Saint Xavier University Students


Black History Month 2018

"Reclaiming Our Time : Our Post, Our Voice, Our Agency"

All Month Long: Book Club

Join us in reading "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson, the true story of an African-American lawyer in the South who fights for the rights of the unjustly incarcerated. Stevenson illuminates racial injustices that are happening RIGHT NOW. Stevenson also brings light to the harshness of the American prison system. Discuss the book at the concluding SXU Speaks event on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Black History Month Kick Off!

Thursday, February 1, 2018
12:30 p.m.,Diner Atrium

Celebrate the start of Black History Month with student performances, surprises and guest speakers!

Black Student Union, Elected Of Zion, And African American Studies Diaspora Club Mixer

Friday, February 2, 2018
Noon, Wiseman Student Lounge

Are you a part of or interested in joining Black Student Union, Elected of Zion or African American Studies Diaspora Club? Join one or all three clubs to meet club presidents, get to know members and learn about upcoming events! Snacks provided.

SXU Speaks: Where Is The Love?

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
12:30 to 1:30 p.m., WAC S-201

A discussion on how today's society views dating, marriage and relationships with Lisa Lyons, academic resource advisor and Rebound Program coordinator. Bring your lunch and join the discussion!

Is My Black Beautiful? A Conversation About Colorism

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Noon to 2 p.m., Wiseman Student Lounge

Are you lighter or darker than a paper bag? Are lighter shades more beautiful than darker ones? Is there such a thing as "light-skin privilege?" Join Jasmine McCall and Professor Amanda Lopez for a discussion about colorism. Free pizza. Sponsored by the Race and Justice Education and Action group (RJEA).

Leslé Honoré

Friday, February 9, 2018
3 to 5 p.m., Butler Reception Room

Join us in welcoming guest speaker Leslé Honoré! Honoré is a "blaxican" poet and mother of three phenomenal mini-humans. A freedom fighter and spirit writer, Honoré expresses herself through poetry, focusing mainly on social injustice. She hopes that through her work she can help give voices to people who are often silenced, are unheard and feel invisible.

Super Saturday: Open Mic Night

Saturday, February 10, 2018
9 p.m., Regina Res Center

Come and have a cup of joe with Elected of Zion! Elected of Zion hosts this week's Super Saturday with performances, food and contest prizes. Open mic performances are encouraged for chances to win. Grab your cup of inspiration and prepare for a night of fun!

"Activism at SXU: Student Perspectives"

Monday, February 12, 2018
1 p.m., Wiseman Student Lounge

Join moderator Karen Benjamin, SXU history professor, in a continuation of the student panel series for a discussion about "Activism at SXU.” Fellow students will examine activism, the state of our union and the internet age. Together, we will discuss the role of activists in the modern, internet age and feeling about the direction our nation is headed.

SXU Speaks: "It Takes A Queen, To Know A King: Debunking This Generation's #RelationshipGoals"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
12:30 to 1:30 p.m., WAC S-201

Join us for this week's SXU Speaks topic! Bring your lunch and be prepared to discuss what our generation searches for in a companion versus what we glorify in the media. Student and African American Studies Diaspora Club Secretary Jennetta Dunbar will host and lead the discussion.

Queer, Black And Christian: The Spiritual Experience

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
2:30 p.m., Butler Reception Room (L-203)

Join Elected of Zion for an open forum discussion on black LGBTQIA+. Explore the intersectionality of black and queer people in the church and the relationship between the black LGBTQIA+ community, the Black Church and its leaders. This event will include broad discussion of identity in black LGBTQIA+ and spirituality as a whole. This event will be facilitated by Jaraed Thomas, resident director and coordinator for community inclusion.

"Back Down Memory Lane"

Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Noon to 2 p.m., Wiseman Student Lounge

Walk through the decades, starting with the Harlem Renaissance and continuing through the start of the new millennium. Stop by any time to walk down the lane!

Black Hair-itage

Thursday, February 15, 2018
4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Wiseman Student Lounge

Learn about African-American hair journeys, textures and products from our very own SXU students.

Taking Responsibility For Racial Violence

Thursday, February 15, 2018
7 p.m., McGuire Hall

Patterns of racial violence have a systemic social dimension that requires going beyond the individual responsibilities of perpetrators of such violence. Analyzing different kinds of complicity with racial violence and defending a view of shared responsibility, Jose Medina, Ph.D., from Northwestern University, will argue for a kind of political mobilization and resistance against racial violence that he terms epistemic activism, which will be discussed by analyzing photo activism and the activist practices of organizations like the NAACP and social movements like Black Lives Matter.

David Anthony Geary

Friday, February 16, 2018
6 p.m., Butler Reception Room (L-203)

Join us in welcoming guest speaker David Anthony Geary, a transdisciplinary artist working for the last 20 years. Culture and life experiences are not only aspects of his art but aspects of his character that emerge through art. Communicating his global perspective through visual language, he became fluent in many dialects of art, including painting, printmaking, collage, assemblage, sculpture or photography. The nuance of the human experience, both the introspective and observed, are an integral part of his process.

Super Saturday: Kickin' It Old School Party

Saturday, February 17, 2018
9 p.m., Regina Res Center

Join Black Student Union as we bring in 2018 with our Fourth Annual KIOS Party for Super Saturday! Enjoy the songs from the past and dive into a cultural rebirth. Don't forget to wear your favorite "Blast from the Past" outfits and dance the night away. Food will also be provided.

SXU Speaks: Being The "Black Guy": A Conversation

Tuesday, February 20
12:30 to 1:30 p.m., WAC S-201

Join James Alford from Student Support Services, Adonis Totten from Records and Advising, and Jaraed Thomas from Campus Life for a conversation about debunking the one-size-fits-all perception for males of color in various spaces in the 21st Century. Bring your lunch and join the conversation!

Black History Month Trivia

Thursday, February 22, 2018
4 to 6 p.m., Wiseman Student Lounge

Test your knowledge of black history at this event sponsored by the History Club and Amanda Lopez, associate professor of history! Teams of up to four people will battle over three rounds on famous people and events in African-American and African diaspora history! Win prizes! Eat food!

Convening of Black Excellence

Thursday, February 22, 2018
6 p.m., Butler Reception Room (L-203)

Network with successful black professionals and pioneers in the Chicagoland area. This event will give you a glimpse of what your future could look like. Refreshments provided.

African-American Achievement Awards

Saturday, February 24
5 to 6:30 p.m., McGuire Hall

The African-American Achievement Awards will recognize the contributions and achievements of African-American students, faculty and staff at Saint Xavier University. Please wear African print or all-black business attire.

Black Tie Affair

Saturday, February 24
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Butler Reception Room (L-203)

Join us immediately following the African-American Achievement Awards for food, fellowship and congratulating the award recipients and nominees.

Poetry With Kevin Coval

Monday, February 26
4:15 p.m., Fourth Floor Boardroom

Meet poet and community builder Kevin Coval, also known as Chicago's poet laureate and mentor to Chance the Rapper. Coval is the author of 10 books, including "A People's History of Chicago" and founder of Louder Than A Bomb: The Chicago Youth Poetry Festival. Sponsored by RJEA, the Education Department and the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department.

SXU Speaks: "Just Mercy" Discussion

Tuesday, February 27
12:30 to 1:30 p.m., WAC S-201

Join faculty, staff and students to discuss key questions from the book "Just Mercy" by Bryan Stevenson. We will discuss similar current state laws (stand-your-ground laws) and if we support them, your personal feelings before and after reading the book, state laws about incarceration and how they affect us, and the effects of living in injustice and racist times. Bring your lunch and join the discussion!

Events sponsored by: the African American Studies Department, African American Studies Diaspora Club, Black Student Union, Elected of Zion, Race and Justice Education Action (RJEA), University Mission and Ministry, Residence Life, the Education Department, the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department and Student Activities.

For more information, contact Student Life at 773-298-5114 or