As you know, Inclusion is one of the core values the Division of Student Experience. As a Division, we strive each and every day to celebrate, expose, and educate everyone about the backgrounds and identities of all students, faculty, and staff members. This month, we are honoring Black History Month.
I believe as a YSU community, we should embrace others' differences and be excited to learn more about one another's culture and heritage. It is important to celebrate these differences from a historical perspective, which is why I am so happy the theme for this year's Black History Month celebration is "Black Migrations".
The events taking place during YSU's Black History Month celebration are a good mix—remembering the past and celebrating the present. This month is not only about black history, but also the Black Experience today. I would encourage everyone to take a few minutes out of your day to reflect, to learn, and to make a positive impact on someone's life for the YSU community and community at-large. As a person of color, I know that I stand on the shoulders of those that were here before me, people like Colonel Richard "Dick" Toliver, who is a civil rights icon and a former Tuskegee Airman. Toliver recently addressed our campus at the Martin Luther King Day Observation. For this, I am grateful and extremely humble.
Please see our Upcoming Student Experience Events section below for a full list of upcoming events and their descriptions. All of our events are free and open to YSU faculty, staff, students, and community members from the surrounding area. I encourage everyone to come out and enjoy these wonderful events. I look forward to seeing you there!