February is Black History Month, and the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA) has events planned to celebrate.
Some events have already taken place to kick-off the month, including a Black Alumni Meet and Greet which was held on Feb. 2 and a Spades and Uno Tournament on Feb. 6.
Wynter McClain, a senior business marketing major, is a student program coordinator for OMSA. McClain said the student feedback from these events has been positive.
“The turnout has been good for the past events,” he said. “Students were happy and engaged. They left the events knowing they could come back to our office.”
Black Poetry Night was also held last week on Feb. 8. Some poetry was prepared to be shared from esteemed Black poets, including Langston Hughes, Maya Angelo, Rita Dove and Michael S. Harper.
While McClain is looking forward to every event, he is most excited for Black @ SVSU on Feb. 17.
Black @ SVSU is OMSA’s biggest event to celebrate Black History Month.
The highlight of Black @ SVSU is a lip sync battle from various Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) on campus.
There is also an opportunity for fraternity groups to advertise who they are and what they are about.
Kelan Johnson, a fifth year communications major, is also a student program coordinator for OMSA. He said the lip sync battle winners won’t leave empty-handed.
“The winning RSO of the lip sync battle gets $100 towards their organization,” Johnson said.
Beyond the lip sync battle, one of Johnson’s favorite parts of Black @ SVSU is community engagement.
During the event, students in the crowd are invited to cheer for their favorite lip syncing RSO and dance with the music.
Last year, over 200 people attended Black @ SVSU. Both Johnson and McClain hope to see the same number of participants, if not more, this year.
Other events coming up this week include a Black Faculty Meet & Greet on Feb. 13 and Black Jeopardy Night on Feb. 15.
There will also be a Black Sitcom Discussion Table on Feb. 21 and A Taste of Soul in the Marketplace on Feb. 23 to close out the month’s events.
More information on any of these events can be found by visiting the
Office of Multicultural Student Affairs in Student Center 111 or by visiting its website at https://www.svsu.edu/omsa/wecelebrate/blackhistorymonth/
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