In celebration of Black History, Mesa Community College (MCC) presents Black History 2021 – A Year of Recognition. MCC will honor the achievements of Black people past and present by hosting events featuring Black history and culture through December 2021.
“By celebrating the entire year we will have a greater opportunity to reflect on Black history and culture, further acknowledging and learning about the historical and modern injustices,” said Tricia White, director of the MCC Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Black History Year Committee member. “We hope, by continuing the momentum launched in February during Black History Month, to engage with our students and our community to identify ways we can move forward, together.”
The community is encouraged to participate in MCC Black History Year events and programs and to review the resources and features found online at mesacc.edu/black-history-year.
“This Year of Recognition explores the impact Black Americans have made in areas such as our local community, entrepreneurship, education, film and arts, politics and law, and much more,” said Mona Scott Figueroa, Ed.D., MCC American Indian Studies and Sociology faculty, Phi Theta Kappa Advisor and Black History Year Committee member. “We are also sharing the accomplishments of our Black colleagues who excel in their area of expertise and have advanced diversity, equity and inclusion at MCC.”
Faculty Spotlights, celebrating the lives and accomplishments of Black employees, are published online monthly. To date, four Spotlights are available featuring employees from several areas within the college: Michelle Traveler, Ph.D., MBA from the Computer and Information Systems Department; Luis Ellis, a doctoral candidate at Fielding Graduate University, from Student Success Programs; Anthony Griffith, Ph.D. from the Reading Department; and Sheba Jones from the Dental Hygiene Department.
Recordings of virtual Black History Month events, including Community Resilience: Queer. Black. Trans., facilitated by Monic Jones, BSW, executive director of the Outlaw Project; and Where to we go from here: Chaos? Or Community?, led by Richard Crews, are available on demand at mesacc.edu/black-history-year.