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black history month


To honor Black History Month, the UConn Foundation has compiled events, news and resources available to the UConn community to join in the celebration.

Upcoming Events:


opening ceremony

Black History Month Opening Ceremony: An Evening with Dr. Cornel West

February 2, 2023

Join us for the 2023 Black History Month Opening Ceremony: An Evening with Dr. Cornel West. The African American Cultural Center and Undergraduate Student Government present the public intellectual and renowned author, Dr. Cornel West for a lecture.


afro puerto rican bomba

AACC and PRLACC Present: Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Celebration

February 7, 2023
Storrs, CT

Join the African American Cultural Center and the Puerto Rican Cultural Center to learn the fundamentals of Bomba music, dance, and storytelling. Led by Movimiento Cultural Afro-Continental (MCAC), Inc., a cultural, arts, and community-based organization whose mission is to educate people across Connecticut about Puerto Rico's rich African-based folklore, dance, and other art forms.

This in-person event will be held on Tuesday, February 7th, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM in the Student Union Ballroom. All are welcome and frituras, fried delicacies, will be served.



Elevate: Hartford Career Nights - Salary Negotiation and Wage Inequality

February 8, 2023
Hartford, CT

Know your worth. Whether you want to secure a higher salary, greater benefits, a flexible schedule, or even a specific type of equipment, having a conversation with your future employer is necessary. Learn the tips and strategies to make yourself a savvy negotiator for your next big decision.

In this interactive session, learn how to research a benchmark salary and confidently negotiate an offer to ensure you earn the pay you deserve. Hear from former alumni who advocate for wage equality and use effective salary negotiation techniques to achieve their goals.


vendor fair

Black History Month Vendor Fair at the Stamford Campus

February 18, 2023
Stamford, CT

Black History Month -Community Vendor Fair at the UConn Stamford Campus, Stamford, CT 06901

10:00am - 3:00pm


Film Screening - Rosewood (1997)

February 21, 2023

This blockbuster film is the cinematic retelling of the true-life destruction of an African American community in 1923. It captures Jim Crow-era violence and the Black radical tradition of resistance.


Discussion: Rosewood Film & History

February 22, 2023

with Mrs. Lizzie Robinson Jenkins, Founder & President of the Real Rosewood Foundation, Inc. and Rosewood descendant.



This Is America: Censorship of Books

February 23, 2023

Challenges to books about race, gender, and sexual orientation are nothing new in America, but the tactics and politicization are. Join us for a discussion on how book-banning attempts have grown in the U.S in public libraries, schools, and prison libraries.  Learn about the current and historical attempts at restricting books about race and the LGBTQIA+ identities.


News and Resources:


To honor Black History Month, the UConn Library has compiled resources to educate and offer opportunities for the UConn community to join in the celebration.