization (WISO)

Contact Person: Shanice Johnson, wisoru@gmail.com

Celebrating Black History Month and Paul Robeson at the Rutgers vs. Michigan Basketball Game

During halftime and throughout the game, we will honor and celebrate black history with various special acknowledgements of one of the most notable black global activist, scholar and athlete, Rutgers alum, Paul Robeson.

Time/Location: Rutgers Athletics Center (RAC), 8pm

Host: Rutgers Athletics, Rutgers Student Affairs, The Robeson 100 Committee & Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact Person: Tiana Ford, tmf114@echo.rutgers.edu

HUGS Leadership Development Program

Come learn how to secure your dream job or internship with employers who have targeted diversity initiatives.

Time/Location: Rutgers Athletic Center (RAC), 4-6pm

Host: Student Access & Educational Equity

Contact Person: Sabrina Riddick, Sabrina.Riddick@echo.rutgers.edu

Black Hair in the Diaspora

An exploration of the different hairstyles present throughout Africa & the diaspora plus how this shapes/is apart of culture (ex: Fulani braids, etc.).

Time/Location: Frelinghuysen Hall Room A4 , 8:30pm-9:30pm

Host: RU Curly

Contact Person: RU Curly, rucurlynb@gmail.com

Black to the Future

Provide a fun space for black students, faculty and staff to engage with one another during Black History Month. Food, music and games will be provided.

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 7-9pm

Host: Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact Person: Raheem Nugent, Raheem.Nugent@rutgers.edu

Empowering African American Women: The Power We Have

Time/Location: Livingston Student Center RM 202AB, 9-10pm

Host: Sisters With Values (SWV)

Contact Person: Sisters With Values, swvrutgers@gmail.com

The Power of You: Men of Color Networking Luncheon

Connect with faculty, staff, and alumni men of color while enhancing your professional portfolio.

Time/Location: The Rutgers Club, 12pm-2pm

Host: Student Access & Educational Equity

Contact Person: Sabrina Riddick, Sabrina.Riddick@echo.rutgers.edu

Black Faculty/Staff Networking Reception

Space for Rutgers Black Faculty and Staff to network. Refreshments will be provided.

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 5pm-7pm

Host: Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact Person: Keywuan Caulk, Keywuan.Caulk@rutgers.edu

Caribbean Mixer

Time/Location: Center for Latino Arts & Culture, 8:45pm

Host: Center for Latino Arts & Culture

Contact Person: Shanice Johnson, wisoru@gmail.com

Careers in Activism

Panelist who are activists share about their careers and involvement in activism.

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 8:30pm

Host: Black Student Union and Black Lives Matter

Contact Person: Black Student Union, bsurutgers@gmail.com

Knight of Comedy

Event Postponed to April. Visit Instagram @BMCRutgers for updates on the new date.

Time/Location: Event Postponed to April. Visit Instagram @BMCRutgers for updates on the new date.

Host: Black Men’s Collective

Contact Person: Black Men’s Collective, rublackmenscollective@gmail.com

Asian American Solidarity During the Civil Rights Movement

Discuss social justice issues that the Black community has faced leading up to the Civil Rights Movement and how Asian Americans have shown solidarity and allyship. Learn about the legacy of activists such as Grace Lee Boggs and Yuri Kochiyama.

Time/Location: Asian American Cultural Center, 8-9:30pm

Host: Asian American Cultural Center and Asian Student Council

Contact Person: Kristine Bacani, khb43@echo.rutgers.edu

Painting Lover’s Rock Reggae

Time/Location: Center for Latino Arts & Culture, 8:45pm

Host: West Indian Student Organization (WISO)

Contact Person: Shanice Johnson, wiso@echo.rutgers.edu

Access Week: RU-1st Forum

A panel of national experts will speak on the affairs of first-generation students and programs that support this population. Attendees will learn about best practices to help facilitate retention and four-year graduation rates of students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or underrepresented.

Time/Location: College Avenue Student Center, MPR, 9am-12pm

Host: Student Access & Educational Equity

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

Maybe I Missed Out? (HBCU vs PWI)

Discussion on do students that go to PWI now feel like they missed out from going to HBCU colleges? Getting an insight of how black students feel about HBCUs and PWIs and if they were to make the decision over, would they select a HBCU or PWI?

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 8:30pm

Host: Black student Union & Cosponsors: All black student organizations and Sororities and Fraternities

Contact Person: Black Student Union, bsurutgers@gmail.com

Access Week: James Dickson Carr Lecture Series Featuring Laura Coates

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.

Time/Location: Busch Student Center, MPR, 6:30pm-9pm

Host: Student Access & Educational Equity

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

Whitewashing & Queer People of Color in LGBTQ+ History

Time/Location: Cook Student Center, 8pm-10pm

Host: Queer Student Alliance Club & Co-sponsors – The Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities, Paul Robeson Cultural Center & Asian American Cultural Center

Contact Person: Queer Student Alliance Club, qsa.rutgers@gmail.com

Access Week: Graduate School Preparation Summit

Interested in graduate school and not sure where to start? Join us to learn more about the graduate school application process. Dr. James H. Whitney III will host an interactive workshop to share tips and strategies on how to master the application process. Attendees will have the opportunity to win FREE GRE preparation materials and more!

Time/Location: Livingston Student Center, Gathering Lounge, 6-8pm

Host: Student Access & Educational Equity

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

RUPA & Wanawake Present: Global Sounds-Taste of Africa

Time/Location: College Avenue Student Center, MPR, 8pm

Host: RUPA & Wanawake

Contact Person: RUPA, rupainformation@gmail.com & Wanawake, ruwanawake2008@gmail.com

Access Week: Read to the Youth Literacy Campaign

As a part of the National TRIO Day celebration, established in 1986 by Congress, Rutgers TRIO programs will read to students in the local Plainfield & Piscataway Public School Districts to support literacy improvement. Children book donations (in “good” condition) will be accepted until Friday, February 15, 2019. Please deliver donations to Lucy Stone Hall, 3rd Floor, Room A315.

Time/Location: Plainfield & Piscataway Public Schools, 6:30am-12pm

Host: Student Access & Educational Equit

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

WisoOlympics

This event has been postponed.

Postponed

Lincoln University, Somerville and the Making of Paul Robeson

The featured panelists will be Dr. Leonard Bethel (Professor Emeritus, Africana Studies Rutgers University) and Dr. Randall O. Westbrook (Faculty, at the School of Education at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Adjunct Faculty member of Africana Studies, Rutgers)

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 5-6:30pm

Host: Africana Studies

Contact Person: Dr. Ramsamy, ramsamy@rci.rutgers.edu

Black Rutgers Community Forum

Time/Location: Academic Building, Room 2400, 7-9pm

Host: United Black Council

Contact Person: Camile Taylor, ubcrutgers@gmail.com

Caribbean Revolutionaries

Time/Location: Center for Latino Arts & Culture, 8:45pm

Host: West Indian Student Organization (WISO)

Contact Person: Shanice Johnson, wisoru@gmail.com

Misogyny in Black Culture

Discussion on the prejudice against women. How black women are mistreated and still not given the equal rights that they deserve.

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 8:30pm

Host: Black Student Union Cosponsors: Douglass Divas, Sisters of Values, one Sorority

Contact Person: BSU,bsurutgers@gmail.com

100 Years of Black Beauty

An in-depth discussion on the history of Black beauty (body types, makeup, hair, etc.) and the appropriation of it throughout time.

Time/Location: Douglass Student Center at Meeting Room A, 8:30pm

Host: Douglass Black Students’ Congress

Contact Person: Chyanne Rhodes, douglassblackstudentscongress@gmail.com

RUPA Presents: Steel Pan Workshop

Time/Location: College Avenue Student Center, MPR 8pm

Host: RUPA

Contact Person: RUPA, rupainformation@gmail.com

Black & Abroad

A panel discussion with students and professionals who will share their vacation, work and/or study abroad stories, opportunities, tips and tricks for traveling outside of the U.S. while black

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 7:30-9pm

Host: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, TWESE & Haitian Association at Rutgers

Contact Person: Tiana Ford, Tmf114@echo.rutgers.edu , TWESE, rutwese@gmail.com , & HARU, haru.pr@gmail.com

Attracting Mentors for Minority Students

When matching faculty and staff mentors with underrepresented students, it’s essential that qualities such as shared cultures, similar backgrounds, and being of the same race are taken into account. Join us for this unique training opportunity where our expert instructor will walk you through: defining a framework for pairing faculty and staff with students, designing meaningful interactions for mentees, strategies and challenges of attracting and retaining mentors and tips for assessing your mentoring program.

Time/Location: Graduate Student Lounge, 1-2pm

Host: Office of Graduate Student Life, Graduate Student Association, Student Affairs, Cultural Collaborative, Graduate Studies, and Africana Studies

Contact Person: Mark Schuster, schuster@echo.rutgers.edu

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

Every last Thursday of the month, the Paul Robeson Cultural Center will host the B.L.A.C.K. (Building Leaders And Cultivating Knowledge) mentoring program session to connect black brothers’ and sisters who are students, faculty, staff and alumni; dinner will be served.

Time/Location: Paul Robeson Cultural Center, 1-2pm

Host: Paul Robeson Cultural Center

Contact Person: Raheem Nugent (Brothers’ Circle) – raheem.nugent@rutgers.edu & Nia Nanton (Sisters’ Circle) – ncn23@scarletmail.rutgers.edu

Challenge: Black Women Unite

Time/Location: Livingston Student Center RM 202AB, 9-10pm

Host: Sisters with Values (SWV)

Contact Person: Sisters With Values (SWV),swvrutgers@gmail.com

Rutgers Dining, Busch Dining Hall will have posters on display of notable Black Alumnus of Rutgers University. Many will be featured from Rutgers African-American Alumni Alliance (RAAA), Inc. Hall of Fame Inductees.

Weekdays: Busch Dining Hall, Weekdays: 7am – 9pm & Weekends: 9:30AM – 8:00PM

Host & Co-sponsors: Dining Services, Busch Dining Hall

Contact person & Email: Catherine Sackey – catherine.sackey@dining.rutgers.edu