Student Organizations at Trinity College Hosting Black History Month Events

Discussions, Performances, Film Screenings, and More Continue Throughout February

Hartford, Connecticut, February 3, 2016 – Many student organizations at Trinity College are hosting events throughout February in observance of Black History Month. These events include panel discussions, performances, film screenings, dinners, and other special programs.

​Music by Abu Carter and Babafemi Carter was part of the Liberation Celebration at Trinity College on February 1. Photos by Lorenzo Puopolo ’18

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (S.A.I.L.) have been working with student organizations to schedule programs that encourage open discussion and education about a variety of topics.

“For this year's observation and celebration of Black History Month, student leaders in consultation with the Office of Multicultural Affairs have decided to highlight the tremendous diversity within the Black experience in America and beyond by engaging with the concept of ‘intersectionality,’” said Carol T. Correa de Best, associate director of multicultural affairs. “The hope is that the many wonderful events we have planned for the month will illustrate the importance of challenging and crossing boundaries in our quest for social justice and intercultural engagement.”

​Brianna Chang ’16 dances during the Liberation Celebration, which kicked off Trinity's Black History Month events.

Student leaders at Trinity are using opportunities like these events to help create a more cohesive and inclusive campus community. “The theme of ‘intersectionality’ has allowed us to work with a diverse group of campus organizations, departments and individuals, all of whom bring unique perspectives and experiences to the conversation,” said Courtney A. Roach ’16. “By hosting these types of collaborative programs, we hope to encourage fellow students not only to embrace our differences, but to also acknowledge the similarities that unite us together.”

The month of programs kicked off on Monday, February 1, with a Liberation Celebration in Mather Hall. The dinner welcomed the campus community to celebrate the freedom movements of people of African descent. It was sponsored by the Caribbean Student Association, the Trinity African Student Association (TASA), La Voz Latina, the Men of Color Alliance (MOCA), the Trinity College Black Women’s Organization (TCBWO), and Imani: Trinity College Black Student Union.

Below is a calendar of Black History Month events scheduled at Trinity College:


Being Black and Queer

Thursday, February 4, 12:15 p.m., Terrace Rooms B and C, Mather Hall

A panel discussion on the intersectionality of “Blackness” and “Queerness.” 

Sponsored by Imani, MOCA, TCBWO, Encouraging Respect of Sexualities, and the Women and Gender Resource Action Center (WGRAC).

Black History Month Pub Trivia

Thursday, February 4, 8 p.m., Vernon Social

Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (S.A.I.L.).

Black Bantams Beyond Borders

Monday, February 8, 5 p.m., Rittenberg Lounge, Mather Hall

A panel discussion on the study abroad experiences of students of color.

Sponsored by Imani, TCBWO, MOCA, and the Office of Study Away. 

Greeks Speak

Wednesday, February 10, 7 p.m., Hallden Hall Grand Room

A meet & greet and panel discussion with the Black Greek organizations in the Metro-Hartford area.

Sponsored by Imani, TCBWO, and MOCA. 

Selma Movie Viewing and Discussion

Friday, February 12, 9 p.m., Vernon Social

Sponsored by the Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (S.A.I.L.).

Historic Firsts: How Symbolic Empowerment Changes U.S. Politics

Monday, February 15, 4 p.m., Rittenberg Lounge, Mather Hall

A lecture by Professor Evelyn Simien, University of Connecticut.

Sponsored by the Trinity College Political Science Department.

Minorities in STEM

Wednesday, February 17, 5 p.m., Hamlin Hall

A discussion about women and minorities in STEM fields.

Sponsored by MOCA. 

Twerk Talk

Wednesday, February 24, 6 p.m., Umoja House, 72 Vernon Street

A discussion on the history of twerking and other dance moves from the African diaspora. Holly, founder of Pole Control Studios, will share her experiences as a dancer in an unforgiving culture. Ladies only.

Sponsored by TCBWO. 

Love Jones, Word of Mouth

Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m., Terrace Rooms, Mather Hall

An annual open mic night.

Sponsored by Imani. 

A Monologue, A Memory, A Rant & A Prayer

Friday, February 26, 8 p.m., Trinity College Chapel

A student-led production.

Sponsored by WGRAC and Students Encouraging Consensual Sex.

Just Act Natural: Knowing Your Roots

Sunday, February 28, 1 p.m., Umoja House, 72 Vernon Street

Guest speaker Diane Da Costa will lead a discussion on the natural hair movement.

Sponsored by TCBWO, TASA, and Imani. 

Service of Holy Communion: Celebrating Black History Month

Sunday, February 28, 12:30 p.m., Trinity College Chapel

Candace Simpson ’12 will lead the service. Simpson is a Brooklyn native and an M.Div. student at Union Theological Seminary. She graduated from Trinity College in 2012 with a major in educational studies. Candace is a regular contributor at the Black women's blogging collective, For Harriet. There she writes about popular imaginations of religion, raced-sexuality, and protest.

Music by the Chapel Singers, featuring special guest Timothy Dunn, tenor.

Sponsored by the Office of Spiritual and Religious Life.

Closing Dinner and Viewing of Pelo Malo

Monday, February 29, 5 p.m., Umoja House, 72 Vernon Street

A film about a Venezuelan boy whose desire to straighten his curly hair leads to friction between him and his single mother.

Sponsored by the Umoja Cultural House coordinators.


Events and schedules are subject to change. For more information, please contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at 860-297-4251 or the Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership at 860-297-4187.

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