On Monday, April 8, University Activities Board’s Black Students Board hosted Trap N Paint as part of Pan-Afrikan Week in Mountain-Piedmont Ballroom in Talley Student Union. This annual event combined painting with listening to trap music.
On Saturday, April 6, the African Student Union held its annual “African Night” as part of the 2019 Pan-Afrikan Week. Pan-Af Week is organized by the University Activities Board’s Black Students Board.
On Monday, April 1, the GLBT Center hosted Josh Burford, queer archivist and historian, as their Week of Action keynote speaker. Burford’s background as an activist-turned-archivist followed suit with the Week of Action’s theme of advocacy around intersectional social justice issues. He specifically discussed the history of radical queer activism and the future of queer advocacy work. Burford stated that his archival work stemmed from the lack of queer history in education systems.“There’s an ongoing problem,” Burford said. “Queer people don’t have access to their history. Less than 17% of all students…have access to any kind of queer history. That’s in the entire United States.”
On Mar. 19, Charlene Carruthers gave the keynote address in celebration of Womxn’s HERstory Month. Carruthers’ speech incorporated the theme of the Women’s Center’s approach to Womxn’s HERstory month—“Our Voice, Our Bodies, Our Stories: Tools for Radical Transformation.” On their event page, the Women’s Center describes Carruthers as a “Black, queer feminist community organizer and writer with over 15 years of experience in racial justice, feminist and youth leadership development movement work.”
The Student Government Diversity Outreach Department hosted a racial climate town hall on Wednesday, Mar. 6 in Witherspoon Student Center. Sam Chan, a third-year studying political science and business administration, and Shelsey Hall, a fourth-year studying philosophy and political science, are co-directors of the Department of Diversity Outreach.
On Feb. 28, Student Media hosted the Student Body President debate. This year, there are two presidential candidates, Emma Carter, a third-year studying sociology and international relations, and Alex Obiol, a third-year studying textile engineering. Carter’s vice-presidential candidate is Nicole Teague, a third-year studying business administration. Obiol’s vice-presidential candidate is Lexie Malico, a third-year PhD student studying chemistry.
On Feb. 23, the African American Cultural Center hosted its 12th annual Blacks in Wax Live Museum in Witherspoon Student Center. NC State students and volunteers portrayed African Americans of their choosing and gave a short summary about the figures.
On Monday, Feb. 11, journalist and political activist Shaun King delivered a lecture entitled “Cultivating Community and Creating Social Justice for All” in Talley Student Union. King’s lecture was a part of the Department of Social Work’s 2019 Lecture Series.