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College of DuPage Celebrates Juneteenth

Monday, June 20, 2022

Commemorative Video Facebook Live

9 a.m. via Facebook Live

The day will include a Juneteenth reflective video broadcast on Facebook Live, with insights from this past year's COD Black Student Alliance representative, and a faculty or staff who will share the significance of Juneteenth.

Awareness and Celebration Luncheon

Student Services Center (SSC), Room 1200, noon to 2 p.m.

With an interactive photo exhibit, visitors can look and listen to descriptions of the historical moments and ways in which Juneteenth has and continues to be recognized in America.

Also, will we provide College of DuPage Juneteenth Reference Guides, which direct the reader to resources via dates, quotes, images, and literature to help better understand the impact of June 19, 1865, on America's past, present, and future.  

This Juneteenth experience will also be a time of celebration with a complimentary luncheon, opportunities for conversation and sharing, free commemorative Juneteenth shirts, and other COD items. We will also have live music with special guest artist, The D. L. Perkins Singers, led by COD’s alum and former Black Student alliance president, Dante Perkins.

About Juneteenth

June 19, 1865, also known as Juneteenth, is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of enslavement in the United States and is now a United States Federal holiday. From its Galveston, Texas, origin in 1865, the observance of June 19 as the African American Emancipation Day has spread across the United States and beyond.

Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day, a week, and in some areas, a month marked with celebrations, guest speakers, and public and family gatherings. It is a time for reflection, rejoicing, assessment, self-improvement, and planning for the future. Its growing popularity signifies a level of maturity and dignity in America long overdue. In cities across the country, people of all races, nationalities, and religions are joining hands to truthfully acknowledge a period in our history that shaped and continues to influence our society today. Sensitized to the conditions and experiences of others, only then can we make significant and lasting improvements in our community (

College of DuPage is excited to recognize and bring awareness to this important yet often understated date in American history as we expand the narrative of equity to impact student success!

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Past Event

“How to Have Uncomfortable Conversations Towards Positive Change”

In American society, many challenging issues impact our identity on a daily bases. While there is much to say, are we comfortable with the uncomfortable, and do we know how to share in a way that promotes a healthy teaching and learning community?

We will explore how to Engage in Uncomfortable Conversations as we continue to build a Culture of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion with a New Communication Paradigm.

The series will feature an article review and introductory methods of engaging in healthy critical conversations. Our COD students will also lead us with their insight as featured panelists.

Then, keynote presenter Keith Barnes, executive director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Springs, CO. will provide a professional perspective on this relevant topic.

This series is open to all students, faculty, staff, and the community!

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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 
Office Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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