Black History Month 2023 at New Paltz: Events for students, faculty and staff


Art on display at the Department of Black Studies offices in Old Main

All across campus, academic departments and other units are organizing events and programs to help our community learn, reflect and engage in dialogue on a variety of topics related to Black History Month.

A partial list of these events and programs can be found below:

Feb. 7: Marital Selection x Black Immigrants in the USA: A Panel Discussion  | 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Speakers: Vadricka Etienne of the University of Nevada, Reno and Karen Okigbo of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Co-sponsors: Center for Student Engagement, Eddy at New Paltz, Black Studies Department and Black Lives Matter @ School collective

Feb. 8 & 9: Film Screening and Discussion of Award-Winning Documentary “Free Renty: Lanier v. Harvard (2021) | 7 p.m. Film screening and faculty-led discussion on Feb. 8 and presentation with documentary subject Tamara Lanier on Feb. 9. Facilitator: Keely Heuer, Chair of the Art History Department Co-sponsors: Departments of Art History and Black Studies, with the support of Campus Auxiliary Services

Feb. 21: The Beauty of White Supremacy | 6:30 p.m. Speaker: Scholar-activist Yaba Blay, Ph.D. Facilitator: Weldon McWilliams, Chair of the Black Studies Department. Co-sponsors: Black Studies Department, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Offices of the Provost & President and Black Lives Matter @ School collective

Feb. 22: (Re) Shaping, (Re) Shifting & (Re) Imagining Our Work Through Racial Literacy | 6 p.m. Speaker: Yolanda Sealy-Ruiz of Columbia University’s Teacher’s College. Facilitator: Devon Duhaney, Associate Professor of Latin American and Carribean Studies Co-sponsors: Department of Black Studies, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, School of Education and Black Lives Matter @ School collective

If you are planning a Black History Month event and would like to see it included on this list, please email the Office of Communication & Marketing at