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Utah State University Celebrates Black History Month

In 1976, President Gerald Ford declared February Black History Month. Since that time, every sitting president has maintained the tradition – an opportunity to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of [B]lack Americans in every area of endeavor throughout history.” (Gerald Ford, Message on the Observance of Black History Month). Every year, a theme is given to guide this month of appreciation and celebration. The theme for 2015 is “A Century of Black Life, History and Culture.”

Utah State University celebrates Black History Month, and welcomes this opportunity to spotlight the accomplishments and contributions that Black and African Americans have made to American culture, history, and society. If you’re interested in engaging with the theme of this month, USU has some events you may want to take note of:

Traveling Shoes

February 5, 7 – 9 p.m. A one-woman show presented by UPR and featuring professional speaker, storyteller, and writer Janice Brooks. Sojourner Truth, Harriet Tubman, and six other African-American women will be brought to life in this show, meant to teach, inspire, and empower audiences.

BSU Soul Food Dinner

February 21, 6 – 8 p.m. The USU Black Student Union will host its annual soul food dinner, featuring traditional soul food, music, and dance performances.

Black Student Union General Body Meetings
Thursdays, 6:30 p.m. TSC 332

What Makes USU Diverse?
February 3, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. TSC Lounges. Free hot chocolate will be given to members of the USU community who come by to make a poster explaining how they make USU diverse.

Around the World in 80 Minutes
February 5, 7 – 8:30 TSC Auditorium.

One America?
February 25, 7:00 p.m. TSC Auditorium. A panel discussion featuring members of the USU community, focusing on issues of racial inequality.

Diversity Council Grant Awards

The Diversity Council would like to congratulate the following individuals and departments on their grant awards for the 2014 – 2015 year! The Diversity Council received many outstanding applications this year, and we are grateful to be supporting these projects.


The Center for Persons with Disabilities for its project Aggies Elevated. Aggies Elevated provides an inclusive, post-secondary education experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Aggies Elevated will provide an opportunity for students to live on campus, with full access to all student activities, while taking specialized and traditional coursework at Utah State University.

The Department of Biological Engineering for its proposal to host Hispanic/Latin@ identifying students during a summer undergraduate research program in Biological Engineering at Utah State University.

Counseling & Psychological Services office will host visual displays each month to celebrate cultural heritage months, to recognize diversity in religious holidays, and to promote a general appreciation of multiculturalism. This change to the visual atmosphere makes the CAPS space more inviting and inclusive for all students utilizing their services.

Caine College of the Arts for its proposal to engage in targeted recruitment efforts to bring underrepresented students to Utah State University from New Orleans and Los Angeles.

Bonnie Glass-Coffin & the Anthropology Department for their project Interreligious Knowledge, Relationship-Building, and Action at Utah State University. This project seeks to build religious literacy at Utah State University regarding different faiths or no faith at all.

The Office of the Vice President for Student Services for its Underrepresented Student Mentorship Program. This program will target students who traditionally would be provisional admits, and pair them with successful upperclassmen for a yearlong peer-to-peer mentorship program. This program is expected to increase the academic and social success of students who are statistically unlikely to complete a four-year degree.

These projects, alongside other ongoing projects with Diversity Council support, all work toward supporting the goals and objectives of the Diversity Council. The Council is proud to be supporting these projects, and looks forward to many more years of successful projects and awards!