Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Black History Month

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with various Xavier University offices, departments, and student organizations celebrates Black History Month. Our 2022 theme this year will branch off of MLK Week’s theme - REST as Revolution! Inspired by the famous Audre Lorde quote, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare." Each week will be sub-themed with associated resources, giveaways and support of campus events. The sub-themes are: Rest as Revolution - Joy as Revolution - Love as Revolution - Leisure as Revolution. For more details, check out the events below and visit this page regularly for updates as student org/campus events will be posted on a rolling basis. Also, be sure to follow us on social media (@xucdi on Instagram) for additional events that will be taking place during the month. For more information contact Sherrae Mack.

Black Lives Matter signs in front of Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier   A sign that reads 'Black Lives are Sacred and Beloved' in front of Bellarmine Chapel at Xavier

America's Real Sister Act: Why the Stories of U.S. Black Catholic Nuns Matter

February 2 @ 3-4:30pm, Zoom (Password: 935666)
Dr. Shannen Dee Williams is Associate Professor of History at the University of Dayton. In this talk, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams will share insights from her forthcoming book, Subversive Habits: Black Catholic Nuns in the Long African American Freedom Struggle (Duke University Press, May 2022). Specifically, Williams will consider how master narratives of women's religious life and Catholic commitments to racial justice fundamentally change when the lives and experiences of African American nuns are taken seriously. 

Black Excellence Dinner
February 4 @ 6-8pm; Arrupe
A night to celebrate the achievements of black students and Xavier with food, entertainment, and more hosted by Kappa Alpha Psi in partnership with Alpha Phi Alpha, GOAL, and LEAD. Register here!

Celebration of Black Lives
February 8 @ 6-8pm; Arrupe
Come enjoy a performance from Revolution Dance Theatre and Catered BBQ and Soul Food Meals from Dada Smokes hosted by the Student Activities Council. Register here!

"Second" Fridays
February 11 @ 2-3pm; GSC 280 (CDI)
First Fridays provide an opportunity for Xavier students, staff, and faculty to come together in community. Join us from 2-3pm on February 11th and celebrate Black History Month with refreshments from Cream and Sugar and giveaways! We will also raffle off Black History Month swag, so be sure to check-in when you arrive! (No RSVP required, simply drop-in!). Rescheduled due to potential inclement weather.

Power Playing with Anthony Hudson (2003)
February 17 @ 6:30; Zoom - Register for Power Playing 
Anthony Hudson will share an intimate look at his career in banking, as a thought leader and a trusted partner to his teammates and clients. Power Playing is a virtual series that spotlights Black alumni who embody Xavier’s Jesuit values as leaders in their workplace and community. Watch previous editions of Power Playing with Natasha Holiday and Damon Jones.

For the Culture: Black History Month Celebration
February 25 @ 4:30-6:30pm; HUB 102-103
Presented by the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Faith and Justice – Fred Shuttlesworth Team in partnership with GOAL, LEAD, and NPHC – join us for an evening of interactive, hands-on art, music, games, and soul food! We will be joined by the lead muralist for the letter M in the Black Lives Matter Cincinnati Mural - Adoria Maxberry who will share her awesome journey as an artist and lead attendees through group creation of artwork that will be displayed on campus. Come spend some time in community and celebrate Black History Month! Register here!

Practicing Rest as Revolution - Ongoing
Each week during Black History Month we encourage you to find time to rest in more ways than one. Follow our contests on @xucdi and/or snap a pic of how you rest and tag @xucdi for a chance to win one of our many giveaways. Black History Month 2022 Theme: Rest as Revolution. Weekly Sub-Themes:

  • Rest as Revolution
  • Joy as Revolution
  • Love as Revolution
  • Leisure as Revolution

More student org/campus partner events will be posted as info becomes available!

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