Creating the Extraordinary Student Experience

United Black World Month

The Student Life Multicultural Center, in collaboration with various departmental offices and student organizations, annually celebrates United Black World Month. United Black World Month, also known as Black History Month, is a month-long celebration of the diasporic experience.

Check out the 2019 United Black World Month calendar below

To get involved or for more information, please contact Katherine Betts at betts.128@osu.edu

 

Black is the New Green: Black Entrepreneurship Week, Money Matters: Financial Literacy Workshop

February 3
7 p.m.
Hale Hall

This workshop will focus on the financial well-being of individuals as well as creating awareness of managing money to build and generate long-term wealth.

 

Black is the New Green: Black Entrepreneurship Week, The Ebony Connection: Networking Event

February 4
7 p.m.
Alonso Family Room - Ohio Union

This networking event will allow undergraduate students to connect with graduate students and other black professionals. This reception will also help cultivate professional networking skills, and community building.

 

Black is the New Green: Black Entrepreneurship Week, Student Business Pitch Competition

February 6
7 p.m.
Hale Hall

This event will allow students to present their business in a “shark tank”-like platform to a panel of judges.

 

Red Velvet by Lolita Chakrabarti, Directed by Ted Lange

February 6
7:30 p.m.
Roy Bowen Theatre

In 1833, a celebrated African-American actor is called upon to step into the role of Othello at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden after the production’s legendary lead actor takes ill, shocking both audiences and critics with his revolutionary acting style in this piercing bio-drama about race and performance. Red Velvet is presented as part of Ohio State Theatre’s Raw Theatre Program. The program’s aim is to create new opportunities within the season by staging work with smaller casts, a compressed schedule and a smaller budget.

This event will also take place on: February 7, February 8, February 9, February 11, February 12, February 13, February14 and February 15

 

Black is the New Green: Black Entrepreneurship Week

February 9
4 - 7 p.m.
Hale Hall

This program will feature local black owned business all looking to gain exposure and tap into our Ohio State Community. Come out to learn more about what happened to the historical Black Wall street in Tulsa, Oklahoma while enjoying a selection of live music and the opportunity to give our dollars back to the black community.

 

Anti-Blackness in the LGBTQ Community

February 11
7 p.m.
Alonso Family Room - Ohio Union

Join LGBTQ Student Initiatives and African/African-American Student Initiatives as we discuss anti-Blackness in LGBTQ communities. We will explore and discuss the history of anti-Black exclusion in LGBTQ communties, important historical figures within the movement, and what LGBTQ communities can do better around racial justice. This event counts towards 1 credit for DICE. 

 

Foodways Social: Frybread and Sweet Potato Pie

February 13
6 p.m.
Instructional Kitchen - Ohio Union

Join Native American/Indigenous Student Initiatives and African/African American Student Initiatives for a foodways social in celebration of United Black World Month. Attendees will learn about the cultural and historical elements of frybread and sweet potato pie, as well as have the opportunity to make and taste their own dishes.

Cooking stations are limited to the first 36 attendees.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To ask questions about accessibility or request accommodations, please contact Melissa Beard Jacob at 614-688-8449 or jacob.197@osu.edu. At least two weeks' advance notice will help us to provide seamless access.

 

Kirwan Bi-Weekly Forums

February 13
11 a.m.
Kirwan Institute: 33 W.11th Avenue Columbus, OH 43205

The Kirwan Weekly Forum is a weekly educational event on topics related to racial justice presented by the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at The Ohio State University. The 1-hour semi-interactive presentation are open to the public, Ohio State staff, students and faculty, and are designed to raise awareness about important topics related racial justice and provide a welcoming environment for people with traditionally marginalized identities to share their perspectives and connect with peers.

 

"We Are One" Leadership Retreat for Women of Color Students

February 14
1 p.m.
Burr Oak Lodge and Conference Center in Glouster, Ohio

Meet other Ohio State students, staff, faculty and administrators in diverse leadership roles who will set the table for critical conversations around gender and racial identities as a leader in an effort to create a marketplace of ideas around leadership, wellness and sisterhood. Students will be transported to the Lodge for the weekend. Departure time is 1 p.m. on 2/14/20. Return time is 4 p.m. on 2/16/20. Cost is $35.

 

All We Do is Step, Stroll and Hop?!: What is a Black Greek-Letter Organization?

February 17
7 p.m.
MLK Lounge - Hale Center

The National Panhellenic Council, in collaboration with The Student Life Multicultural Center, Black Student Association and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, present All We Do is Step and Stroll?! Featuring Rasheed Cromwell. This event will critically examine myths and stereotypes about historically Black Greek organizations and facilitate conversations about the historical purpose of these organizations. Rasheed Cromwell is the founder and current CEO of The Harbor Institute and is a nationally recognized speaker and facilitator focused on the National Panhellenic Council.

 

World Day of Social Justice Teach-In

February 18
Noon - 5 p.m. 
Great Hall Meeting Room - Ohio Union

In honor of the World Day of Social Justice, join the Multicultural Center for day of education, art and films on a variety of social justice topics. Drop in and leave as you please, grab some food and refreshments and engage in dialogues about social justice throughout the day.

 

Screening of Pushout: The Criminalization of BlackGirls in Schools

February 18
6 p.m.
Room 110 - Stillman Hall

Join the Student Life Multicultural Center African/African American and Women Student Initiatives and Ladies of Leadership for a screening of the new documentary Pushout: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools.

This film takes a deep dive into the lives of black girls and the practices, cultural beliefs and policies that disrupts one of the most important factors in girls' lives - education. Following the screening we will have a panel discussion with some of the women and girls featured in the film from the Columbus Preparatory School for Girls.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To ask questions about accessibility or request accommodations, please contact Katherine Betts at betts.128@osu.edu. At least two weeks' advance notice will help us to provide seamless access.

 

Flicks For Free: When They See Us

February 19
6 p.m.
US Bank Conference Theater - Ohio Union

On Wednesday, February 19, OUAB will be showing parts 1 and 2 of the Ava Duvernay mini-series, When They See Us, followed by a moderated discussion. Follow OUAB social media for any updates!

 

Collection of Creators Mixer and Pop-Up Show

February 20
7 p.m.
MLK Lounge - Hale Hall

The Mixer and Pop-Up show will showcase the creative capabilities of students through music, poetry, art, fashion and more. The Pop-Up portion will provide students networking opportunities to engage and learn from their peers' talents and visual and audible artwork, with vendors available to sell their items. The Show-Out portion will provide vendors a chance to display their artistic works through photography, painting, videos and fashion, as well as student performances.

 

A Year of Return

February 20
7 p.m.
Hale Hall

This event will target migration of African Americans from America to various African countries. The aim is to give students more hope to travel back to Africa and highlights similarities between Africans and African Americans.

 

OSU Reads: The Race to Tell our Stories

February 21
6 p.m.
Hale Hall

OSU Reads is the official first program of the African American Heritage Festival! During this event, we will put on programming that emphasizes the importance of literacy and reading to students from a local elementary school in Columbus. This year, students will be coming to Ohio State to participate in a relay race centered around learning about Black History and the important contributions Black people have made. OSU Reads aims to remind students that through literacy and other academic practices, they will be able to transcend their past and reach any goal they hope to obtain.

 

Flicks For Free: When They See Us

February 21
6 p.m.
US Bank Conference Theater - Ohio Union

On Friday, February 21, OUAB will be showing parts 3 and 4 of the Ava Duvernay mini-series, When They See Us, followed by a moderated discussion. Follow OUAB social media for any updates!

 

African American Heritage Festival Kick Off

February 22
7 p.m.
Great Hall Meeting Room - Ohio Union

The 42nd African American Heritage Festival Kick-Off is a celebration that will be a highly energized showcase of fun and activities for every age group as this tradition continues. For this years Kick Off celebration we will be having a blast from the past! There will be a vendor fair full of local black-owned businesses, a dance party with two great DJ's, DJ Fresh and DJ Flugazy, along with multiple active games that will make you feel like you are a child again.

This event is free and open to the entire Ohio State campus community.

 

Gospel Fest: His Majesty Transcends

February 23
5 p.m.
Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom - Ohio Union

Embracing the theme “Transcend”, this year’s co-chairs, Autumn Conner and Danielle Dyson, seek to create an atmosphere of love, peace, joy and spiritual rejuvenation. This year is offering a dynamic gospel experiencing including dance, mime, choirs, small ensembles and gospel rap. Please join us in worship as we watch amazing performances. All religious affiliations welcome!

This event is free and open to the entire Central Ohio community. Doors will open at 4:30 p.m. and the show will begin promptly at 5 p.m.

 

Word on the Street: Transcending Boundaries

February 24
6p.m.
Great Hall Meeting Room - Ohio Union

Word On The Street: Transcending Boundaries will be an interactive roundtable talk focusing on issues within the black community. Featured guests are Mouse Jones and Chizitere Duru. The event will highlight issues such as colorism, texturism and Pan-Africanism. Through this event, the community will be provided with an open atmosphere to engage in dialogue and hear the truths from multiple perspectives.

Word On The Street is the epitome of empowering the community to collectively transcend.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To ask questions about accessibility or request accommodations, please contact Angie Wellman. Reaching out at least two weeks' advance notice will help us to provide seamless access.

 

African American Heritage Festival Variety Show

February 25
6 p.m.
Performance Hall - Ohio Union

The AAHF Variety Showcase is a highly anticipated, fun-filled experience that showcases the talent of students on Ohio State’s campus as well as throughout the Columbus area.

The event diligently strives to celebrate African American creativity and innovation. This year we will focus on the diverse talents of our culture as well sticking closely to our theme of Transcend: Surpassing the Standards. It will create a space of interaction and inclusion while encompassing the uniqueness of our student body.

Come out and celebrate the 42nd annual Variety Showcase with comedic host, Darren Brand. This is will be a year to remember!

 

African American Heritage Festival Poetry Showcase

February 26
7 p.m.
Faculty Club

The 2020 Poetry Showcase is focused on one of the oldest and most dynamic forms of Black artistic expression: spoken word. The Poetry Showcase is a significant event for experienced and aspiring poets to showcase their best work to The Ohio State community. This event will look back at the tradition of black performance art and look forward to a new legacy of expression. This year's event will be hosted by Dominique Christina.

This event is free and open to the Ohio State campus community.

 

United Black World Month Sesquicentennial Celebration ft. Symone Sanders

February 27
6 p.m.
US Bank Conference Theater - Ohio Union

The Student Life Multicultural Center, United Black World Month Planning Committee and the African American Heritage Festival are pleased to present the United Black World Month Sesquicentennial Celebration keynote, Symone D. Sanders.

A champion for women, Symone D. Sanders is a seasoned political strategist who rose to prominence in 2016 when she became the youngest presidential press secretary on record. Sanders is a former CNN political commentator and has been featured on multiple news networks and profiled in national newspapers and magazines. We hope that you join us for this special Sesquicentennial UBWM Keynote event wherein Symone will captivate the audience with her keynote address on a range of topics including leadership, social activism, diversity, social change, and current political and social issues.

Discover more about our keynote speaker, Symone Sanders

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To ask questions about accessibility or request accommodations, please contact Katherine Betts at betts.128@osu.edu. At least two weeks' advance notice will help us to provide seamless access.

 

Mahogany Moments Gala

February 29
6 p.m.
Faculty Club

The African American Heritage Festival Mahogany Moments is a formal gala event that represents the culmination of the Festival, and is the formal conclusion of the week's events. 

The event will consist of a red carpet networking reception featuring mock-tails and other light snacks. This will be followed by a plated dinner accompanied by a musical performance, and remarks and recognition of the 42nd Annual AAHF Student Planning Committee. The evening will continue on with a dance party. During this event, we want everyone to feel beautiful in their own skin and proud of their culture as we come together to celebrate and recognize our peers who have excelled both inside and outside of the classroom.

This is a ticketed event open to the Ohio State student community. More details coming soon.