Black Heritage Month


The mission of Black Heritage Month is to educate both the USF and Tampa Bay community on the importance of the history and significance of the Black culture. Celebrated February 1st - March 1st, Black Heritage Month provides an educational atmosphere for students, staff, faculty, and alumni to celebrate and commemorate the contributions that the Black community has made to society. 

The month also is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the evolution of USF’s historic commitment to diversity and inclusion, which is among the core principles fueling USF’s success as America’s fastest-rising university.  Read this article with highlights that recognize the achievements of USF’s Black and African American community members.

2022 University CALENDAR OF EVENTS

We will be accepting event submissions from USF student organizations, departments, and committees throughout the month.  Click here to submit a request for your event to be added! 

2022 Institute on Black Life Annual Conference 

February 1| 9:00am-6:30pm| USFSP University Student Center 
The theme is, "The African American Neighborhoods Project of Tampa Bay."

Hosted by:  Institute on Black Life 

Click here for the website.

Ivory Coast Comes to USF

February 1-11 | Harbor Hall on the USF Saint Petersburg Campus
The Institute on Black Life has the pleasure of hosting a fundraising African art exhibition sponsored by Dr. Michael J Orlosky. The exhibition will feature a total of 32 items from Dr. Orlosky's personal collection and the Contemporary Art Museum, USF Tampa Campus. The exhibit will be open to the public at the Harbor Hall on the USF Saint Petersburg Campus.

More information here.

Hosted by:  Institute on Black Life

Black Heritage Month Kickoff at Bull Market

February 2nd| 9:00am-2:00pm| MSC Plaza
OMA is collaborating with Bull Market to showcase Black student organizations and departments that offer resources for Black students as well as highlighting events for the month.  Free swag!

Hosted by:  Office of Multicultural Affairs- Tampa campus and Bull Market

Trap Yoga

February 2| 8:30-9:15pm| Recreation Center Room 22b 
Join us for a vinyasa style yoga class to hip hop music from the 90's until now!  All levels welcome! 

Hosted by:  Recreation & Wellness

Afro-Latinidad, Together Creating a Better Mañana

February 3rd| 7:00-9:00pm| MSC Amphitheater
Join us a bulls market style event where we will have different tables representing African and Latinx influences and roots exhibited. 

Hosted by:  LASA, DASA, BSA, Club Kreyol, CCE and OMA

QTPOC & Coffee:  The Intersection of Black & Queerness

February 3rd | 5:00pm – 6:00pm | MSC 3300
QTPOC & Coffee is a series hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs - Tampa Campus that seeks to address intersectionality through casual dialogue, particularly the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. QTPOC stands for Queer or Trans People of Color.

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs - Tampa Campus

Enlightenment Workshop Series: From Protest to Progress:  Combating Discrimination, Bias, & Oppressive Practices  

February 8th | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Microsoft Teams
Panel:  Dr. Dana Thompson-Dorsey, Ms. Geveryl Robinson, & Dr. Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman

Join us for courageous conversations designed to foster a culture of inclusive excellence at The University of South Florida. The scheduled workshops will focus on intersectional perspectives related to bias, cultural competence, and systemic racism with an emphasis on current trends facing Black communities across the African Diaspora.

Hosted by: Institute on Black Life, Black Employee Steering Committee and Black Faculty & Staff Association

From the Olympics to Personal Fitness: A Conversation on Decolonizing Sports with Dr. Katrina Karkazis and Roc

February 8th | 6:00pm | Microsoft Teams
"From the Olympics to Personal Fitness: A Conversation on Decolonizing Sports" invites you to attend a discussion on topics in sport that are not always critically engaged (e.g. the erasure of trans athletes from sport institutions and the unequal scrutiny professional athletes of color face). Insofar as the humanities speak to universal human concerns, this conversation seeks to embrace inclusion as we decenter traditional representations in sport. There will be an opportunity for audience questions. Register on Eventbrite.

Hosted by:  Department of Women's & Gender Studies

Addressing Mental Health Disparities in the Black Community

February 9| 5:30pm| MSC 2707

The Undergraduate Psychology Association (UPA) wants to acknowledge Black History Month by dedicating an event to spreading information about mental health and how it has not met the needs of the Black community.  While we have done a lot of progress as a society to be inclusive and welcoming of our differences, there is still a long way to go in regards to the way the Black community receives mental health services.  During the event, we will address these diparities and the ways the mental field can improve and serve diverse populations.  Our guest speaker, Dr. Tanisha Hill-Jarrett, a neuropsychologist whose work is focused on the cognitive aging of Black adults, will be sharing her experience as a Black woman through Graduate school as well as her discoveries in her research. 

Hosted by:  Undergraduate Psychology Association  

Visions in Black Opening Reception

February 10th | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Art Center Sarasota Visions in Black is a juried art exhibition celebrating the talents and love of the arts by showcasing artists of African descent who reside in Florida. This year Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) is honored to have received a generous grant and sponsorship from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and is pleased to collaborate on this exhibit with Art Center Sarasota (ACS). Please join us for a glass of wine or light liquid refreshment in the garden, view the art in the gallery, and talk to the artists.

Rsvp here.
More information here.

Hosted by:  The Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative

Racial Inequality in Healthcare:  Discussion with Dr. Tricia Penniecook

Rescheduled to February 28| 12:00-1:00pm| Microsoft Teams 
Join us for an engaging discussion and learn more about the racial inequities in healthcare, systemic racism, and how we can all contribute to make a change.  Presented by Dr. Tricia Penniecook, Vice Dean of Education and Faculty Affairs and Associate Professor for Community and Family Health within the USF College of Public Health.  Dr. Penniecook was a practicing physician in Mexico and has extensive experience working in public health in the US and Costa Rica.

Hosted by:  USF Health, The Well

Click here to attend

ULS:  An Evening with Leland Melvin to Celebrate Black History Month

February 10| 7:00-8:00pm| MSC Ballrooms, Doors open at 6:30pm 

Join us for an evening with the first NFL player to become an astronaut and travel to space, Leland Melvin.  Leland Melvin is an engineer, educator, former NASA astronaut and NFL wide-receive.  He served on board the Space Shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist on mission STS-122 (2008) and STS-129 (2009), helping to construct the International Space Station.  After 24 years with NASA, he shares his life story as an athlete, astronaut, scientist, engineer, photographer, and musician to help inspire the next generation of explorers to pursue STEM careers.  Pre-registration is recommended to secure your seat and to give you priority to enter the ballrooms.  For more information about the event and to register, please visit the following:  Register here.

Hosted by:  Center for Student Involvement & Office of Multicultural Affairs, Tampa campus 

Real Talk:  Roundtable 

February 15| 12:00-1:00pm| Micosoft Teams 

Join us as we celebrate BHM with a real talk roundtable which will feature our trailblazing nursing faculty:  Dr. Wallena Gould, Dr. Janet Roman, and Dr. Latiena Williams, sharing their expertise and lived experiences.  Dr. Gould will share- "A Critical Race to Change the Face & Culture of Nursing:  A Call to Action".  Dr. Roman will share- "Heart Failure in African American Women:  A Journey Through My Career".  Dr. Williams will share- "Research Collaboration in the Faith-Based Community Setting:  A Black Women's Perspective". 

Hosted by:  USF Health College of Nursing & Shared Student Services The WELL

Click here to attend 

Civic Conversation Series:  Reduced Inequalities 

February 15| 12:30-2:00pm| MSC 2708

Join us for a panel discussion focusing on challenges and opportunities with social, economic, and political inequality.  In collaboration with:  Institute on Black Life, NAACP Hillsborough, & Office of Multicultural Affairs 

Hosted by:  Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement 

RSVP here

Centre Gallery - Black Heritage Month Exhibition 

February 14 - 24| Centre Gallery 
Join us for our Black Heritage Month exhibition where we will be showcasing art work of Black artists within our USF community. The Centre Gallery aims to curate a space where gallery attendees can learn about and appreciate different aspects of Black diaspora, history, and culture. We will have an opening reception for this event on Monday February 14 from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM and the exhibition itself will last from Monday, February 14 to Thursday, February 24.

Hosted by:  Center for Student Involvement & Office of Multicultural Affairs- Tampa campus

Black Excellence Week - USF St. Petersburg campus

February 14th - February 18th
Several Black student leadership organizations and student affinity groups celebrate Black excellence and a spirit of community on campus. 

Host by:  USF St. Petersburg campus

See BullsConnect for the week of programming

Black Out Week- Tampa campus

February 14th - February 20th

Sponsored by the NAACP student chapter at USF, this week aims to celebrate excellence among Black students while promoting community development and coalition building.

See Bullsconnect for the week of programming

USF BFSA Annual Breakfast

February 18th | 8:00-10:00am | MSC Ballrooms
Join the USF Black Faculty and Staff Association and our university leadership at our 33rd Annual Welcome Breakfast where we welcome new, and newly promoted Black Faculty and Staff.  Everyone is welcome!

Hosted by: Black Faculty and Staff Association (BFSA)

For questions or to request reasonable accommodations, please contact Kimberly Brown at 813-974-7301. Clikc here to RSVP.

Diversity & Inclusion Conference:  Merging our Past & Present to Forge a Brighter Future 

February 19th | 9am – 5pm | USF St. Petersburg campus, Microsoft Teams
The purpose of this conference is to enhance the learning, understanding, and development of concepts surrounding diversity, inclusion, and social justice for the USF system and surrounding Florida colleges and universities. Our goal is to educate and motivate approximately 200 higher education future and current leaders in the surrounding counties of diversity and inclusion to take back to their respective institutions. Our society is ever changing and growing more and more diverse. The workshops provided will focus on social experiences of individuals and/or social groups and their resiliency in how they've navigated through various environments.

Hosted by: Office of Multicultural Affairs - St. Petersburg campus, Tampa campus & Sarasota-Manatee campus

Click here for the Website. 

Black Student Union Week- BSU- Tampa campus

February 21st - February 26th
Theme is: Insecure:  Overcoming From Within
Several events to be hosted this week such as:

February 21st| Location and Time TBD
Don't Touch my Culture - an open forum discussion of the impact of Black culture appropriation on the lived experiences of Black students

USF Health Multicultural Week Profiles in Courage with Speaker:  Ashley M. Jones

February 21| 12:00-1:00pm| Microsoft Teams
Ashley M. Jones is the Poet Laureate of the State of Alabama (2022-2026).  She holds an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University, and she is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press 2017), dark thing (Pleiades Press 2019), and REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press 2021).  Her poetry has earned several awards.  She was the finalist for the Ruth Lily Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in 2020, and her collection, REPARATIONS NOW! was on the longlist for the 2022 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry.  Ashley M. Jones will speak about her experience as a Black female poet and the first Black Poet Laureate for the State of Alabama.  She will also share some of her poems with the audience. 

Meeting link here.

Hosted by:  Shared Student Services USF Health  

Movies on the Lawn:  King Richard

February 23| 8:30pm| MSC Bookstore Lawn
Join us on the MSC Bookstore Lawn for the next Movies on the Lawn event featuring the film King Richard.  Check-in and activities will begin at 8:30pm and the movie starts at 9:00pm.  Hope to see you there!

Hosted by:  Center for Student Involvement 

Celebrating Black Heritage Month with AfroLatinidades- Dr. Barbara I. Abadia-Rexach:  Conversando Con Estudiantes De USF- A Biligual Event

February 24| 4:30pm| Microsoft Teams

At this bilingual event, students will have the opportunity to ask questions to Professor of AroLatinidades at San Francisco state University, co-producer and community organizer for the NEGRAS podcast, and author of Musicalizando la Raza

Hosted by:  ISLAC- Institute of Latin American and the Caribbean, Office of Multicultural Affairs- Tampa campus & College of Arts & Sciences

Meditations on Blackness & Gender Nonnormality:  A Lecture & Conversation with Professor Dr. Marquis Bey

February 24th| 6:00-7:00pm| Microsoft Teams
Dr. Bey, assistant professor of African American Studies and English at Northwestern University, will deliver a public lecture on the congruence of blackness, transness, and black feminism via the Black radical tradition. Ultimately, Dr. Bey will call for attendees to increase their capacity for allyship across racial and gender divides.

Hosted by:  Department of Women's & Gender Studies 

 My Brother's Keeper 

February 24| 6:00-7:00pm| Microsoft Teams

My Brother's Keeper is a safe space for men of color at the University of South Florida.  the virtual space welcomes students and professional staff members.  We engage in open dialogue about a variety of topics that effect men on color today.  If you are a man of color and looking for a safe space, please join us here.  For accommodations please contact DeWayne Anderson at 

Hosted by:  ONE Office of Multicultural Affairs, Tampa, St. Petersburg, & Sarasota-Manatee campuses 

Showtime at the Apollo

February 25th| 7:00-10:00pm| MSC Oval Theater

Hosted by:  Black Student Union, Office of Multicultural Affairs- Tampa Campus - part of BSU Week

BHM Cookout

February 26th| 2:00-6:00pm| Riverfront Park 

Hosted by:  Black Student Union, Office of Multicultural Affairs- Tampa Campus - part of BSU Week

Come celebrate with us for a fun cookout with games, good food, music and great community!  

MSC Black Heritage Month:  Open Mic Night- Celebrating Black Creativity & Talent

February 28| 6:00-8:00pm| MSC Amphitheater

Join us for a night of unique talent and entertainment celebrating Black greatness at USF!  The first 100 attendees will receive a delicious Black Heritage Month cookie! 

Advanced sign up is required to perform.  Find the sign up form on BullsConnect.

Hosted by: Marshall Student Center 

Recognizing Black History Month:  Celebrating Black Leaders in Public Health, Strategizing for the Future

February 28| 3:00pm| USF COPH Facebook Page 
Join the USF College of Public Health for a Facebook Live conversations as we celebrate Black leaders in public health and discuss strategies for the future.  

Hosted by:  USF College of Public Health

Black Heritage Month 

Special thanks to our 2020 Black Heritage Month Sponsors!
Interested in becoming a sponsor for Black Heritage Month 2022? Please contact Nicky Luckett for more information.

 Graduate Studies Gold Sponsor for Black Heritage Month