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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Kwanzaa celebration, Dec. 7, 2019 in Phoenix Rooms

UW-Green Bay Multi Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Black Student Union and Office of Student Life are extending a welcome to everyone to attend the Kwanzaa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms. This is a free family event. There will be entertainment by Appleton North Step team, food and keynote speaker Robyn Davis from Brown County United Way. If you have any questions, please contact multicultural advisor Bao Sengkhammee at sengkhab@uwgb.edu.

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Save the date: Kwanzaa Celebration Dec. 7

Please save the date for this year’s Kwanzaa Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms. This is a free, family friendly event; all are welcome! Entertainment and food will be included. The event is hosted by Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Black Student Union (BSU) and the Office of Student Life (OSL). If you have any questions, please contact Bao Sengkhammee at sengkhab@uwgb.edu.

Reminder: Upcoming Black History Month events

UW-Green Bay has a few more Black History Month events coming up, including:

  • WI Pre-Law Diversity Day: Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Students are invited to attend the 7th Annual Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School.
  • Milwaukee 53206 Film: Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in UW-Green Bay’s Christie Theatre. Watch Milwaukee 53206, which chronicles the lives of those living in the zip code with the highest percentage of incarcerated black men in America – up to 62%.
  • BlacKkKlansman, Film Screening and Discussion: Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019 in the Christie Theatre,  with film beginning at 4 p.m. and discussion taking place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Based on actual events in the midst of the 1970s Civil Rights Movement, the film depicts an African American police officer who infiltrates a local chapter of the Ku Klux Klan and convinces his Jewish colleague to go undercover as a white supremacist.

Learn more about all of these events.

UW-Green Bay celebrates Black History Month beginning this week

GREEN BAY, Wis — The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will be celebrating Black History Month with a full schedule of activities including a Soul Food Luncheon, Saturday, Feb. 2. Some of the other events are highlighted, below. For more, see www.uwgb.edu/bhm.

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UW-Green Bay’s 2019 Black History Month Celebration Kick-Off Event will be taking place on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the 1965 Room, located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. Nationally known spoken word artist, writer, educator, organizer and motivational speaker Kwabena Antoine Nixon will give an interactive performance. Additionally, those in attendance will have the opportunity to hear from UW-Green Bay Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, Eric Arneson, meet and network with multicultural college students, staff and faculty and local Green Bay community leaders. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. No RVSP is needed.

Black History Month activities will begin on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 with the annual UW-Green Bay Black Student Union Soul Food Luncheon, which will take place from noon to 3 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms located in UW-Green Bay’s University Union. The event will educate and celebrate Black Womyn’s influence, leadership and contributions to history and feature Robyn Oguinye, news reporter, anchor and producer of WFRV TV Local 5 (Wearegreenbay.com) news.

On Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, the Study Abroad Fair will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms and provide an opportunity to learn more about studying at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the U.S. The 4thAnnual Diversity Discovery Free Day will be on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 at the Building for Kids Children’s Museum in Appleton, WI from noon to 5 p.m. This free, family-oriented event is designed to increase awareness and understanding of diversity. Also offered on Sunday, Feb. 10 is the opportunity to explore Green Bay from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. by taking the Legendary Tour of Lambeau and visiting the Neville Museum for a guided tour of the exhibit “Delay of Game: Experience of African American Football Players in Titletown.”

The Inclusivity & Equity: Certificate Program will be held Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in the World Unity B Room located in the University Union.

Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 will be WI Pre-Law Day, in which students are invited to attend the 7thAnnual Wisconsin Statewide Pre-Law Diversity Day, hosted by the University of Wisconsin Law School and Marquette University Law School. This will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. A screening of the film Milwaukee 53206 will be held in the Christie Theatre from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. A screening and discussion on the film BlacKkKlansman will take place in the Christie Theatre on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. The film will be shown starting at 4 p.m. and the discussion will be from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

About the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is a comprehensive public institution offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs to more than 8,000 students with campus locations in Green Bay, Marinette, Manitowoc and Sheboygan. Established in 1965 on the border of Green Bay, the University and its campuses are centers of cultural enrichment, innovation and learning. The Green Bay campus is home to one of the Midwest’s most prolific performing arts centers, a nationally recognized 4,000-seat student recreation center, an award-winning nine-hole golf course and a five-mile recreational trail and arboretum, which is free and open to the public. This four-campus University transforms lives and communities through student-focused teaching and research, innovative learning opportunities, powerful connections and a problem-solving approach to education. UW-Green Bay’s main campus is centrally located, close to both the Door County resort area and the dynamic economies of Northeast Wisconsin, the Fox Valley region and the I-43 corridor. UW-Green Bay offers in-demand programs in science, engineering and technology; business; health, education and social welfare; and arts, humanities and social sciences. For more information, visit www.uwgb.edu.

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Black Student Union to celebrate ‘Black womyn’ at Soul Food Luncheon, Feb. 2

The UW-Green Bay Black Student Union (BSU) will celebrate Black womyn at the 2019 annual Soul Food Luncheon, Saturday, Feb. 2 from Noon to 3 p.m. in the Phoenix Rooms, University Union. This program will educate and celebrate the Black womyn through songs and performances featuring Local 5 reporter, Robyn Oguinye. All are welcome. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. A light lunch will be provided.

 

Reminder: UW-Green Bay to host Kwanzaa Celebration this Saturday (Dec. 8)

Kwanzaa 2018: A Celebration of Unity will be held in the University Union Phoenix Rooms on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Diversity Task Force, Office of Student Life and the Black Student Union (BSU), this free and public event will provide free food and entertainment for all. The guest keynote speaker is Eddie Moore, Jr. Ph.D, who will share his story of unity. Learn more.

UW-Green Bay to host Kwanzaa 2018: A Celebration of Unity, Dec. 8

GREEN BAY – In a time of fraction and discord, the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), Diversity Task Force, Office of Student Life and the Black Student Union (BSU) welcome the community to join together for a celebration of umoja (unity) at UW–Green Bay’s annual Kwanzaa Celebration! This year’s event will be held in the University Union Phoenix Rooms on Dec. 8, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with free food and entertainment for all.

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 umoja, an attempt to strive for and maintain unity in the family, community and nation. 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.

Delivering the keynote address this year is Eddie Moore, Jr. Ph.D. Moore is the founder of America & MOORE, an organization that provides comprehensive diversity and cultural competency trainings and workshops for schools, businesses and other organizations around the world. He has presented at national and international conferences on issues of diversity, youth, community, cultural competency and more.

In addition to a lunch menu celebrating African and African-American heritage and cuisine, the Kwanzaa celebration will also feature unique performances ranging from spoken word poetry to dance to singing. Local vendors and non-profit organizations will also be on hand with additional resources, information, and unique products and opportunities for giving.

For more information about the Kwanzaa event or for media inquiries, please contact Rosa Serrano, multicultural advisor in the MESA office at 920-465-2522 or at serranor@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 multi-ethnic 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 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/.

About Diversity Task Force:

The Diversity Task Force is a campus committee dedicated to educating and informing the UW-Green Bay campus community about diversity and inclusive excellence initiatives on campus through programming, providing resources, and collaborating with campus departments, student organizations, and community partners. More information is available at https://www.uwgb.edu/diversity-task-force/.

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