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Black History 365

Created by students, BH365 exists to promote Black history and current affairs that influence the varied experiences of the Black community, and to give a voice to the student experience at the UConn School of Social Work.



BIPOC Communities: Navigating the New Normal


Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 6:00 pm-7:30 pm ET
Online - Zoom

Join us via Zoom for an inclusive forum as we come together to discuss what it means for BIPOC communities to navigate the “new normal” since the impact of COVID-19. Open to SSW students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Co-sponsored by: Black History 365, Hispanic and Latinx Heritage and Just Community Committees

Space is limited!


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The Naked Truth: Death by Delivery

Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 2:00 pm-3:30 pm ET
Online - Zoom

Pregnancy-related deaths can occur as long as a year after birth. According to a CDC study, 31% happen during pregnancy, 36% happen during birth or within a week after, and 33% occur eight days to a year after birth. [Source] Black women in the United States experience unacceptably poor maternal health outcomes, including disproportionately high rates of death related to pregnancy or childbirth. Both societal and health system factors contribute to high rates of poor health outcomes and maternal mortality for Black women, who are more likely to experience barriers to obtaining quality care and often face racial discrimination throughout their lives. [Source

Black women are three to four times more likely to experience a pregnancy-related death than white women. 

Join us for an engaging discussion on the various barriers that surround Black Maternal Health and Infant Mortality. 

Panelists will discuss the historical context of structural racism, legislation and what's happening to address the issue.

Participants are encouraged to view this documentary before the event for context.


Meet our Panelists:


Tilling the Soil:
Black Farmers, Sustainability and Uplifting Community

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Join us for a panel discussion where the distinguished speakers will discuss the history and significance of Black farming and farmers, efforts made to support the Black community in leading healthier lives through education and direct access to healthier foods; and advocacy work to address the systemic racism Black farmers and activists face, particularly during COVID-19. Through their lived experiences, the speakers will share their successes and challenges and share a call to action to address the injustices experienced by Black Farmers and activists.


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The Principles of Kwanzaa

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

This interactive workshop will provide a contextual history of Kwanzaa and identify its core principles. By learning the significance of Kwanzaa often simply shrugged as a “made-up holiday,” we can begin to introduce and refamiliarize ourselves in cultural traditions that affirm Black livelihood.

Participants will reflect on their personal identities and learn tangible ways to honor the tradition of Kwanzaa in their everyday lives.


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Black Lives Matter: Facts vs. Myths

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Join us for a panel discussion where the distinguished speakers will demystify the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM) and address ‘popular’ misconceptions. Panelists will discuss pivotal socio-political moments, including the upsurge in the use of video recordings to document police brutality and murders of Black individuals. Through the lens of Connecticut’s BLM 860 and BLM’s New Haven chapter, successes, challenges and plans for moving forward will be presented.

This program offers the opportunity for participants to gain a better understanding of BLM and support BLM’s fight for Freedom, Liberation and Justice.


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Questions & Additional Information




If you have questions or require additional information for any of these events, please contact Abigail G. Jackson, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations via email.

All Zoom information would be provided upon registration.​

These events may be recorded for UConn and UConn Foundation promotional materials