Black History Month at Rice

2022 Black History Month: Health and Wellness

Calendar of Events


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February 3rd | RASA General Body Meeting

Location: Student Resource Center (SRC)
Time: 9-10:30 pm

Join the Rice African Student Association for our first in-person General Body Meeting of the semester. We have activities ranging from RASA hot takes to spotlight country and discussions on current events. This is open to anyone interested in learning about and celebrating African culture.

Sponsor: Rice African Student Association
Contact: Magdah Omer, mso2@rice.edu

February 5th | RASA Chats: African Diasporic Experiences

Location: Lovett Basement
Time: 7-11 pm

Join the Rice African Student Association as we get together to discuss African diasporic experiences in academia, social life, and identity on campus, in the United States, and beyond. A registration form will be sent out on the RASA Instagram @riceafricansa.

Sponsor: Rice African Student Association
Contact: Magdah Omer, mso2@rice.edu

February 7th | National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
HIV & Syphilis testing by Harris County Public Health

Location: Grand Hall (RMC)
Time: 1-4 pm

In collaboration with Harris County Public Health, free HIV and syphilis testing will be provided to all students in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Day. There will also be giveaways, Chaus vouchers, and a gift basket. CLICK HERE TO SEE A RECAP OF THE EVENT!

Sponsors: DAWA Pre-Health Society, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Wellbeing Office, and Harris County Public Health
Contacts: Nana Mensah-Bonsu; nkm2@rice.edu or Temilade Dada; tod2@rice.edu

February 7th | Discussion on Black Muslims in America

Location: Miner Lounge (RMC)
Time: 7 pm

Come join us as we discuss the history of Black Muslims living in the United States and how they have influenced our society today

Sponsor: Muslim Student Association
Contact: Ambreen Younas; asy4@rice.edu

February 8th | BMLI General Body Meeting discussing consent

Location: Student Resource Center
Time: 8-9 pm

Join BMLI for their second GBM of the 2022 spring semester! They will have a special guest speaking: Dr. Richard Baker who will be speaking on consent! Come out for a great time and thoughtful discussion!

Sponsor: Black Male Leadership Initiative
Contact: Jalil Spearman; jks6@rice.edu

February 9th | BMLI First Friday Lunch

Location: Will Rice Commons
Time: 11:30 am-1 pm

Come hang out with the member of BMLI ahead of the Spring recess. You don't have to be a member and you can just come by whenever it fits your schedule from 11:30-1 pm.

Sponsor: Black Male Leadership Initiative
Contact: Jalil Spearman; jks6@rice.edu

February 11th | BGSA celebrates Black History Month

Location: MultiCultural Center
Time: 2-5 pm

The BGSA is to host an event for Black History Month. Come enjoy snacks, coffee, and prizes from Black and POC-owned businesses! We will have books, written by and for Black people, provided by Kindred Stories HTX a black woman-owned local bookstore. RSVP via OwlNest (https://owlnest.rice.edu/event/7746255)

Sponsor: Black Graduate Student Association
Contact: Syndi Nnorom; ncn2@rice.edu

February 16th | Black in Healthcare

Location: Virtual
Time: 6 pm

Join the conversation as we speak with Black and African American health care professionals. Learn about their journey and how they impact the health of others while also taking care of themselves. Click here to access the Zoom webinar.

Sponsor: Rice Recreation
Contact: Lexi Williams Lexi.Williams@rice.edu

February 16th | "Segregated Medicine: Racial Politics and the Shaping of American Health Care"

Location: Virtual
Time: 6:30 pm

Please join us for a wide-ranging conversation on the origins and consequence of these disparities and the prospect of present work at the intersection of clinical medicine, public health, science, community action, big data and the humanities to disrupt the status quo. Zoom ID: 951 9122 7734 • Passcode: 177277

Moderators:
Kirsten Ostherr, Ph.D., MPH, Gladys Louise Fox Professor of English, Rice University
Nana Mensah-Bonsu, ’23, Co-President, Rice University DAWA

Panelists:
Eseosa Ighodaro, M.D., Ph.D., Resident Physician in Neurology and Neuroscientist, Mayo Clinic
Ezelle Sanford III, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Carnegie Mellon University

February 17th | Owls After Dark: Owl Always Love You Outdoor Movie Night

Location: Central Quad
Time: 6-10 pm

Join us for catered food and snacks, a photo booth, and a showing of "Love Don't Cost a Thing". RSVP on OwlNest. Students can stop by, but they will need to be checked in to get food.

Collaborators: Student Center, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and Black Student Organizations
Contact: Andrea Herrera- amh21@rice.edu, Tahj Blackman- tob3@rice.edu

February 18th | Lung Cancer in African American Patients **UPDATED**

Location: Farnsworth Pavillion
Time: 5-7 pm

Black patients are more likely to develop and die from lung cancer, partly because they are less likely to get screened for lung cancer. Awareness and education about these disparities are key to improving the health/wellness of the Black community.

Collaborators: Rice American Lung Cancer Screening Initiative
Contact: Priyanka Senthil, ps81@rice.edu

February 19th | RASA and NSBE Alumni Career Talk

Location: Virtual
Time: 11-1:30 pm

Join the Rice African Student Association as we get together with RASA and NSBE alumni to learn about how they are navigating post-Rice life. A registration form will be sent out on the RASA Instagram @riceafricansa.

Collaborators: Rice African Student Association and National Society of Black Engineers
Contact: Patrick Aghadiuno, poa1@rice.edu

February 22nd | “The Schools of Former Slaves and the Schools of Former Slave Owners: Religion, Race and the Struggle for Black Education”

Location: Virtual
Time: 6 pm

Please join us for a special presentation by Marla Frederick, from the Candler School of Theology, Emory University. Registration for the event will be listed on https://caaas.rice.edu/ and https://events.rice.edu/.

Sponsor: Center for African and African American Studies and the Center for Engaged Research and Collaborative Learning
Contact: caaas@rice.edu

February 23rd | Life as a Technology Trailblazer and FinTech Startup Founder featuring Distinguished Alumni Speaker: Sandra K. Johnson, Ph.D.

Location: Shell Auditorium
Time: 4 pm

The life of a technology trailblazer is an interesting journey of hills and valleys, open and closed doors, and a relentless, passionate pursuit of the truth: “I belong here”. This talk will discuss the ongoing journey of Dr. Sandra K Johnson as a gifted technology professional. It includes her early years in education, from primary and secondary schools to college and graduate school. Also discussed are her experiences working in an industrial research organization at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center, and moving on to development, sales, marketing, and assignments in the Middle East and Africa. She then became an entrepreneur and pursued a different journey to lead a FinTech startup, Global Mobile Finance, Inc. Throughout the talk are vignettes and other experiences, sometimes exhilarating, sometimes door-slamming heartaches, she shares how wisdom, perseverance, and a sense of purpose fuel her efforts to move forward.

For more details please visit the event page at https://events.rice.edu/#!view/event/event_id/265745

Sponsor: Black students of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Contact: col1@rice.edu or tmr7@rice.edu

February 23rd | Black in Healthcare

Location: Virtual
Time: 7 pm

Join the conversation as we speak with Black and African American health care professionals. Learn about their journey and how they impact the health of others while also taking care of themselves. Click here to access the Zoom webinar.

Sponsor: Rice Recreation
Contact: Lexi Williams Lexi.Williams@rice.edu

February 26th | Soul Night

Location: Grand Hall (RMC)
Time: Dinner starts at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm

Come join BSA for our annual cultural showcase: Soul Night! Tickets will be available mid-February at signup.rice.edu

Sponsor: Black Student Association
Contact: Jake Barber, jcb14@rice.edu

Feb 28th | "Repatriating Africa’s Looted Heritage: Progress and Process”

Location: Virtual
Time: 6 pm

Please join us for a special presentation by Susan McIntosh, the Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Anthropology at Rice. Registration for the event will be listed on https://caaas.rice.edu/ and https://events.rice.edu/.

Sponsor: Center for African and African American Studies and Rice Anthropology
Contact: caaas@rice.edu

Funding an event

Are you looking to fund an event that will be hosted during Black History Month? Applications for funding through the Office of Multicultural Affairs are currently being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, with the priority deadline of December 22nd. CLICK HERE if you would like to learn more about this opportunity and/or submit an application.

Additional campus resources you can utilize to secure funding for events.

Student Activities/President's Programming (SAPP) Fund

The Student Activities/President’s Programming (SAPP) Fund is designed to provide financial support for student clubs and their events on campus. Click here to learn more.

Graduate Student Association (GSA) Grants

The GSA provides funding to student organizations for various activities that benefit the graduate student body. Applications are due the first of the month *preceding* the event. Click here to learn more.


Planning Committee

The Black History Month planning committee is here to be a resource to you in planning events. Feel free to reach out to any of us for further assistance in developing events and programs around this year's theme of Health & Wellness.

Javier Carmona, Chair
javier.carmona@rice.edu
Office of Multicultural Affairs


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