DEIB Event Archives
The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODEIB) is excited to announce the programming we have planned for Black History Month.
- Black History Month Kickoff Event - What Does Liberation Mean to You?
Wednesday, February 1
3:15 to 4:30pm in the Bruckmann Chapel
Join us for a celebration of African American poetry, prose, prayers, and music
Music by Perry Brisbon, Adjunct Faculty
Poetry and prose by the Cabrini University Black Student Union and Poetry Club
- Common Hour - How Do We Get Free? Part 1
Wednesday, February 8
2 to 3pm in Iadarola Lecture Hall
Join us for a conversation with Professor Ron Whitaker and Lailah Dunbar, Director of ODEIB who will discuss the socio-spiritual foundation and future of equity, justice, and liberation.
- Blackout Poetry
Friday, February 10
11am to 1pm in theBE-Lounge (area between the ODEIB and SEaL)
Join us to compose your own poetry and decorate/design your pages inspired by famous African American authors, essayists, and poets.
- Trip to the National Museums, Washington, DC
Saturday, February 11
Schedule time to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture
- BE-Lounge Table Talk- Are Black Student’s Free to Be Themselves on College Campuses?
Wednesday, February 15
3:15 to 4:30pm in the BE-Lounge (area between the ODEIB and SEaL)
Join the Black Student Union for a conversation about what it means to be a Black student at a PWI.
- Melanin Within
Thursday, February 16
6 to 8pm in Grace Hall Atrium
Join the Black Student Union for a showcase of Black excellence. Explore the artistry of student designers, stylists, and entrepreneurs.
- Screening of I Am Not Your Negro
Tuesday, February 21
5:30 to 7:30pm in Widener Lecture Hall
Screening and discussion of the Academy Award Winning Documentary, I Am Not Your Negro. Join us for a screening and discussion of the film about James Baldwin, one of the most prolific thinkers of the 20th century.
- How Do We Get Free? Part 2
Wednesday, February 22
12 to 5pm in Grace Hall Multipurpose Room
Join us for a series of workshops that respond to the ongoing struggle, challenges, and consequences of Black Liberation.
- BSU Fashion Show: Drip or Drown!
Thursday, February 23
7:30 – 10pm in Grace Hall Atrium
The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODEIB) is excited to announce the programming we have planned for Women's History Month in March. See detailed information below!
Make sure to stop by the ODEIB offices - 1st floor of Widener next to the Campus Store - to pick up your free copy of the book Hood Feminism! In honor of Women's History Month, ODEIB and Academic Affairs will have a book club gathering at the end of the month.
Mar 1 - Mar 31
Women's History Month Art Display
Featuring artistic creations from Cabrini's very own professional studio design students led by Professor David Copestakes from the Visual and Performing Arts Department
Women’s History Month serves to commemorate and encourage the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history. Within that context, students' artwork will creatively educate, stimulate reflection, celebrate women, and engage viewers’ interest in and analysis of women's history. Students' designs include diverse styles and tones that reflect the diversity and intersectionality of women’s history, body image, identities and more. A key message ODEIB hopes is garnered from the art display is an appreciation for the beauty of diverse kinds of women and bodies as well as for the contributions of women to the world.
Mar 9, 2:00 - 3:00 PM
Common Hour Viewing Party
The Revolution of Body Image in Women's History
Iadarola Lecture Hall *FOOD PROVIDED*
Mar 10, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Painting Iconic Women Illustrations
In collaboration with SEaL
ODEIB B-Lounge/SEaL Hallway
Mar 15, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Human Connection and Conversation, featuring guest speaker Rob Lawless
In collaboration with Residence Life and SEaL
Online Zoom - REGISTER HERE
Rob Lawless started the Robs10kFriends project on Instagram, which has been featured in national press. His project is to spend at least an hour with 10,000 people; the project has ultimately become about diversity, inclusion, connection, and empathy. He's now speaking at universities and corporations across the country about his project and lessons learned, and he's eager to help people understand each other's backgrounds by teaching them the FORD framework and giving them space to practice it. Originally from Norristown, he now brings his expertise to Cabrini University to lead the campus community in identifying the benefits of human connection and approaching new connections with a proven framework for meaningful conversation. See details below!
Mar 17, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Honoring the Life of Gloria Richardson: What Does She Mean to You?
Online Zoom - REGISTER HERE
Many prominent and well-known figures greatly impacted the civil rights movement, but one of the most influential and unsung leaders of that period was Gloria Richardson. As the leader of the Cambridge Nonviolent Action Committee (CNAC), a multifaceted liberation campaign formed to target segregation and racial inequality in Cambridge, Maryland, Richardson advocated for economic justice and tactics beyond nonviolent demonstrations. Her philosophies and strategies—including her belief Black people had a right to self–defense—were adopted, often without credit, by many civil rights and Black power leaders and activists.
Mar 22, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
B-Lounge Table Talk
Gender Roles and Identity
Black Businesses' Snack Giveaway at the Grill
“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
― Audre Lorde
So much of what we believe about ourselves is a result of traditional, social, and cultural conditioning. These false narratives cause us to fit tightly into boxes that simply do not work. When we decide to define ourselves for ourselves, we discover an internal power that causes us to be more attractive, confident, and successful.
Established in February 1926 as Negro History Week by Carter G. Woodson to counter the unfortunate fact that African American contributions were “overlooked, ignored, and even suppressed by the writers of history textbooks and the teachers who use them,” Black History Month and its contemporary significance remain a widely debated subject.
Reflecting on the African proverb, “Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter", American history is understood from the perspective of the European settlers/conquerors. It mostly ignores the realities of the civilizations that preceded the settlers/conquerors, the legacy of those who were enslaved, and the challenges they faced on the journey to uphold their full humanity.
WEB Du Bois said, “The problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color-line.” In the 21st Century, is racism our most critical social justice issue?
Join us in the OBEIB Lounge for a conversation about what many activists, journalists, and historians believe persists as the most critical social justice issue of our time –RACISM. How does racism, which has existed since the “founding” of our nation, continue to affect us in all areas of human activity including education, employment, economics, healthcare housing, religion, and policing?
Any questions, please contact ODEIB Coordinator Jasmine Greene at email@example.com.
MLK Day of Service Online Kickoff Event
Register for the educational online kickoff event which will consist of spoken word performances and a panel discussion moderated by Lailah Dunbar, director of ODEIB, and featuring Zakia Gates, PhD, Joseph Fitzgerald, PhD, Nune Grigoryan, PhD, Ronald W. Whitaker II, EdD, and Kali Avans, EdD, who will engage attendees in informative and enlightening dialogue about Dr. King's legacy and the ways in which his vision aligns with the Cabrini mission.
Virtual Community Service
Participants will then transition to their selected virtual community service opportunitiy. To document your virtual service, take a picture capturing you in action and post it to your social media with the hashtag: #CabriniMLKDay. All service participants who document their service will receive their MLK Day of Service T-shirts after MLK Day by picking them up from the Wolfington Center. See some recommended service options below:
- Complete one of the virtual service opportunities at Volunteer Match.
- Participate in one of Teambuilding's online volunteering ideas.
- Clean out closets and donate clothes to local homeless or women’s shelters.
- Participate in Glamour Gals letter writing service opportunity. This Cabrini student club has had students writing cards and letters to a local retirement home as part of their club’s mission. Contact president Skyler Kellers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Participate in Charity Miles.
- Play games at Free Rice to support the World Food Programme.
- Register to vote!
- Become a Smithsonian Digital Volunteer to help make historical documents and biodiversity data more accessible.
***REMINDER: All service participants who document their participation will receive MLK Day of Service T-shirts! On social media, use the hashtag: #CabriniMLKDay! ***
If you have questions or need any other information, please contact Jasmine Greene at email@example.com.