Black History Month Resource Page

Black History Month is a time to honor and recognize the invaluable contributions of Black luminaries throughout history. It is a moment to reflect on the achievements, resilience, and impact that Black individuals have made in shaping our society and culture.

Empire State University is committed to fostering an inclusive environment that values diversity and promotes deep intentional understanding. To that end, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has created this resource page dedicated to Black History Month.

This resource page provides information for those interested in learning more about the Black experience, allyship, and advocacy. It will serve as a platform for education, dialogue, and reflection, fostering a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by the Black community and the importance of solidarity.

Corning Community College

February 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Corning Community College, Library's Hanley Room (LIB102) and via Zoom

Corning & CCC Black History Month Discussion: Bridging the Divide - Closing the Wealth and Opportunity Gap

Panel Overview:
This discussion aims to explore the systemic challenges, potential solutions, and the role of various stakeholders in creating a more equitable future. Also, it aims to inspire actionable steps towards a more equitable future for black communities, especially ours. The panelists will share their insights, experiences, and strategies for fostering economic and educational empowerment and dismantling barriers to success.


  • Identify Systemic Challenges: Examine the historical and structural factors contributing to black communities' wealth and opportunity gap.
  • Share Success Stories: Highlight successful initiatives and projects that have positively impacted economic and educational empowerment.
  • Explore Opportunities: Discuss the role of educational institutions and community development in supporting businesses and initiatives that uplift black communities.
  • Promote Collaboration: Encourage collaboration between businesses, government agencies, universities/colleges, and community organizations to create holistic solutions.
  • Inspire Community: Motivate and encourage our community members.

Jerome Emmanuel, Community Development Director at Alternatives Federal Credit Union: Jerome will share his knowledge and insights on various local initiatives and community development efforts to gain a deeper understanding of how these initiatives are shaping the future of our community and contributing to its long-term growth.

Justin Grant, Executive Director - Community Development & National Partnerships/DEI at JP Morgan. With a focus on community development and diversity, equity, and inclusion, Justin will provide perspectives on the importance of collaboration and inclusive policies in closing the wealth gap.

Kelsey Davis, Founder & CEO at CLLCTVE. As the founder of CLLCTVE, Kelsey brings a unique perspective on the intersection of technology, creativity, and community building. She will discuss innovative approaches to empower black communities through entrepreneurship and skill development.

Register for Zoom Link Here

Meeting ID: 999 8200 6395
Passcode: 807035

SUNY New Paltz

February 12, 6:45 - 8 p.m.

If You Only Knew…

Co-sponsored by the Educators of Color Network, & Future Teachers of Color – This panel discussion will explore issues faced by educators of color that may surprise you. Then plan to join the conversation in our breakout rooms.

Cara Breitenbach, Maya Leslie, Janacia James, Dr. Danielle Point Du Jour, & Angela Armstrong

Register for Zoom Link Here

SUNY New Paltz

February 29, 7 p.m.

Where did the Church Go?

The Black church has a long history of faith-based social consciousness and voice. Does it still? Join us for a lively discussion on “Where did the church go?” with local clergy responses to this question.

Pastor André Louis, Pastor McWilliams, & Evelyn Clarke

Register for Zoom Link Here

Rockland Community College

Visit Rockland Community College's Black History Month page for a list of upcoming events.

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