Black History Month at UWM

Black History Month at UWM is coordinated by a committee of campus stakeholders who plan a variety of programs throughout February in order to recognize and celebrate the history, culture and contributions of people of African descent in the United States.

This publication is sponsored by UWM Union Sociocultural Programming. Contributors include:

  • Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Black Student Cultural Center
  • Black Lens MKE
  • Department of African & African Diaspora Studies
  • Inclusive Excellence Center
  • Lubar Entrepreneurship Center
  • Sociocultural Programming
  • UWM Career Planning & Resource Center
  • UWM Multi-Cultural Centers
  • UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium
  • UWM Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC)
  • Union Cinema
  • Woman’s Resource Center


Courageous Conversations
2 Feb | Networking
12:00pm-1:00pm | Virtual via Collaborate Ultra

Join us for our first Courageous Conversations of the semester! Gather with other UWM students to discuss and share your thoughts on Representation Matters! Student will receive a link to join upon registration. Register here: Representation Matters.

For more information contact Kiara L. Rosado, Sociocultural Programming:  

Sponsored by the Inclusive Excellence Center & Sociocultural Programming 

Stars, Stories, and Rhythms of Africa
3 Feb  | Stargazing & Performance 6:00-7:00 pm | Online via Facebook Live

Celebrate Black History Month with a cosmic twist! Experience cultural perspectives across Africa and live storytelling with special guest speaker Venice Williams. Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming. This free event takes place on Facebook Live. Sign up at

For more information, please contact Jean Creighton, UWM Manfred Olson Planetarium:

Black LGBTQ Activism in Brazil
4 Feb | Panel Discussion
3:00-4:00pm | Virtual 

Marco Antonio Fera is an Afro-Brazilian actor and YouTuber who will speak about Black LGBTQ activism in Brazil.

For more information contact Gladys L Mitchell-Walthour, Dept. of African and African Diaspora Studies:  

Sponsored by the Department of African American Studies, Black Student Cultural Center and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Lyrical Sanctuary: February Edition 
10 Feb | Live Spoken Word Poetry
7:00-8:00pm | Virtual via IG LIVE

Lyrical Sanctuary is UWM’s monthly open mic night, featuring standout spoken word artists, music, art, and YOU! Now in its eighteenth season, Lyrical Sanctuary has brought students and community members together to share their passion for poetry, music, art, and creative self-expression. Join us on IG Live (@uwmsociocul) with our amazing MC Brit Nicole and DJ Bizzon to share your creative expression and hear from our February feature! Interesting in performing? Register for the open mic!

For more information, contact Kiara Rosado, Sociocultural Programming at

Sponsored by Sociocultural Programming

Virtual Social Good Morning: Victoria Ibiwoye
12 Feb | Talk series
9:00-10:30am | Virtual via Zoom

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On this virtual installment of Social Good Morning, we’ve invited UWM Masters of Sustainable Peacebuilding student, Victoria Ibiwoye, Founder and Director of OneAfricanChild Foundation.

Social Good Morning is a talk series hosted by our very own Entrepreneur-in-Residence of Social Innovation, Mark Fairbanks. LEC invites one local social innovator per month to have a short interview with Mark and then an open-format discussion, fielding questions from the audience about their strategies and passions. Topics of conversation range from poverty to sustainability to inclusivity and beyond. Join us for this fantastic opportunity to hear from and chat with a Milwaukee community professional and forge meaningful connections with a multidisciplinary audience of faculty, community members, and students alike. Join us and learn more about what it takes to become a social innovator in Milwaukee.

Victoria Ibiwoye, Founder and Director of OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning, Youth Representative to the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee, to talk about addressing inequality in education, and the need for quality and inclusive education for all. Victoria has spoken at the United Nations, was named as 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the African Youth Awards in 2017 and 2018, was named as a Mandela Washington Fellow in 2019, and was the recipient of the Princess Diana Legacy Award for her contribution to education and youth development. Join us for an insightful discussion around inclusive education, calling on governments to enforce the right to education in national laws, and to learn more about Victoria’s contributions to inclusive and quality education.

For more information, contact Nicole Powley, Lubar Entrepreneurship Center:

Sponsored by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center

Sisters Like Me
15 Feb | Networking
3:00-5:00pm | Virtual via Zoom

Sisters Like Me is an event for Black womxn-identified students to facilitate community and bonding. Join us for an afternoon to celebrate your unapologetic self! Black womxn leaders on and off campus will be facilitating discussions and sharing their experiences

For more information, please contact Justice Johnson at or Monique Alcantar at

Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center and Black Student Cultural Center.

Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement
17 Feb | Film screening followed by discussion
4:00-6:30pm | Virtual via Collaborate Ultra

The Inclusive Excellence Center (IEC) and the Black Student Cultural Center (BSCC) are celebrating Black History Month with a film screening and discussion of Stay Woke: The Black Lives Matter Movement. The original documentary film chronicles the evolution of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement through the first-person accounts of local activists, protestors, scholars, journalists and others. Stay woke and learn more about how BLM came to be.

For more information, please contact Olivia Clifton, Inclusive Excellence Center at

Sponsored by the Inclusive Excellence Center and the Black Student Cultural Center

Black Queer Artist Showcase 
18 Feb | Showcase 
4:00-6:30pm | Virtual via Discord or Teams 

An artist showcase showcasing and discussing four art forms and the artist highlighted. To finish the event, time permitted, an episode from the RPDR series will be streamed in the vain of the annual Drag Show.

For more information, please contact or


Diverse Ideas: Debbie Buchanan
24 Feb ǀ Student facilitated conversations
11:00am-12:00pm ǀ Virtual via Zoom

The Lubar Entrepreneurship Center’s next Diverse Ideas will feature Debbie Buchanan cosponsored with the UWM Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC). Debbie is an Army Veteran, and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative (MHVI).

Diverse Ideas is a talk series that partners with UWM offices to invite global and local entrepreneurs/community innovators for an intimate chat with UWM students, faculty, and staff. By offering these talks, LEC hopes to build a larger and more diverse network of students involved in entrepreneurship, including one that spans across disciplines and majors. Speakers share their stories and give advice in an open-forum conversation with attendees. Learn with us how to improve our community and work together to problem-solve.

For more information, please contact Nicole Powley, or James Cocroft

Sponsored by the Lubar Entrepreneurship Center and the UWM Military and Veterans Resource Center (MAVRC).

2021 Diversity Career Fair
24 Feb ǀ Career Fair
11:00am-2:00pm ǀ Virtual via Handshake

UW-Milwaukee’s Diversity Career Fair offers students an opportunity to showcase their dynamic skill sets and how they can contribute to the employers that will be attending this great Virtual Career Fair. Do not miss this opportunity to connect with these employers: STUDENTS MUST REGISTER VIA HANDSHAKE. Students can register here:

For more information contact Victoria Pryor, Black Student Cultural Center: 

Sponsored by UWM Career Planning & Resource Center and UWM Multi-Cultural Centers

Black Feminist Symposium

27 Feb ǀ Conference
11:00am-3:00pm ǀ Virtual via Zoom

The annual Black Feminist Symposium is organized by the UW-Milwaukee Women’s Resource Center. Our goal is to present the UWM campus and community with resources, workshops, and engaging discussions that center the praxis (theory and practice) of Black Feminism in an accessible way. Whether you are well-versed in feminist theory, or are looking for an entry point to black feminism, the Black Feminist Symposium offers something for everyone. Let’s learn, bond, and grow together!

For more information, contact Justice Johnson, Women’s Resource Center:

Sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center & the Black Student Cultural Center