Events

 

The Black Cultural Center sponsors academic, artistic, cultural, career development, and leadership workshops and activities.

Spring 2016 Events

Black History Month at UWM uwm.edu/blackhistorymonth

Black History Month at UWM is coordinated by a committee of campus stakeholders who plan a variety of events throughout February in recognition and celebration of the history, culture and contributions of people of African descent in the United States.

Click here to download a PDF calendar of events (Coming Soon!).

Free Nachos! w/ BSU | 2/1 | 12-2pm | Union 1st Floor

Enjoy some free nachos and celebrate the beginning of Black History Month with the Black Student Union. Learn about upcoming events for the month!

For more information, contact Anita Mogaka, BSU VP: 414.939.5278 / anitamogaka@bsumke.org.

Black Professionals Networking Event |  2/1 | 6-8pm | UWM Hefter Center, 3271 N. Lake Drive

An opportunity for students to network amongst Black professionals, including individuals in corporate America, public officials, nonprofit representatives and more community stakeholders.

For more information, contact Anita Mogaka, BSU VP: 414.939.5278 / anitamogaka@bsumke.org.

UWM Panther Pride Saves Lives Blood Drive: Keeping the Memories Alive of Those Who Sacrificed Before Us | 10am-4pm | Union Ballroom

Help UWM’s Black Cultural Center and the Blood Center of Wisconsin save lives by donating blood. Refreshments will be provided. Appointments are encouraged and can be scheduled at www.bcw.edu/uwm or by calling 877-232-4376.

For more information, contact Victoria Pryor, Black Cultural Center: 414.229.5566 / bcc-staff@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM Black Cultural Center, African American Student Academic Services, Black Student Union and the UWM African American Alumni Chapter.

Taste of Africa | 2/3 | 12-1:30pm | Union Ballroom

Kick off Black History Month with a taste of African history and culture. The event will include traditional music and dance.

For more information, contact Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Department of Africology: 414.229.5084 / mitchelg@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the Department of Africology and Black Student Union.

11th Annual African American Film Series presents “Straight Outta Compton” | 2/4 | 6:30pm | Union Cinema

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“You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.” In 1987, five young men from Compton began channeling their frustration and anger about life in the hood into the most powerful weapon they had: music. With raw talent, brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, band members Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, DJ Yella and MC Ren revolutionized music and pop culture while stirring controversy as the groundbreaking and rebellious N.W.A. Directed by F. Gary Gray, the film is the all-time highest grossing music biopic ever made. (2015, 147 minutes, rated R)

Followed by a post-film discussion.

For more information, contact Claudia Guzman, Sociocultural Programming: 414-228-6998 / guzmanc@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.

11th Annual African American Film Series presents “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets” & “Mothers for Justice” | 2/8 | 7pm | Union Cinema

These two films depict intimate stories of unnecessary loss and frame a discussion around the importance of the #blacklivesmatter movement, both globally and locally.

3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015, 98 minutes) delves into the aftermath of the murder of 17-year-old Jordan Davis and the trial of Michael Dunn who, in 2012, shot Davis repeatedly at a Florida gas station for playing his music too loudly. This riveting documentary explores the danger of Florida’s Stand Your Ground self-defense laws by weaving the trial with citizen and pundit opinions and Davis’ parents’ gut-wrenching experiences in and out of the courtroom. Directed by Marc Silver, the film won a Special Jury Award for Social Impact at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Mothers for Justice (2015, 16 minutes) brings the conversation home to Milwaukee. After her son, Dontre, is shot 14 times and killed by a Milwaukee Police Officer in a popular downtown park, Maria Hamilton attempts to rally grieving mothers from across the country to join her in a Million Moms March on Washington D.C. Directed by Erik Ljung, the film won the inaugural Brico Forward Fund award at the 2015 Milwaukee Film Festival.

Followed by a post-film discussion.

For more information, contact Claudia Guzman, Sociocultural Programming: 414-228-6998 / guzmanc@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.

Black Wall Street Workshop – “Black Wealth” | 2/9 | 6pm | Union 240

Are you living paycheck to paycheck, counting down the days until your next direct deposit? If so, you’re not alone. This is an opportunity for you to learn how to build and improve wealth in the Black community.

For more information, contact Anita Mogaka, BSU VP: 414.939.5278 / anitamogaka@bsumke.org.

Black Lives Matter Discussion | 2/10 | 12pm | Wisconsin Room

Join us for discussion examining the Black Lives Matter movement and the state of race relations in society today. This discussion will feature a unique interactive portion.

For more information, contact Anita Mogaka, BSU VP: 414.939.5278 / anitamogaka@bsumke.org.

Lyrical Sanctuary featuring Nicole Shantè White | 2/10 | 8-10pm | Fireside Lounge

Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, live music and art, and YOU! For the past 14 years, Lyrical Sanctuary has brought students and community members together to share their passion for poetry, music, art, and creative self-expression. Prior to each performance, the featured artist leads a creative writing workshop (7pm, Inclusive Excellence Center / Union 198) open to anyone willing to put their pen to the page.

This month’s feature, Nicole Shantè White, is a silent cacophony. The quiet one yo mama warned you about. She is a cluster of Midwest accents and Southern hospitality. Nicole has spent the past eight years sharpening her craft by participating in the slam poetry scene, studying poetry at the university level, and teaching creative writing to middle and high school students. Nicole’s work compasses her experiences as a queer womyn of color on a continuous journey of healing. She hates wearing shoes, loves pancakes with crispy edges, and is still trying to figure out when a handshake is more appropriate than a hug. She currently resides on the east coast where enjoys eating dollar pizza and watching people fall asleep on the subway.

For more information, contact Michaela Murry, Sociocultural Programming: 414-229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming.

11th Annual African American Film Series in Partnership with the Festival of Films in French presents “Port-au-Prince, Dimanche 4 janvier” | 2/15 | 7pm | Union Cinema

It is the day of the bicentennial of the Declaration of Independence of Haiti. President Aristide prepares to celebrate this major event – his supporters are mobilized, but for months, students and popular demonstrations have protested against the dictatorship, and a confrontation is likely. Two brothers – Lucien, 22 and Ezechiel aka Little Joe, 15 – will take different paths. Based on the novel Bicentenaire by Lyonel Trouillot. (2015, 120 minutes)

Followed by a post-film discussion.

For more information, contact Sarah Cordova: cordovas@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming; the Department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature; and the Union Cinema.

Black Veterans Panel | 2/17 | 6-7:30pm | Fireside Lounge

This panel discussion will explore the role of African Americans in the military throughout history as well as the experiences of local African American veterans.

For more information, contact Gladys Mitchell-Walthour, Department of Africology: 414.229.5084 / mitchelg@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the Department of Africology and Black Student Union.

History, Cuisine & Culture: Exploring Black Milwaukee – A Field Trip | 2/19 | 10am-3:30pm | Off-campus

In honor of Black History Month, let’s get off-campus to explore the rich history and promising future of Milwaukee’s Black community. We’ll tour the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, enjoy lunch at Daddy’s Soul Food Restaurant and spend the afternoon with members of the Bronzeville Arts Ensemble, a new theatre company dedicated to illuminating the Black experience in the U.S.

For UWM students only. Registration required. Lunch included!

For more information and to register, contact Megan DuFrane, Sociocultural Programming: 414-229-3894 / sociocul@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming, Black Student Union, the Department of Africology and the Black Cultural Center.

The Distinguished Lecture Series and Geek Week present LeVar Burton – From Roots to Reading Rainbow: The Power of Stories | 2/24 | 7pm | Wisconsin Room

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For complete details, visit dls.uwm.edu.

11th Annual African American Film Series presents “Romeo is Bleeding” | 2/25 | 7pm | Union Cinema

As the nation wrestles with proper policing methods and curbing gun violence, Romeo Is Bleeding shows viewers a world where the arts offers a powerful alternative to these challenges. The film follows a year in the life of Donte Clark, a spoken word artist from Richmond, California, who leads a cast of high school students in rewriting and performing an adaptation of “Romeo and Juliet.” These young artists delve deep into the complex socioeconomic, cultural and historical issues driving the violence in their own city as well as the health and safety concerns affecting their everyday lives. (2015, 93 minutes)

Followed by a post-film discussion.

For more information, contact Claudia Guzman, Sociocultural Programming: 414-229-6998 / guzmanc@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming and the Union Cinema.

Milwaukee Art Museum Tour of Haitian Art | 2/26 | 1-3:30pm | Off-campus

Join us for a visit to the Milwaukee Art Museum for a tour of one of the world’s foremost collections of 20th century Haitian art. UWM student ID required.

For more information, contact Linda Corbin-Pardee, Student Involvement: 414-229-3111 / lcpardee@uwm.edu. Sponsored by Student Involvement’s Union Art Gallery and Sociocultural Programming.

The Black Student Union MKE presents the 2nd Annual Black History Ball* & Fashion Show | 2/26 | 7pm | Union Ballroom

You are cordially invited to the 2016 2nd Annual Black History Ball sponsored by The Black Student Union MKE. The 2016 Black History Ball will be UWM’S premiere Black History celebration amongst the students, faculty and staff. The event will include a Black History themed Fashion Show followed by a reception/social event. *Formal dress code. RSVP required at bsumke.org.

For more information, contact Anita Mogaka, BSU VP: 414.939.5278 / anitamogaka@bsumke.org.

Sisters Like Me | 2/29 | 6-8pm | Fireside Lounge

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Following a series of dynamic programs honoring Black History Month, we join together at this event to celebrate, inspire and support UWM women students of African descent. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Sue McCarthy, Women’s Resource Center: 414-229-2852 / wmncntr@uwm.edu. Sponsored by the UWM Black Cultural Center, Sociocultural Programming and the UWM Women’s Resource Center.

Sister Talk

February 17th, March 2nd & 30th, April 13th & 27th
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Women’s Resource Center (Union WG93)

Sister talk is a multicultural discussion group for women-identified students of color and their allies. Come when you can, stay for a little bit or the whole time! This is a healing and nourishing space just for you, to share time for personal growth, supporting each other, fun, and sisterhood. Snacks will be served.

Intersections Film Series
March 23rd, April 6th & 20th @ 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Films TBD
Women’s Resource Center (Union WG93

GRE Informational Session
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
UWM Lubar School of Business S191
Registration requested but not required
https://uwm.hobsonsradius.com/ssc/eform/Md8k0kGd686G0x670R3O.ssc

Anxiety Workshop (Getting Prepared for FINALS)
Tuesday, April 19th 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 20th  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
UWM Bolton Hall Room 196

Job Fairs.

Career Fairs

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Thursday, March 3, 2016 – Diversity Fair

  • 11am – 2pm, UWM Union Wisconsin Room

Thursday, April 21st – Spring All Majors Fair

  • 2pm-6pm, UWM Union Wisconsin Room

Thursday, September 8th, 2016 – Student Part-Time Jobs, Internships & Campus Resource Fair

  • 10am – 2:30pm, UWM Union Ballroom

Thursday, October 6th, 2016 – Fall All Majors Career Fair

  • 11am – 2pm, UWM Union Wisconsin Room

Black History Month Activities

Graduation

2015-2016 African American Student
Graduation Reception and Program
December/Winterim
December 11, 2015
12:00-4:00 p.m. in Bolton 196

May/August Graduates
Friday May 6th, 2016
5:30pm– 7:30pm
Student Union First Floor
Alumni Fireside Lounge
2200 E. Kenwood Blvd

Workshops

Career Development Workshops
Leadership Development Workshops
Study Abroad Workshops
Academic Workshops
Cultural Workshops
Ronald McNair Workshops

Future Events