February is Black History Month. Throughout the month, New York Institute of Technology will celebrate by hosting a series of events. The university also recognizes our Black alumni, students, and faculty who are doing great things in their professional and academic careers as well as in their communities. Learn more about them.
DEI Series: Mass Incarceration and Restorative Justice
12:30 – 1;45 p.m.
What is the history of policing and the criminal justice system in the United States, and how does this history impact marginalized communities in their daily lives? How can we generate awareness and compassion for incarcerated peoples, as well as concrete actions to create a society built on restorative justice instead of punitive justice? In this discussion, panelists will discuss systemic racism, activism, and how to move towards restorative justice from the perspective of the New York metropolitan area.
This Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Series event is sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement and Development as part of the Time to Talk: Community Connections initiative.
Food Insecurity in the Black Community: A Bear Bytes x Roots Collaboration
5 – 6:30 p.m.
Join a virtual discussion with a member of Roots student group and the social media director of Bear Bytes about how food insecurity and socio-economic issues impact the Black community and students. Participants will also learn how New York Tech’s Bear Bytes initiative is addressing these issues. In addition to the discussion, there will be a meal prep demonstration. Learn how to make quick and convenient meals using a microwave and Bear Bytes pantry items. Pick up items from the Grizzly Cupboard and join in on the cooking!
Black History Month Trivia
6 – 7 p.m.
Edward Guiliano Global Center, first floor lounge
Join the Office of Student Life in person or online for three rounds of trivia honoring Black History Month. The trivia rounds will be centered on pivotal moments in Black history, celebrating Black artists and figures, and honoring notable achievements.
Tish Norman: Re-defining Blackness
12:45 – 1:45 p.m.
Join the Office of Student Life in welcoming our keynote speaker for Black History Month, Tish Norman, as she discusses “Re-Defining Blackness.” During this unprecedented moment within the racial justice movement of the 21st century, reflecting on the exemplary lives of Harriet Tubman and Martin Luther King Jr. is not enough. Creating spaces that acknowledge and incorporate the achievements, contributions, and leadership of Black figures is critical every day, not just in February. African Americans are among the most significant scholars, social trendsetters, cultural producers, and community connectors the world has ever seen. While their contributions are becoming more understood, recognized, and appreciated, there's still more work to be done. Opportunities for culturally sensitive leadership development are now and the intent and impact are just as crucial. Help me normalize this topic every day, so when it is brought up, it's not so uncomfortable, nuanced, and left in the shortest month of the year. Let’s get to work.
Fifth Annual Black History Month Dinner
7 – 9:30 p.m.
16 W. 61st Street, 11th floor auditorium
New York Tech students, faculty, and staff are invited to participate in this celebration of Black excellence, with featured performances and presentations.