Juneteenth Celebration Picnic!

Two arms of an enslaved Black person breaking shackles.

Hello K Community!

Let the countdown begin! Next Monday, January 19th, 2023 join us in the lower quad for our annual Juneteenth celebration from 12-2 p.m. We’ll have food (please RSVP), music, and lawn games to celebrate the day.

Due to catering needs those who would like food will need to put complete the Juneteenth RSVP Form by 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 13th.

Black Joy Week – Mindful Meditation

Today’s Event…

Community Mindful Meditation

Black Joy Week Mindful Meditation for Black Mental Wellness

Slow down the week with some mindful meditation. All are welcome and encouraged to pause and access your inner joy even if just for a moment.

  • Location: The Quad – under the tree area in front of Hicks near the parking lot
  • Time: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • All are welcome for guided and non-guided meditations, snacks, and handouts on meditation for black mental wellness.

Have you heard? 6 days until Black Joy Week!

Celebrate Black Joy Week

Yes, it’s really happening!

That’s right, BAFSA is back for the third annual Black Joy Week! This year, BAFSA, the Arcus Center, Counseling Center, Intercultural Center and the BSO have joined together to create a week full of fun!

Preview of Events

  • Tue, May 30 – Black Joy Week Kick-Off and 3 vs 3 Student, Staff, and Faculty Basketball Game (Basketball Sign-Ups)
  • Wed, May 31 – Community Mindful Meditation for Black Mental Wellness
  • Thu, June 1 – Capture your Joy 360 Photo Booth
  • Fri, June 2 – Pop-Up Dance on the Quad

Visit the Black Joy Week page for more details on times and locations of these events.

Let’s Celebrate MLK Jr.!

Martin Luther King Jr. memorial statue.

Happy New Year BAFSA!

We hope your winter break was restful, reflective, and fun.

Thanks to BAFSA member/Interim Director of the Intercultural Student Life Center, Justine Shelton and Intercultural Student Life Program Coordinator, Alaq Zghayer, there will be many events available to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Friday, January 13th and Monday, January 16th!

The theme for this year’s celebration is Centering Black Lives: Various movements, One purpose, where participants will join in understanding the past, educating the present and moving toward the betterment of Black communities.

Visit the Intercultural Student Life Center website for full details on this year’s MLK Jr. events.

Participate in Black Joy Week!

Hello K Students, Faculty, and Staff!

Black Joy Week starts on Tuesday, May 31st and we can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Check out all of the ways you can participate as a student, faculty member, or staff member!

For more details and regular update, visit the Black Joy Week page.

Black Joy Week Schedule

The following events will take place from Tuesday, May 31 – Friday, June 3, EST.

All events listed below are free

Tue, May 31

Black Joy Week
Kick-Off Picnic

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Quad

Take a break and join us on the Quad for food, DJs, a photo booth, and games!

Wed, June 1

Black Student Organization
Wellness Wednesday

4-6 p.m. | Hicks Lower Atrium

Stop by for Wellness Wednesday with the BSO! Aside from food and music you can create a visual board highlighting black joy.

Thur, June 2

Faculty and Staff
Basketball Game

3-5 p.m. | Athletics Gym

Sign up to play or come watch!

Fri, June 3

Zoo Flicks
Double Showing

2 p.m. | Bissell Theatre
Respect (2021)

9 p.m. | Dewing 103
Hidden Figures (2016)

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2022 – We Shall Not Be Moved

In honor of the profound legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,
we will gather to celebrate the impact of his commitment to social justice and radical change.

Emily Lansana and Zahra Baker together, happy and joyous.

Celebrate MLK, Jr.

Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with an engaging performance by storyteller, Emily Lansana and Zahra Baker.

Emily and Zahra’s performance will highlight stories of resistance, resilience and transformation from history to the present. It will celebrate dynamic leaders and everyday people who have contributed to changing our world.

Event Details

We Shall Not Be Moved: Stories and songs to celebrate resistance as a form of revolution
Monday, January 17th
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
Live, Virtual Event

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration
Events for 2022

Martin Luther King press conference, taken August 26th, 1964, Washington DC.