February is Black History Month
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is celebrating Black History Month with a wide variety of educational and social programs, including faculty and staff lectures, movie nights, and a two-person comedy show. Alongside the wealth of programming, students at The University of Scranton see Black History Month as a time of reflection, and a vehicle to break down discrimination.
“Black History Month is a time to think about the past, says Junior Danny Rossello. “When I think about Black History Month, I am reminded of all that people did for our civil rights and how it impacts us today.” First year student Amy Arias notes, “I feel like Black History Month is a great thing. The struggles that African Americans have gone through in the past deserve recognition, especially an entire month. It is a time to be prideful and celebrate!”
“This year I’m celebrating Black History Month with school work”, says Sophomore Kenneth Tong. “Black History Month is very important to celebrate in my eyes, because it allows us to see how much we have advanced in breaking down the walls of racial prejudice and at the same time challenging our understanding of the status quo.”
First year student Deepa Patel is celebrating Black History Month through her participation in the University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs. “It helps me realize the importance of Black history. Being part of Black History Month helps me understand diversity, and I hope to continue to be part of OMA, and its contribution to Black History Month events.”
Reflecting on the importance of Black History Month, Graduate student Ademola Giwa quotes a friend, Frantz Lucien, who is a graduate of The University of Scranton. “Black History Month is a time to pay respect for the African Americans that paved the way for my past, present, and future. I don’t celebrate it, I live it. I think about those that came before me and I ask myself, am I making them proud. Am i doing all I can do to continue their legacy? It is a reflective time for me.”
The Office of Multicultural Affairs seeks to prepare The University of Scranton community to recognize and embrace the numerous cultural paradigms within a society that is becoming increasingly diverse. For more information about the Office, please contact Dr. Paul Porter, Director of Multicultural Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org).