February marks the annual celebration of Black History Month. Enjoy and learn through the varied events sprinkled throughout the month.
Unveiling of the Black History Month Mural created by artist Israel Crooks, February 18, 2022, beginning at 6:30 PM. Location: Auchmar, 88 Fennell Ave, Hamilton
Live Performances featuring: Mosa Kelly, Aisha Nicholson, Klyde Boox, Narrette Jamais. For more information call 905-385-0925
They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters in Canada, with guest scholar, professor and author Cecil Foster. Professor Foster shares the histories of Black railway porters — and their contributions to and impact on Canadian history. His work details how Black porters mobilized to affect issues of race and labour in Canada, drew attention to human rights, community empowerment, the building and structure of unions, and confronted anti-Black racism in Canada. The event will be live-streamed on the HARRC Facebook and Twitter accounts.
February 8 at 7:00 PM, Register here
Black-Owned: Building Beyond Business, celebrating Black history at McMaster University. Join our community conversation as we explore what it means to develop better ecosystems, which aim to centre community development through equitable mentorship, skill-building and opportunity.
February 16 at 6:00 PM, Register here
Looking back and moving forward, a discussion on Black health. Join us for an online discussion on the experiences and history of Black health care in Canada, the current landscape and what the future looks like. Featuring guest speaker Dr Karen Flynn, and panellists Dr Ruth Rodney, Dr Suzanne Archie, and Amie Archibald. The event will be live-streamed on the HARRC Facebook and Twitter accounts.
February 22 at 7:00 PM, Register here
Black Professional Network (KPMG) Workshop in Collaboration with DeGroote & Black Student Success Centre. The Degroote Committee for Diversity & Inclusion (DCDI), in collaboration with the Black Student Success Centre (BSSC), is hosting a LinkedIn networking event where industry professionals will talk to McMaster students about LinkedIn strategies and network with them. Panelists will discuss various tips and tricks on how to create and optimize a LinkedIn profile, how to connect with people, and how to build lasting relationships with recruiters and others through LinkedIn.
February 8, 5:00–6:00 PM, Register here
Superfoods: Shake up your Grocery List and Lifestyle. We have all heard the term “superfoods” and know we should eat more of them, but why exactly are they so good for us? What can we do so more of these foods end up on our plates? Join Jenille Hutchinson ’04, MSc.FN, RD, a Registered Dietician and McMaster graduate, as she explores the areas of superfoods and how incorporating them into snacks and easy meals will have a positive impact on your overall health. Jenille will give us the top five superfoods you should try and eat regularly, why all plant-based foods are not equal, how superfoods are related to positive mental health, and how people with certain food restrictions or allergies can benefit from alternate superfoods. Jenille will provide a few of her favourite recipes to get you started on your new superfood grocery list. This event is hosted by the Office of Alumni Engagement/ McMaster Alumni Association
February 9, 12:15 PM, Register here
Spirituality and Activism: A Black Buddhist Woman’s Perspective. Dr Willis will share personally about her experiences marching with Dr Martin Luther King Jr, and her early Christian social consciousness later intersecting with the influences of Thich Nhat Hanh and Lama Yeshe, leading her to become a Buddhist contemplative, academic and activist. Included in this presentation will be the place where spiritual practices can impact us to engage in matters of liberation and justice, as well as protect us from the burnout of same. Facilitated by Marcus Evans, PhD candidate, Religious Studies, McMaster University
February 9, 7:00–8:00 PM, Register here
Fireside chat with Lawrence Hill. Join international best-selling author Dr Lawrence Hill as he discusses race, identity and belonging in the context of his writing, followed by a Q&A period moderated by Black faculty of Health Sciences undergraduate students. Opening remarks provided by Susan Tighe, Provost & Vice-President (Academic), McMaster. This event is open to the university. This program is supported by McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty Affairs, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster’s Equity and Inclusion Office and Faculty of Humanities.
February 10; 5:30–7:30 PM, Register here
Black Student Mental Health Peer Support. Black students are invited to be part of a safe and compassionate space to hold discussions on mental health and wellness. This event is hosted by The Student Wellness Centre and The Black Student Success Centre.
February 10, 6:00–7:00 PM, To register, email Glenda van Der Leuw MSW, RSW at [email protected]