Black History Month Kick-off Event: Perspectives on Race
One exciting aspect of the program will allow attendees to learn about the legacy of race in America, examining and processing issues such as self-concept, educational disparity and how to thrive in a diverse society in 2012 from a broad and diverse interactive student panel, facilitated by Elliott Dawes, Executive Director of the CUNY Black Male Initiative. Several CSI faculty, students and staff will be a part of this dynamic program.
There will be art on display at the event by local artist, David Zukas. The artist's current series of paintings are presented on doors. The concept comes from the "Door of No Return," which was the representational door that slaves passed through before being sent to the new world. Traditionally one thinks of a door as a restraint or a barrier. Conversely, the artist has been thinking of a door as a gateway, portal, vestibule, or a threshold individual's must physically and emotionally pass through in order to better comprehend themselves. The artist's goal is to visualize transformative ideas so that one changes after passing through the gateway.
Prior to the event, members of the College community will have an opportunity to share their thoughts about Black History Month in 2012 on a "Wall of Introspection." Please join the entire CSI community for an afternoon of celebration to honor the rich African American heritage that fosters learning about the value of diversity as well as our commonality and our shared future. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
February 9, 2012
College of Staten Island
2800 Victory Boulevard