Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and the members of the Black Diaspora. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month.
The theme for 2023 focuses on Black Excellence: Limitless, Boundless, and Selfless. This theme acknowledges that the history of the African diaspora in the United States is not solely confined to conventional forms of success and is boundless. The theme emphasizes communal care, achievement despite significant barriers, and the endless potential of Black and African American people in the United States.
The Black History Month Committee and the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness are excited to commemorate the theme for this year’s celebration. Please choose to explore the many opportunities throughout the month to get connected. Understanding that February can be a difficult start to the semester, we've created opportunities for education to pair with engagement. We hope to see you at some of our virtual and in-person options.
We are committed to providing a comfortable, inclusive, and respectful environment for all members of our community. If you have any accommodation needs or information you feel would be helpful for us to serve you better, we invite you to share it with us directly.
Consult the calendar of events on this page throughout the month to learn about the individual programs. All are welcome to learn and engage.
Click on individual events below for information on how to participate in these programs..
Events will be recorded with the consent of the presenters. Programs will be rescheduled in the event of university delays or closures, with updated information posted to the event listings below.
Fitchburg State Representation at the Yale Black Solidarity Conference
Thursday, February 2 - Saturday, February 4
A delegation of student representatives from the Black Student Union and the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness will be representing Fitchburg State University at the Yale Black Solidarity Conference. If interested in future trips through the Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness, please follow our Instagram account.
Black History Month Events
- Junior Peña, Director for Student Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Initiatives
- Ashaunti Gordon, President for the Black Student Union
- Nana Kumah, President for the African Student Union
- Jonathan Harvey, Humanities/School of Arts
- Carolyn Hughes, Education Department
- Patricia Kio, Engineering Technology/School of Health and Natural Sciences
- Claire Kramer, Counseling Services