UW-Green Bay to host Kwanzaa 2019: A celebration of self-determination

GREEN BAY, WIS. – The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Office of Student Life and the Black Student Union (BSU) welcomes the community to join together for a celebration of Kujichagulia (self-determination) at UW–Green Bay’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration! This year’s event will be held in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union on the Green Bay Campus, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. with free food and entertainment for all.

Delivering the keynote address this year is Robyn Davis, president and CEO of Brown County United Way, Green Bay, a community impact organization that unites people, ideas, and resources to create community solutions that strengthen every person and every community in Brown County.

Kwanzaa is an annual celebration of African and African-American culture and identity, based on the seven principles of African heritage. This year, we celebrate the principle of Kujichagulia, the principle of self-determination and the right of persons to speak for themselves and decide their own destiny. All are welcome to attend regardless of background, faith or culture, as we celebrate the commonalities and values that bring us together rather than the differences that drive us apart.

In addition to a dinner menu celebrating African and African-American heritage and cuisine, the Kwanzaa celebration will also feature a unique performance by the Appleton North Step Team. Local vendors and non-profit organizations will also be on hand with additional resources and information for attendees to view.

For more information about the Kwanzaa event or for media inquiries, please contact Bao Sengkhammee, multicultural advisor in the MESA office, at 920-465-2022 or at sengkhab@uwgb.edu. For more on MESA or the BSU, visit https://www.uwgb.edu/mesa/.

ABOUT MESA: The Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) office provides advising, services and activities that promote the academic success, personal growth and development of multiethnic students. MESA also conducts educational programs that enhance learning, promote respect and appreciation for racial and ethnic diversity. MESA supports the academic mission of UW-Green Bay and contributes to the development of a campus community dedicated to diversity of thought and experience. More information is available at https://www.uwgb.edu/mesa/.

ABOUT BLACK STUDENT UNION: The Black Student Union (BSU) at UW-Green Bay celebrates and supports the Black experience through academic and social support, developing cultural awareness and discussing both historical and contemporary achievements and challenges throughout Black history. More information is available at https://www.uwgb.edu/mesa/student-orgs/black-student-union/.

ABOUT UW-GREEN BAY STUDENT LIFE: UW-Green Bay Student Life is dedicated to promoting student engagement and involvement through programming and the support of on-campus student organizations that empower students to create a unique extracurricular experience. More information is available at https://www.uwgb.edu/student-life/.

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