Black History Month Collage

Black History Month at CU Denver

January 31, 2023

February is Black History Month, a time to celebrate the successes of African Americans and recognize their powerful role in U.S. history. CU Denver’s Black Student Services has created a variety of events to address issues important to our Black student community. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome and encouraged to bring their own experiences to the conversations. “Black History Month is a time for everyone to honor and acknowledge Black people doing amazing things, big or small across the world,” said Black Student Services Director Precious Palmer. “I value Black culture and the contributions that Black people have made changing our community and our lives for the better.”  

Kick Back 

Join Black Student Services, African Student Union, Black Girl Equity Alliance, National Society of Black Engineers, and the Metropolitan State University of Denver for a social gathering to meet-and-greet with students and introduce them to resources, services, and identity-based organizations that can support their journey on campus. The event will include games, conversations, and snacks.  

When: Wednesday, Feb. 1, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Where: Tivoli Turnhalle 

Melanated and Abroad  

Black Student Services and the Office of Global Engagement are hosting a panel to discuss opportunities for students to study abroad while exploring their self-identity and career. Five student panelists will discuss their experiences abroad in Spain, Cuba, Singapore, Mexico, and other places.  

When: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2:00 p.m.  

Where: Student Commons 2000 

The Workplace Equity Summit 

This year’s theme, The Power of Connection, serves as an opportunity for students to learn about what diversity looks like in their field and recommendations on how to show up with your identity. Students will walk away empowered, knowing how to land jobs when they represent the minority and to address issues they face. They will leave with many connections and resources needed for the workforce.  

When: Thursday, Feb. 9, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 

Where: MSU JSSB building 

Hair & Culture 

The Black Student Services will bring guest speaker Detrick-Jules to discuss the importance hair has played as a part of Black culture and its impact on daily lives and experiences. Author of the book My Beautiful Black Hair, which celebrates self-acceptance and sisterhood, Detrick-Jules will talk about hair discrimination, its history, and how it is a central part of Black womanhood. 

When: Wednesday, Feb. 15, 3:00 p.m. 

Where: Student Commons 2000