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February is Black Futures Month

By Chancellor Gary S. May on February 7, 2019 in University

This month we honor the legacies of African Americans and Diasporic peoples who helped shape our country, while also taking the opportunity to strengthen our community and empower our future.

Black Futures Month at UC Davis spotlights a theme of “Supporting Future, Art and Knowledge,” with a variety of events that highlight Black excellence and inclusion on campus.

Dominique Jackson headshot
Jackson

UC Davis’ African Continuum presents the ninth annual Black Convocation on Saturday, Feb. 9, a celebration of culture that includes networking opportunities and other resources to promote academic success. On Sunday, Feb. 24, the UC Davis Women's Resources and Research Center presents “And the Category Is: Blackness, Queerness and Living Out Loud.” This event features a keynote from Dominique Jackson, the activist and actress from POSE, the hit musical series on FX.

Our rich diversity and support of underrepresented students are among UC Davis’ greatest strengths. I encourage everyone to take this opportunity to learn, appreciate and empower throughout Black Futures Month. Please see the accompanying calendar for a full list of events.

Woman's eyes between yellow flowers, artwork from BFM calendar

Every Friday

Wednesday, Feb. 6

  • Creative Circles: Cookie in a Jar — 12:15-1:45 p.m., Conference Room, Women’s Resources and Research Center, in the Student Community Center
  • Black Love: Love Your Melanin — 7:20-9 p.m., 1001 Giedt Hall

Thursday, Feb. 7

  • Community Care, HIV/AIDS and Black Liberation — 6 p.m., location TBA
  • Girl Talk: Do You Love Me? — 7:20 p.m., 127 Wellman Hall

Sunday, Feb. 10

Wednesday, Feb. 13

  • Black Love & Friendship Valentine's Day Card Making — 6 p.m., location TBA
  • Black Love: Dating Game — 7:20-9 p.m., 119 Wellman Hall

Thursday, Feb. 14

  • Chillin’ on the Porch: Valentine’s Crafting — time TBA, Women’s Resources and Research Center, in the Student Community Center

Tuesday, Feb. 19

  • Black and Palestinian Solidarity — 2 p.m., location TBA
  • Meals and Deals: Chopped Edition — 7:30 p.m., 229 Wellman Hall

Wednesday, Feb. 20

  • Black Love: Love Your Sibling — 7:20-9 p.m., 1002 Giedt Hall

Sunday, Feb. 24

Monday, Feb. 25

  • Movie Night: Hidden Figures — 6-8:30 p.m., Conference Room, Women’s Resources and Research Center, in the Student Community Center

Tuesday, Feb. 26

  • Black History Month Oratorical Contest — 6:30 p.m., Center for African Diaspora Student Success, 270 South Silo

Wednesday, Feb. 27

  • Decolonize Your Makeup — 6 p.m., location TBA
  • Black Love: Love Your Community — 7:20-9 p.m., location TBA
  • Intro to Allyship — time TBA, Women’s Resources and Research Center, in the Student Community Center

View this calendar as a PDF.

For event changes, additions and descriptions, check out the WRRC’s Instagram page.

About the author(s)

Chancellor Gary S. May Gary S. May became UC Davis’ seventh chancellor on Aug. 1, 2017. He leads the most comprehensive campus in the University of California system, with four colleges and six professional schools that offer 104 undergraduate majors and 96 graduate and professional degrees.

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