Black History Month

Black History Month

Thursday, February 4th

Celebrating Black Excellence – Black History Month Celebrations - 11:00 a.m.

We will hear from a panel of entrepreneurs who have invented, reinvented, defined and redefined success in a sports, marketing and policing. They will share their non-traditional, non-linear path to success. 

Participants will receive session link closer to the date.

Tuesday. February 9th

Black Stories Matter | 1:00 p.m.

As we commemorate Black History Month, we will hear the stories of DC's own Black students and celebrate their successes!

BSSN: Post-Trump: Where Do We Go From Here? | 5:00 p.m. 

Missed it? Find the recording of this event here!

A conversation hosted by Durham College's Black Student Success Network (B.S.S.N.)
Trump is gone, but his ideologies remain. Canadians are often influenced by American politics, and 2020 provided much content to dissect. Please join this panel to discuss "Post-Trump: Where Do We Go From Here?" With panelists specializing in race, pedagogy, journalism, and public health and labour, this interdisciplinary panel offers leftist tools for what to do now.

Featuring Panel Members:

Dr.Kristen Shaw is an independent researcher, educator, and instructional designer from Southern Ontario. She received her PhD in English from McMaster University in 2018. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the ways that fiction can inform social justice movements and imagine and build alternatives to late capitalism. Her current research explores the intersections between art, community building, and pedagogy. Kristen has presented her research at national and international conferences in Canada, the US, and the UK. Kristen has chapters forthcoming in the collections Interrogating Folklore and the Literary Fairy-Tale in the Anthropocene and Technologies of Feminist Speculative Fiction

Kevin Taghabon is a freelance journalist based in Toronto. His reporting has included on site coverage of political movements in Canada and the US over the past five years. Kevin is a strong proponent of a free press, civil liberties, and rights and protections for media workers. Kevin currently works as one of the co-founders of The Hoser, an independent journalistic outlet launched this year covering news from a critical progressive lens across the GTA


Wednesday, February 10th,

Celina Caesar-Chavannes : Can You Hear Me Now? | 4:00 p.m.

Celina Ceasar-Chavannes, former Black Identified Durham Region MP, outlines her journey in politics. Celina will share the lessons she's learned from her experience in entrepreneurship, leadership, and living authentically.

In this talk, Celina will speak to her immigrant childhood and life as a young Black woman and entrepreneur, to demonstrate that effective and humane leaders grow as much from their mistakes and vulnerabilities as from their strengths.

Chance To Win: Enter Here to a chance to win one of fifty hardcover copies of Celina Caesar-Chavannes: Can You Hear Me Now?

Friday, February 18th

Black Stories Matter | 10:00

As we commemorate Black History Month, we will hear the stories of DC's own Black students and celebrate their successes!

Reggae-size! | 11:30 a.m.

Join us for some stress-relief, movement, fun and connection as Janine Knight-Grofe leads us in Raggae-size!