Oceanside CA—To celebrate Black History Month, the MiraCosta College Umoja Community will host several events and activities throughout the month February.
This year’s theme is centered on Black S.T.A.R. Power (Students Taking Action Responsibly), a promoted effort to reframe the cultural dialogue regarding the image of black individuals in our society. It is a movement at MiraCosta that unites students, faculty, administrators and the community-at-large behind a common goal: to highlight the achievements and the values of extraordinary black iconoclasts and cause a seismic shift in the perception of black culture. Black S.T.A.R. Power is positive, provocative, productive and proactive.
All events will be held on MiraCosta’s Oceanside Campus at 1 Barnard Drive.
The New Jim Crow: The War on Drugs and America’s Mass Incarceration of Black Men by Dr. Thao Ha
Tuesday, February 2 @ 2 p.m. in Room T307
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend this workshop that delves into the critical issues revolving around race and mass incarceration, while fostering the opportunity to discuss and think critically about the modern-day war on drugs.
State of the Black Student by Dr. Wendy Stewart
Friday, February 5, 12:30–2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Room 3601
Students, staff and faculty are invited to this presentation of an overview of data on our African-American students and efforts by the college to sustain and increase student success.
Umoja 3rd Annual Fundraiser: Soul Fusion II
Saturday, February 6, 4–7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall
Join master of ceremonies Ant Black as the Umoja Community hosts the 3rd annual Soul Fusion fundraiser with a dynamic array of perfomers featuring Gospel music from David Dredden & Undefeated, special guest jazz saxaphonist Gary Bias from Earth, Wind & Fire, and award-winning spoken-word poetry by Fiveology.
Fixing the System—America’s Broken Criminal Justice System by Amber Colbert
Tuesday, February 9 @ 2 p.m. in Room T307
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend this workshop that investigates all the interlocking pieces of the complicated criminal justice system, from prisoners and their families to judiciary and community reformers. What can be done about our flawed criminal justice system? Can this system be fixed?
Rosa Parks—The Silent Revolutionary by Brian Harris
Tuesday, February 16 @ 2 p.m. in Room T307
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend this workshop. During uprisings for social justice, people have committed deviant acts that are later seen as heroic. This workshop focuses on Rosa Park’s story as an example of how human agency paired with (non violent) positive deviance can change the world for good.
Why “Black Lives Matter” Versus “All Lives Matter” by Dr. Bruce Hoskins
Tuesday, February 23 @ 2 p.m. in Room T307
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend this workshop that will examine the facts regarding police violence against black people and why universalist approaches will not solve the problem.
United Black Student Conference
Friday, February 26 @ 8 a.m. in the Concert Hall
The MiraCosta College Black Student Union (BSU) invites you to attend the sixth annual United Black Student Conference, for Region X community college partners and high schools. Please join us for dynamic and educational workshops. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Registration required.
Equity X Week
March 7–11 @ various locations, Oceanside Campus
Tickets for the fundraiser are available for purchase at miracosta.edu/umojatix. For more information, contact Kate Coleman at 760.757.2121, x6933.
The Umoja Community seeks to engage, connect, educate, support and encourage students through a curriculum of math, history and personal growth courses to prepare students for transfer to four-year colleges and universities.