Missouri S&T events highlight Black History Month

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On January 26, 2023

Students listen to spoken word poetry during a Black History Month celebration at Missouri S&T. Photo by Sam O’Keefe/ Missouri S&T.

Missouri S&T will host a variety of events this February in observation of Black History Month. Campus events will take place throughout the month, including several that are open to the community.  

Planned events include:

  • Ken Nwadike Jr., Martin Luther King Jr. Program Speaker: 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, in Leach Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. Motivational speaker and peace activist Ken Nwadike Jr. will speak about his work to advance King’s dreams of worldwide peace. There will be a giveaway for tickets to Brian Owens and the Mighty Pines at Leach Theatre on Feb. 3.              
  • Brian Owens and the Mighty Pines, part of S&T’s Campus Performing Arts Series:  7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Leach Theatre. Tickets are $38 for adults and $33 for students and youth under age 18. Highlighting the diversity of artists in the St. Louis region, soul singer Brian Owens will perform with roots band the Mighty Pines.
  • Cynthia Chapple, Black History Month Featured Speaker: 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9, in Leach Theatre. This event is free and open to the public. Cynthia Chapple will speak about her work as the founder and director of Black Girls Do STEM, an organization that works to educate and inspire Black girls to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • “Celebrate Diversity in STEM” field trip to S&T on Friday, Feb. 10, for students in grades 5-12. Hosted by the Kummer Center for STEM Education, S&T’s departments will come together to showcase diverse talent that contributes to science, technology, engineering and math fields.
  • “History Alive” Museum: Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15, Missouri S&T students will be able to visit different locations on campus to learn about high-achieving people of color in different engineering fields. The first 50 students to visit eight locations will receive an invitation to a special dinner.
  • George B. Vashon Museum field trip: Saturday, Feb. 18, for S&T students. Student Diversity Initiatives will provide a free field trip to the George B. Vashon Museum of African American History in St. Louis. Interested students can register for the field trip until Sunday, Feb. 12, at https://mst.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_cZ7GxtzNw7ijXpk.
  • Night to Network: 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20, in the St. Pat’s Ballroom at the Havener Center. Employers will meet and network with registered students the night prior to the Career Fair.
  • Dinner to Jazz: 8-10 p.m Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Signature Event Center, 1701 County Road 7100 in Rolla. Coordinated by the NSBE and Black Gems student organizations, this event will feature jazz, food, awards and more. Tickets are $20 for S&T students and $35 for faculty, alumni, and guests.
  • Pre-College Initiative weekend, Feb. 23-26. PCI is an on-campus visit program for Black high school students interested in careers in STEM fields. Through information sessions and activities, students will learn about career options and gain a better understanding of college life. PCI is sponsored by Missouri S&T’s student chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers and Student Diversity Initiatives.

For more information on any of these events, visit sdi.mst.edu or email Shannon Young at shannon.young@mst.edu.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,000 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit mst.edu.

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