Villanova University Celebrates Black History Month 2023

VILLANOVA, Pa.—Villanova University will celebrate Black History Month with an array of educational and community-based events. While campus-wide initiatives that honor the important legacies of Black people and communities are available throughout the year, February marks a vital time when Black history, heritage, and culture are celebrated and amplified. Programming includes academic lectures, educational and conversational opportunities, screenings, alumni panels and more.

Black History Month Programming Highlights

Falvey Library, Campus Ministry and the St. Thomas of Villanova Center for the Common Good will host a two-part workshop to begin February’s Black History Month programming. The first of two lectures will be held on February 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Speaker’s Corner at Falvey Library, with the second to follow on February 8.

The College for Liberal Arts and Sciences and the CLAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee will host Dr. Vincent Lloyd as he discusses his new book, “Black Dignity: The Struggle for Black Domination”. The panel discussion will be held on February 3 in Bartley 2001. The event is open to the Villanova community and the public.

The Villanova School of Business, in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the VSB Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion will host a discussion called “Finding Your Voice While Navigating Your Way to the Top” for those interested in career advancement. The event will take place on February 7 at 5:30 p.m. in Bartley Hall, Room 1011.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs in partnership with The Association for Change and Transformation will offer, “What Does it Mean to be Black at Villanova?” a discussion set for February 8 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Dougherty Hall, East Lounge.

Villanova Athletics and The Office of Intercultural Affairs will host a screening and discussion of “63 for 63”, a documentary about breaking racial barriers and implementing change through college basketball. The screening, which is ACS approved, will take place on February 9 from 7-9 p.m. at the Topper Theatre in the Mullen Center.

The Office of Mission and Ministry will present the Civitas Dei Medal on February 14 to M. Shawn Copeland, PhD, Professor Emerita, Boston College. The event will include a lecture and will take place in Driscoll Hall, Room 132.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs will partner with Campus Ministry, African and Caribbean Villanovans and the Latin American Student Organization to bring to campus, “What Does it Mean to be Afro-Latine at Villanova?” This discussion will be held on February 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. in Garey Hall, Room 10A.

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