Celebrating Black History Month

Black History Month

Africana Studies Kick Off Brunch

January 30

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM MST

Hosted by UNM Africana Studies



Flag Raising Ceremony

February 1

Time 12:00 PM MST

The Pan-African flag is a symbol of Black liberation and every year AASS kicks off our Black History Month at UNM with raising the flag at Scholes Hall. This year, we will continue the tradition virtually and include coverage from UNM HSC and their Black history month banner hanging.

Flag Raising video will be featured on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube

Hosted by UNM African American Student Services

Popular Hair Moments in Black Music History

February 2

12:00 – 1:00 PM MST

“Black musicians have resisted limited ideals of beauty and offered us a rich narrative of hair that belongs to Black people all their own.”
- Natelege Whaley

Join us as we unpack the best Black hair in music history featuring journalist Natelege Whaley. Whaley’s work has been featured in NBC News, The Huffington Post, Teen Vogue, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and so many more.

Presented by
Natelege Whaley

Hosted by UNM African American Student Services
Program will be featured on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube

Collegiate CROWN Act Town hall

February 4

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM MST

The CROWN Act stands for Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair. During this townhall, participants will learn about the history of Black hair, the magic of joyful collaboration, and an opportunity to share hair stories across the state.

Hosted by UNM African American Student Services

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Feed Your Soul

February 5

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST

This Friday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. will kick off the Black History Month festivities. The featured programming for Feb. 5 will be the following:

    • A video of UNM’s African American Student Services(AASS) Flag Raising Ceremony. Every year this team honors Black History Month at UNM with raising the PanAfrican flag at Scholes Hall.
    • A screening of a short video collage of UNM and HSC staff singing a stanza of “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
    • Cooking demonstration by UNMH Chefs Warren and G. Washington as they bring the comforting flavors of home cooking with their delicious and tantalizing recipes.

Hosted by UNM Health

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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Program

February 7

Truman Health Services will be providing safer sex kits and HIV/AIDS testing for our UNM community. Please contact African American Student Services for additional info: afro@unm.edu

Hosted by UNM African American Student Services

Are you getting the vaccine? A Community Discussion

February 11

7:00 – 8:30 PM MST

New Mexico is rolling out the COVID-19 vaccine to the public and there has been no coordinated effort to educate or engage the Black community around getting vaccinated.  There is a history of distrust in the Black community around mass vaccinations and healthcare as a whole. In a recent Healthline article, Titled Why Some Black and Latinx People Are Reluctant to Get the COVID-19 Vaccine it was highlighted that “experts say we need to work directly with community leaders and amplify the voices of people of color to ease fears, build trust, and disseminate proper information about the vaccines.”  We are doing just that. Join us on FB or YouTube as we have a REAL conversation about mass vaccinations and the Black community.  Thank you to our sponsor NMDOH Equity Office for believing in our vision.

Hosted by Welstand Foundation


Art is Love

A Snapshot of Oliver LaGrone’s sculpture, “Mercy

Burque Noir: a conversation with founder, Ebony Isis Booth

February 12

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST

  • The 5th floor of the BBRP is hometo African-American artist OliverLaGrone’s bronze sculpture,“Tender Mercies.” It was first housed at the former Carrie Tingley Children’shospital in Truth of Consequences, NM and then moved to Albuquerque where it is now a part of the UNM permanent collection. This year we will share a snapshot of the story behind this remarkable piece.
  • Programming for this day will also include a virtual message from Burque Noir’s founder, Ebony Isis Booth. Burque Noir showcases black-identifying artists, whether they’re performance artists, spoken-word poets, musicians,or dancers and gives these artists a chance to see themselves represented and reflected in others’ faces, words, and creative practices--collaborations that crossthe lines that divide communities in order to bring our city together and highlight Black artists.

Hosted by UNM Health

Resiliency in the Black Community: Past, Present, & Future

February 12

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST


Psychological resilience is the ability to mentally or emotionally cope and adapt in the face of adversity. While resilience can be developed, we should consider how some may have no choice but to be resilient. For Black communities, generations of trauma, systemic racism, and cultural obstacles have placed this population at risk for psychological distress, yet many African Americans have persevered through these challenges. During this interactive presentation, we will celebrate the strength and resilience of this community and provide strategies to enhance wellness in the future.

Presented by
Dr. Ryan C. Warner
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Founder & CEO of RC Warner Consulting, LLC

Hosted by the HSC Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion



RAW Tuba

February 18

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM MST

Did you know Dr. White, a tenured faculty member in the UNM Music Department is the FIRST African American to receive a doctorate in music for Tuba Performance? Join us as we stream R.A.W. Tuba, a documentary on Dr. Richard Antoine White (R.A.W.) and his story of being a Baltimore child who experienced intermittent homelessness but went on to become a world-class symphony musician and professor. Dr. White will join us for the program and speak with participants about his story and perseverance.

Presented by
Dr. White
Associate Professor of Tuba & Euphonium,
Associate Director of Marching Band,
UNM Music

Hosted by UNM African American Student Services

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Making “Practice”

February 19

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST

Hakim Bellamy
Deputy Director, Cultural Services Department - City of Albuquerque
Inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Albuquerque (2012-2014)

Creatives and medical professionals alike often call what they do “practice.” Sometimes that is a brick and mortar officespace...other times it is the everpresent but sometimes silent nature of the word “arts” that flanks the banner of our shared professions. Literary Arts. Medical Arts. Implied is the notion that what we do or create is unique to the circumstances of the moment. Unique to the patient. Unique to the diagnosis. Unique to the available medical science and pharmacology. However, when the social determinants of health create unfavorable odds for a patient like myself, born Black in America, poetry becomes practice for the things that ail us. I will spend time in this session sharing my reflections on poetry as interpretation (30 Americans Virtual Tour @ Albuquerque Museum) and instrument. We’ll also Q&A and I’ll share a new poem or two.

About Hakim Bellamy
Before being tapped by Mayor Keller to serve as the Deputy Director of the Cultural Services Department, Hakim Bellamy was the Inaugural Poet Laureate for the City of Albuquerque (2012-2014). Bellamy is a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Community Leadership Network Fellow, a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, an Academy for the Love of Learning Leonard Bernstein Fellow, Western States Arts Alliance Launchpad Fellow, Santa Fe Arts Institute Food Justice Fellow, New Mexico Strategic Leadership Institute alum and soon to be Citizen University Civic Seminary Fellow (August 2020). In 2012 he published his first collection of poetry, SWEAR (West End Press/University of New Mexico Press), and it landed him the Working Class Studies Tillie Olsen Award forLiterature in 2012. With an M.A. in Communications from the University of New Mexico (UNM), Bellamy has held adjunctfaculty positions at UNM and the Institute of American Indian Arts. Bellamy has shared his work, in person, in atleast five countries and continues to use his art to change his communities. His latest book is We Are Neighbors (2019),a collaboration with photographer Justin Thor Simenson. www.beyondpoetryink.com

A special thanks to the Albuquerque Museum for providing the 30 Americans virtual tour.

Hosted by UNM Health

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The Bigger Picture: Hip Hop & the BLM Movement

February 25

4:30 – 5:30 PM MST

Dr. Bonnette-Bailey, faculty member at Georgia State University’s Africana Studies department will walk us through Hip Hop's legacy of political consciousness and its connection with the Black Lives Matter Movement. Send in your favorite woke hip hop song to our IG story to hear Dr. Bonnette discuss the lyrics.

Presented by
Dr. Bonnette-Bailey
Associate Professor, Pre-PhD Faculty Associate
Georgia State University

Hosted by UNM African American Student Services

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Social Determinants of Pharmacy Deserts

February 25

3:00 - 4:30 PM MST

Cheryl Wisseh, PharmD, MPH
Zone 5 Director, National Pharmaceutical Association

Dr. Cheryl Wisseh is a Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California at Irvine School of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences and an Assistant Professor within the Family Medicine Department of the College of Medicine at Charles R. Drew University (CDU) of Medicine and Science. She is also a Clinical Research Education and Career Development Phase II Scholar at CDU and a primary care clinical pharmacist at a federally qualified health care center in South Central Los Angeles. In her role as a clinical pharmacist, she focuses on comprehensive medication management across chronic diseases commonly seen in primary care/family medicine. Dr. Wisseh is deeply passionate about health equity for minority underserved communities, the social determinants of health and their impact on underserved and minority communities, and community engagement. Her research interests include the previously mentioned areas and the pharmacist’s role in reducing racial/ethnic health disparities. Dr. Wisseh also currently serves on the National Pharmaceutical Association Board of Directors as the Zone 5 Director.

Presentation objectives

  1. Describe the concept of pharmacy deserts
  2. Discuss the public health implications of limited access to pharmacies

Hosted by the HSC Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion



UNM College of Nursing Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (JEDI) Panel

February 25

11:00 AM MST

Moderator: Lindsay Smart, Ph.D. Associate Vice Chancellor for Leadership and Faculty Equity & Inclusion UNM HSC Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Dr. Felina Ortiz, DNP, RN, CNM
Dr. Lisa J. Day, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Dr. Elizabeth Dickson, PhD, RN
Dr. Lisa M. Taylor, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, C-DCES, BC-ADM
Dr. Heidi Rogers, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, APHN-BC

Nurses (and providers) need to be prepared to provide culturally humble care to an ever-increasing diverse patient population and the communities where they reside. College of Nursing faculty identified a need to update the content to deliver a comprehensive review of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) concepts, how systemic racism impacts health outcomes, and how nurses can address and dismantle systems of discrimination/oppression that affect the health of our New Mexico communities. Today, we have an opportunity to share what this work has looked like to date and where we are going moving forward.

Hosted by the HSC Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion



The Vital Necessity for Cultivating an Equity & Inclusion Lens to Promote the Health of New Mexicans

February 26

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM MST

Assata Zerai, PhD
Vice President for Equity & Inclusion
Professor of Sociology at The University of New Mexico

Dr. Assata Zerai will lead a fascinating discussion that addresses some of the equity and inclusion topics in our community. Please send questions you would like for Dr. Zerai to address to: MTBustamante@salud.unm.edu by 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 24th.

About Dr. Assata Zerai Dr. Assata Zerai serves as the Vice President for Equity & Inclusion (VPEI) and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. One year into her appointment at VPEI, Zerai brings a wealth of experience and a strong record of leading, planning for, resourcing, and documenting the impact of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. At the helm of the Division of Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Zerai has expanded diversity programming and strategy at UNM.

Zerai’s research interests include African women’s accessto mobile technology, making the work of marginalized scholars more accessible, and environmental justice/health activism. She has published five books spanning these topics, the latest of which is African Women, ICT and Neoliberal Politics: The Challenge of Gendered Digital Divides to People-Centered Governance (Routledge 2019).

Dr. Zerai hails from the University of Illinois (2002-2019), where she served as full professor of sociology, in addition to a number of administrative roles. Zerai’s work as an Associate Chancellor and Associate Provost at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign included multiple initiatives to diversify and enhance inclusivity of faculty, students, and staff from underrepresented groups there. For example, Zerai served as co-PI on a $1,000,000 award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to increase proportions of graduate students of color underrepresented in STEM. Zerai received the Zenobia Lawrence Hikes Faculty Women of Color in the Academy, National Award for Outstanding Administrative/Professional Faculty of the Year (March 2018).

Hosted by UNM Health