Black History Month kicks off Friday, Feb. 1 with a talk by educator, youth advocate and author Vijay Giles at 12:50 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.
Giles's talk, "Turning Your Stumbling Blocks into Stepping Stones," is free and open to the campus community and public.
Giles has more than 25 years of experience working with at-risk youth. She is an expert in urban education, STEM and alternative education, and is a staunch advocate for mental health awareness.
She is the author of Unusual L.e.m.o.n.a.d.e: The Art of Being a Woman is Knowing When Not to Be a Lady."
The President’s Office, Multicultural Affairs Office, Women's Union, Phenomenal Males and Campus Diversity Office are co-sponsoring the event.
Other campus events for Black History Month include a performance by Union's Heavenly Voices gospel choir Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. in Memorial Chapel.
Also, all day Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the Nott Memorial, Multicultural Affairs will host a Black History Mobile Museum featuring more than 200 artifacts, some dating to the slave era.
The Black Student Union will also host a number of events. Details to come.