African American nurse checking vital signs

Black History Month 2022

2022 National Theme: Black Health and Wellness

This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways in which the Black community have contributed to healthcare (e.g., birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora. The 2022 theme considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have practiced in an effort to maintain health and wellbeing. (ASALH, 2020).

Black History Month 2022 Photo Exhibit

Located in the SRC Corridor, directly across from the book store

Explore and engage in images and captions from past to present day stories, struggles and accomplishments of the Black community in health and wellness. See a few familiar images and aspects of Black Health and Wellness in American culture.

For further discussion regarding the images, contact studentdiversity@cod.edu.

Black History Month 2022 Expressions Competition

Guided by a quote from an African American in the field of healthcare, students are invited to submit an essay, a story, a piece of art, music, video, poetry, or any other form of expression. The top three submittals will be awarded and their selections will be featured on the Student Diversity Equity & Inclusion website. Read more about the Expressions Competition

Black History Month 2022 Event Listing

All events this year are either livestream or virtual. Click the following links to view the weekly schedule.

Fashion From Africa to African American

Tuesday, Feb. 1

Take a short journey through the history of African fashion and textiles from the 12th century to the 21st century, with emphasis on how these findings have shaped African American fashion over time. Presented by Shannon Johnson, Fashion Studies Instructor at the College of DuPage.

Race, Power and Privilege E-Course Information Day

Dr. Stephanie Quirk

Tuesday, Feb. 8

Talking openly and knowledgeably about race is a critical competency that students are expected to develop to be career ready. That is why College of DuPage is offering the SpeakOut and SHIFT created "Race, Power, & Privilege" E-Course. This powerfully-packaged experience helps students tap into their imaginations to grow and thrive in a diverse campus setting. Come and get more information about this FREE e-course available to current College of DuPage students. 

Meet the Black Student Alliance Club at the Student Life Fair

Wednesday, Feb. 9

BSA is a student club promoting the Black/African American experience by socialization and community with other students through civic involvement, professionalism, cultural awareness, and academic success. Meet representatives of the Black Student Alliance club and get information on the clubs’ mission, goals and objectives for the Spring semester.

Systemic Racism and Restorative Justice

  • Professor Richard Forst, Justice Studies
  • Professor Tauya Forst, Justice Studies

Wednesday, Feb. 9

Glen Ellyn Public Library

View interactive materials and participate in a discussion about racial inequities that remain present in our society. Conversation will be moderated by Tauya Forst, J.D., and Richard Forst, Professors of Justice Studies at College of DuPage.

The Annual African American Read-in

Thursday, Feb. 10

Open to students, faculty, staff, and community. The National African American Read-In is the nation’s first and oldest event dedicated to diversity in literature. A national literacy initiative of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), the event is sponsored on campus by the College of DuPage Library and was established by COD’s Africa and African Diaspora Committee.  This year the readers are encourage to share information about themselves and then present their favorite selections from African American books, essays, music and poetry collections with a brief biological summary of the authors.

Living Leadership Film presentation: “Tell Them We are Rising”

Friday, Feb. 11

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century (during the black migration era), and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.

Global Flicks: The Great Green Wall Viewing and Discussion

Wednesday, Feb. 16

Launched in 2007, the Great Green Wall is a daring vision to reclaim degraded land across the width of Africa in the Sahel – one of the world’s poorest regions. The film is a musical journey showcasing a groundbreaking movement to unite the millions who live along its path facing drought, famine, conflict and migration. Once complete, the Great Green Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet, three times the size of the Great Barrier Reef.

Unconscious Bias

Professor Tauya Forst, Justice Studies
Wednesday, Feb.

Unconscious biases are social stereotypes about certain groups of people that individuals form outside their own conscious awareness. College of DuPage Professors Richard Forst and Tauya Forst helps you to explore the concept of unconscious bias, engage in activities structured to learn how unconscious bias impacts daily interactions and identify interrupters that help strengthen your response to unconscious bias.

Living Leadership Film presentation: “Tell Them We are Rising”

In-Person Viewing

Thursday, Feb. 17

The rich history of America’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) began before the end of slavery, flourished in the 20th century (during the black migration era), and profoundly influenced the course of the nation for over 150 years — yet remains largely unknown. With “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities,” the latest documentary from Stanley Nelson (Black Panthers, Freedom Riders) and Marco Williams, the powerful story of the rise, influence, and evolution of HBCUs comes to life.

Music Fridays @ Noon

Friday, Feb. 18

Faculty Spotlight: The Matt Shevitz Quartet: A Tribute to Tina Brooks, co-sponsored and broadcast by WDCB, 90.9 FM

College of DuPage WDCB Radio presentation

WDCB presents "Black Radio: Telling It Like It Was" and it is an historic series produced by the Smithsonian in 1996. The series traces the evolution and cultural impact of Black Radio in the 20th century from the 1920s - 1990s. Prerecorded and hosted by the late Lou Rawls, it includes segments on Black Chicago radio pioneers like Jack L. Cooper, Al Benson and Yvonne Daniels, along with many national figures, plus commentary from Nelson George, Studs Terkel, Oscar Brown Jr. and Herb Kent.

Every Tuesday in February at 7 p.m. on WDCB, 90.9FM and WDCB.org

Black Student Alliance and Alter Ego Productions Student Event

Wednesday Feb. 23

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1200 (pending current conditions)

Join BSA & AEP as they collaborate to present a lively interactive discussion for faculty, staff and students to examine the perspectives of Black History, The Pan African Experience, Student Success and contemporary life as black college students in a diverse society.

Stephanie Covington Armstrong

‘Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat: a Story of Bulimia’

Thursday, Feb. 24

Presented by Counseling and Advising

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1200 (pending current conditions)

Armstrong is the author of ‘Not All Black Girls Know How to Eat: A story of Bulimia.’ She has shared her story at Universities and Colleges across the nation. “Getting to a place in life where I can eat without losing control was not a straight line, but along the way I developed tools to help that don’t include dieting and negative thinking.” Join Stephanie Armstrong in a courageous workshop to help others find a balance for healthy eating and recover from the challenges that leads to food and body obsession.

Black History Month 2022
Looking to the Future Celebration

CANCELLED: will be rescheduled

Engage in artifacts and documents that celebrate the rich and diverse culture of blacks in America. We will hear from select student speakers, COD Chamber singers and Afrikan Dance & Music Institute returns live to teach through artistic expression.

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Contact Information

Center for Student Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (CSDEI)
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 2225E

David A. Swope Sr.
Manager, Student Diversity Equity and Inclusion
(630) 942-2565 
Email: swoped28@cod.edu
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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