6 Black History Month Events On Campus, That You Should Know About

By, Stephan Allen

Whether you’re a Black student looking to find community on campus, or an ally looking to learn more, there are many events happening this month that are creating space on campus. Ryerson’s Racialized Students’ Collective along with their collaborators, such as United Black Students at Ryerson, have a variety of events that are worth checking out. Even though we are half way through the month, there are plenty of events left to attend!

1. Black Love Paint Night + “Hard to Love” Film Screening

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street

A get together for those who are in the mood to decompress through some creative outlets:

Join us for a night of film, discussion and paint! A safe space to indulge in conversations about self care, self love and Blackness over blank canvases! Come with creativity and an open mind. Light snacks & drinks provided.

This event is for Black-identified students, staff and faculty only.

2. Kissing Teeth

6 p.m. – 9 p.m.  Oakham Lounge, Ryerson Student Campus Centre, 55 Gould St.

A live podcast discussion:

Join us for a live podcast discussion with four girls from different backgrounds touch upon themes of love, feminism, and body image while bringing attention to the issues experienced by black females, in a casual yet comedic fashion. This event is for Black female-identifying students, staff and faculty only.

This event is for Black-identified students, staff and faculty only.

3. Interactive Archival Gallery

12 p.m. – 3 p.m. SLC Amphitheatre, Ryerson Student Learning Centre, 55 Gould Street

Black History Month’s Interactive Archival Gallery:                                                                    

An interactive display on figures important to both African and Canadian black history. Come and experience the technology of augmented reality by engaging with important yet forgotten history among African antiquity as well as parts of black Canadian history that have slipped through the cracks of our social discourse over time. This event will include two interactive displays developed by GIMME 360. The organizers strive to create accessible and inclusive spaces for all of its members. If we require any accommodations to ensure your participation, please email equity@rsuonline.ca

4.Black to the Future Open Mic Night

6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Ram in the Rye, Ryerson Campus Student Centre, 55 Gould Street

Let’s celebrate Black History Month, while celebrating each other! If you have skills come out and show them off! Come to support your peers and enjoy the talents of many Black artists on campus.

5. These Words of Mine

7 p.m. – 10 p.m.    Tecumseh Auditorium, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street

A Performance art and spoken word showcase.
Featured performers include: DaethePoet, GeneOne, LifeandtheTribe, and more!

6.Level up: Black Students Winter Retreat

FRIDAY, MARCH 1st 6 p.m. – SUNDAY MARCH 3RD 8 p.m.  
Meet at 6 p.m. Front, Ryerson Student Centre, 55 Gould Street
Payment Due: February 15th (Tickets sold at SCC Front Desk)                         

Come out and enjoy a relaxing and educational weekend of black excellence! Take part in Black space workshops, Black safe space discussions, winter activities and much more. Food and transportation will be provided! Bus leaves at 6 p.m. on March 1st and returns at 8 p.m. on March 3rd.

Workshop themes include:
– Misogynoir
– Black Masculinity
– Black Queer Identities
– Financial health and generational wealth
– Mental Health

This Event Prioritizes Black Identified Students