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Black History Month

What is Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual celebration in February that honors the rich history, achievements, and contributions of African Americans to society. It’s also a time to bring attention to the often-overlooked stories and experiences of Black individuals throughout history. Black History Month serves as a platform to commemorate the resilience, cultural impact, and significant milestones of Black communities. This spans from the struggles against slavery and segregation to present-day accomplishments across various fields, including art, science, politics, and activism. Through observing Black History Month, we are reminded to appreciate the pivotal role African Americans have played in shaping the fabric of society and advancing the cause of equality and justice.

During Black History Month, numerous events and discussions take place nationwide, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Black heritage. Through storytelling, art, literature, and historical reflections, Black History Month serves as an opportunity for people of all backgrounds to engage in meaningful dialogue, learn from the past, and work together toward a more equitable and inclusive future.

Why is Black History Month Important at Western?

Black History Month provides a vital platform to promote inclusivity, diversity, and cultural awareness within the academic community. At Western Colorado University, celebrating Black History Month serves as an opportunity to honor the contributions, struggles, and achievements of African Americans. It allows for the exploration of diverse perspectives and experiences that enrich the university’s educational environment.

Celebrating Black History Month aligns with the university’s commitment to creating an inclusive campus culture that values the experiences and contributions of all individuals, regardless of their background or ethnicity. Ultimately, Black History Month at Western Colorado University fosters a more inclusive and culturally competent community within the academic setting.

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The Multicultural Awareness Scholarship

The Multicultural Awareness Scholarship is open to continuing, full-time Colorado residents who have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a contribution or promotion of diversity on Western’s campus. Contact Sally Romero, Director of Unity and Belonging, for more information.

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Multicultural Center


Sally Romero

Director of Unity and Belonging

Assistant Director

Miriam Olvera

Assistant Director of Unity and Belonging - Student Success Initiatives

Contact Information




8 a.m. - 5 p.m., M-F

Campus Location

Western Colorado University
University Center 122
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231

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