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*This will be updated continuously as more events and training are scheduled. All events will take place during the Common Hour unless otherwise noted.

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February 2021

Things to Know for February

Celebrate Black History Month with Holy Spirit Library by viewing our newly launched Lib Guide. Learn more about those who have made a great impact on the University through Black academic, athletic, and community leadership and excellence at Cabrini University. This site also displays texts, films, and journals that highlight Black culture, scholarship, and the arts; upcoming Common Hour events; and resources for Cabrini's BIPOC community. Come learn more about what makes Cabrini a place that continues to unite diverse individuals.                                                                                                                                       

The Office of University Diversity Initiatives is running its Social Media Campaign. Checks out our Social Media every day to learn more about Black African American History! 

Cabrini SAAC and Cabrini Athletics will be celebrating Black History Month throughout February via social media. There will be weekly graphics featuring photos and quotes from Student-Athletes. In these quotes' students will speak a bit on topics like their background, what it means to be a black student-athlete, and why they chose to represent Cabrini. For more information and to follow the Social Media campaign, visit the Cabrini Athletics website by clicking here. 

Student auditions for The Black Artist Showcase held on Friday, February 26th will happen on Monday, February 8; Wednesday, February 10 and Friday, February 12th. For more information go to the SEaL Eventbrite page 



Black Table Talk!  

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 6 pm  

Zoom (see flyer for details) Sponsored by SEaL 

Join current Black/African-American students, alumni, faculty, and staff voices for an authentic virtual conversation about Black/African-American culture, history, and issues surrounding our community.  

Moving from Being a Non-Racist to an Anti-Racist program  

Monday, February 8, 2021, starting at 4:30 pm  

Sponsored by: OUDI and LEADStrong 

This interactive program helps participants understand not only the meaning and understanding of what a non-racist and an anti-racist is but more importantly how we could move to a call of action to address racism in many different forms (ranging from comments/verbal to institutional and systemic racism). 

Storytelling Brutality: The Lived Experiences of Black Men in the Face of Police Excess Use of Force and Abuse of Power 

Wednesday, February 10, 2021, starting at 2:00 pm 

Zoom: Contact Anton Shufutinskyas4363@cabrini.edu 

Sponsored by: Leadership and Organization Development Department 

In these turbulent times of the pandemic, economic downturn, political upheaval, and racial injustice, this study provides rich, detailed, and powerful stories of police brutality, abuse of power, and harassment. It furthers the stories that we are becoming accustomed to in the media by exploring the stories of police harassment and brutality that do not necessarily lead to death or near-death, but of the day-to-day experiences of Black Men in their interactions with law enforcement throughout the lifespan, from childhood to middle-age. This study provides vivid accounts that contribute to the knowledge in the literature, but also contribute to the learning of the Cabrini University population from the perspective of the interests of the University in Social Justice and Social Action. 

ZuZu Acrobats Virtual Experience  

Thursday, February 11, 2021, at 8 pm  

Zoom (please see flyer for link details)  

Sponsored by: CAP Board & Neumann University  

In celebration of Black History Month, we are bringing you a live virtual performance of the ZuZu Acrobats, a five-person Kenyan acrobatic show, which will embody the Bantu culture of East Africa. The experience will feature pyramid building, limbo, chair balancing, comedy, contortion and much more! 

Showing of Just Mercy with Dialogue  

Monday, February 15, 2021, starting at 8:00 pm  

Widener Lecture Hall  

Sponsored by: BSU and OUDI  

Based on a true story this movie focuses on a young law student graduate. After graduating from Harvard, Bryan Stevenson heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned or those not afforded proper representation. One of his first cases is that of Walter McMillian, who is sentenced to die in 1987 for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite evidence proving his innocence. In the years that follow, Stevenson encounters racism and legal and political maneuverings as he tirelessly fights for McMillian's life. After the review of the movie, there will be an open discussion.  

Check out the trailer by clicking here. 

Reimagining Liberation: How Black Women Transformed Citizenship in the French Empire  

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, starting at 7:00 pm  

Sponsored by: Center on Immigration  

Black women living in the French empire played a key role in the decolonial movements of the mid-twentieth century. Thinkers and activists, these women lived lives of commitment and risk that landed them in war zones and concentration camps and saw them declared enemies of the state. Annette K. Joseph-Gabriel mines published writings and untapped archives to reveal the anticolonialist endeavors of seven women. Though often overlooked today, Suzanne Césaire, Paulette Nardal, Eugénie Éboué-Tell, Jane Vialle, Andrée Blouin, Aoua Kéita, and Eslanda Robeson took part in a forceful transnational movement. Their activism and thought challenged France's imperial system by shaping forms of citizenship that encouraged multiple cultural and racial identities. Expanding the possibilities of belonging beyond national and even Francophone borders, these women imagined new pan-African and pan-Caribbean identities informed by black feminist intellectual frameworks and practices. The visions they articulated also shifted the idea of citizenship itself, replacing a single form of collective identity and political participation with an expansive plurality of forms of belonging.  

Dark Skin, Light Skin, MELANIN! 

Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5pm-8pm 

Widener Lecture Hall & The Grille Area (event will also be live-streamed)  

Sponsored by: BSU, SEaL, OUDI 

Join the office of BSU, SEal, and OUDI for an evening of celebration and demonstration of Black/African-American hair, skin, beauty care, music, and entrepreneurship. The first 50 students in attendance will receive a personalized hoodie that celebrates Black History and culture! 

A Week of Service

February 22, 2021-February 25, 2021

Sponsored by the Office of University Diversity Initiatives, BSU, and LEADStrong

This week of service starting on Monday, February 22, 2021. The service will be making blankets and scarfs for several shelters. Interested individuals will pick up a packet to make a blanket or scarfs from the Office of University Diversity Initiatives and then return it back to UDI by Thursday, February 25, 2021, by 12:00 pm (noon) so it could be delivered later that day.

“The Black Aesthetic”

February. 22, 2021 6-7pm (EST)

Zoom link to follow

Sponsored by: Cabrini Black Studies/Department of History and Political Science/OUDI and Visual + Performing Arts Department

One-on-one talk between Mr. Marlon West, VFX Supervisor at Walt Disney Animation Studios, and Dr. Joseph R. Fitzgerald Monday, February 22, 2021, starting at 6:00 pm EST/3:00 pm PST

Black History Month Live in the GRILLE!

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 3 pm-6 pm

The Grille Area

Sponsored by: OUDI & SEaL

Join the OUDI and SEaL Offices for a Black History Month Green Screen Photo Booth and other live activities to celebrate Black History Month.

Encountering God in the Margins with speakers Aiden Donaldson and Chitalu Chishimba

Wednesday, February 24, 2021, starting at 2:00 pm

Sponsored by: Center for Global Learning

This event plans to shed light on the partnership and work between Cabrini University, Project Zambia, and Vision of Hope. Education students continue the partnership to work with faculty and students at St. Lawrence School, while business students continue to work with Vision of Hope to grow their craft business first started in March 2019.

Black Artist Showcase Featuring Violinist T-Ray

Friday, February 26, 2021, at 8 pm

Widener Lecture Hall as well as Zoom

Sponsored by: BSU and CAP Board

BSU & CAP Board are hosting Black Artist Showcase to celebrate the many talents of our Black/African American students as part of Black History Month. Auditions will take place virtually the week of February 8th. Anyone can watch and support these talented students: a limited number of students can enjoy the show in-person and everyone else can watch the live stream.

(im)migration Book Talk Series  

March 17, 2021 at 7:00pm 

Amada Armenta book talk, Protect, Serve, and Deport: The Rise of Policing as Immigration Enforcement. 

Registration Opening Soon 

Protect, Serve, and Deport exposes the on-the-ground workings of local immigration enforcement in Nashville, Tennessee. Between 2007 and 2012, Nashville’s local jail participated in an immigration enforcement program called 287(g), which turned jail employees into immigration officers who identified over ten thousand removable immigrants for deportation. The vast majority of those identified for removal were not serious criminals, but Latino residents arrested by local police for minor violations. Protect, Serve, and Deport explains how local politics, state laws, institutional policies, and police practices work together to deliver immigrants into an expanding federal deportation system, conveying powerful messages about race, citizenship, and belonging. 

Paper Tigers Virtual Movie Screening 

April 7, 2021: 7:00pm 

Zoom Link: bit.ly/3fOvyFL 

Join the Jordan Center for a virtual screening of the movie Paper Tigers. We will have a live Q&A with the Principal featured in the film, Jim Sporleder. Paper Tigers follows a year in the life of an alternative high school that has radically changed its approach to disciplining and working with its students, becoming a promising model for how to break the cycles of poverty, violence, and disease that affect families.  

Participants will receive a personal link to view the movie 48 hours prior to the live Q&A. Please be ready to join the live discussion with Jim Sporleder on April 7 at 7 pm via Zoom. Space is limited. Reserve your viewing spot today. 

April 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM 
Registration Opening Soon   

Alina Das book talk,  No Justice in the Shadows: How America Criminalizes Immigrants 

Each year in the United States, 400,000 people are arrested, detained, and deported, trapped in what leading immigrant rights activist and lawyer Alina Das calls the 'deportation machine.' They are people who politicians like President Trump would have us believe are 'bad hombres.' But while we're debating border walls, travel bans, child detention, and quotas, these individuals are banished from their homes, their families, and their communities, and by a country that celebrates itself as a 'nation of immigrants.' As Das explains in her urgent book, we cannot break the pattern of the abuse and marginalization of immigrants in the U.S. until we understand fully how the system works. And in this country, that means understanding how racism and criminalization intersect to doubly punish communities of color. Das traces the history of immigration policy, showing how its evolution has always been linked to racist exclusion. Combining these systems exacerbates the flaws in both-and when 1 in 3 Americans has a criminal record, millions are caught in the crosshairs. Das weaves the history of immigration with moving narratives of those who have been caught up in the deportation machine, including Aba, a hardworking mother of four young children; Ely, a survivor of the crack epidemic in the 1980s; and Alonso, a DACA recipient. In deconstructing the 'criminal alien' narrative, No Justice in the Shadows offers an essential path forward: an inclusive immigration policy premised on human dignity, due process, and respect for all people.  

Training Sessions by Request

Bystander Intervention Training 

At Cabrini University, we strengthen our Cavalier Community by educating our students to appreciate a “Culture of Respect”. Bystander Intervention Training gives our students the skills to interrupt behaviors so they can prevent sexual assault, sexual violence, relationship violence, rape, and stalking through proactive and reactive strategies. 

For more information, please contact José Rodriguez at jr3392@cabrini.edu.

Moving from Being a Non-Racist to an Anti-Racist Program 

This interactive program helps participants understand not only the meaning and understanding of what a non-racist and an anti-racist is but more importantly how we could move to a call of action to address racism in many different forms (ranging from comments/verbal to institutional and systemic racism). 

For more information, please contact José Rodriguez at jr3392@cabrini.edu. 

Safe Zone Training 

This is a workshop created to raise visibility about the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQ+) population. This campus-wide program will focus on understanding specified issues facing the LGBTQ+ students and becoming more aware of the various LGBTQ+ resources on the Cabrini University campus. 

Staff and faculty who are interested in becoming better allies for LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) students and co-workers are encouraged to sign up for Safe Zone Training. 

For more information, please contact José Rodriguez at jr3392@cabrini.edu.


The Office of University Diversity Initiatives is a proud supporter of Cabrini’s LEADStrong. In collaboration with LEADStrong, UDI offers workshops on topics such as diversity, equity, inclusion, power, privilege, and more! Typical workshops range from 60-90 minutes and can be found on the LEADStrong Calendar.

For more information, please visit LEADStrong’s website 

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