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March 2023

​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.

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

March 2022

Celebrate women!

​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 FeminismIn 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

ODEIB B-Lounge

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



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?



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.

For this event, Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald moderates a panel discussion honoring Gloria Richardson's life and legacy. Learn about not only the history of Richardson's human rights' activism, but how her deeply meaningful impact endures into the present day.




Mar 22, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM 

B-Lounge Table Talk

Gender Roles and Identity

ODEIB B-Lounge 




February 2022

Black History Month-today and every day

​The Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (ODEIB) is excited to announce the programming we have planned for Black History Month in February.  See detailed information below!  
Black History Month events
Feb 01-07
Diversity Lounge Naming Competition 
DEIB lounge space 
The Office of DEI & Belonging Team has decided to open up a search for a new lounge name, and we want your help! The lounge should embody Cabrini's mission for social justice. The lounge could be named after an important historical figure, or it could be named something clever that flows with the office name (the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging). Join us in this search for the perfect name for our cozy lounge! Note: The seating space on the first floor of Widener near the bottom of the staircase is the current ODEIB Lounge. Fill out the Diversity Lounge Name Suggestions Survey by Monday, Feb 07! We will then have a campus-wide vote and the person's lounge name who wins will win a prize
Feb 08, 2PM 
Underground Railroad Table Dedication Ceremony at the Chapel
in collaboration w/ Campus Ministry
Underground Railroad Table Dedication Ceremony 
Vachel Catlin, who was born in 1814, traveled from the South to western Pennsylvania around 1834, prior to the Civil War, through the network known as the Underground Railroad.  The Underground Railroad was a network of diverse people offering shelter and aid to escaped, enslaved people from the South. Vachel’s family was able to bring with them only one piece of furniture: a small wooden table.  Vachel became a barber and opened up the first barbershop in West Newton, PA. His family's table has since had a prodigious journey of ownership through history-making barbers, black veterans, Bethel AME church members, a Catholic church and now, Cabrini University!  Join ODEIB and Campus Ministry in this dedication ceremony welcoming this historical piece to our campus. A new Cabrini tradition will also be announced - don't miss out!
Feb 10, 12-2PM
Black Businesses' Snack Giveaway at the Grill
in collaboration w/ Sodexo
Black-owned businesses from around the nation will have refreshments available for the Cabrini community. Make sure not to miss out on grabbing yours!
Feb 11, 11AM
African American Museum Tour in Washington, D.C.
Only 12 spots - sign up by Fri, 2/04!
National Museum of African American History and Culture 
Feb 15, 12PM 
Lounge Table Talk: Who Do You Say I Am?
A Conversation about the Power of Self-Definition
in the ODEIB Lounge, 1st Floor Widener
Lounge Table Talk - Who do you say I am? 

“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. 

Feb 16, 2PM
Community Common Hour ~ Black History 365: Is Black History Month Still Necessary?
Zoom event - REGISTER HERE
Is Black History Month still necessary?

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. 

Feb 21, 3:30PM
​Serving Up Food Justice
On-campus location to be announced
 Serving Up Food Justice
Feb 22, 12PM 
Lounge Table Talk: Let's Talk about Race!
A Conversation about the Impact of Racism in the 21st Century
in collaboration with the Black Student Union
in the ODEIB Lounge, 1st Floor Widener
Let's talk about race!

 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? 

Feb 25, 12PM 
An Interview and Presentation about *Black Joy*
featuring Dr. Angela Campbell, Vice President of Student Mission, DEI, and Student Engagement
Zoom event - REGISTER HERE
Black Joy
Hear Dr. Angela Campbell reflect on the power and breadth of *Black joy*!
Including collaborations with Sodexo.  *Stay tuned!*​ 

Any questions, please contact ODEIB Coordinator Jasmine Greene at jasmine.greene@cabrini.edu.


January 2022


MLK Virtual Day of ServiceMLK 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 sk10591@cabrini.edu.
  • 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 jasmine.greene@cabrini.edu.