As the month of February rolls around, Las Positas College coordinated with The Black Education Association to celebrate black heritage and inform students about the importance of Black history.
According to Dr. Jeanne Wilson, the Vice President of student services, “Celebrating Black History month on college campuses is a way to educate people about the triumphs and significant impact African Americans have made throughout US history, including the civil rights movement and our artistic, cultural, and political achievements”.
Furthermore, LPC dedicates itself to honoring Black students with Black Scholars Family Night and a Black Graduation Celebration event. All of which are collectively hosted by the Black Education Association, an organization of eager volunteers.
LPC also provides a space for students to decompress with health workshops. The workshops provide emotional support resources such as relaxation techniques and stress management methods to ensure that each student has the tools to thrive mentally.
In addition, LPC’s Black Cultural Resource Center has reopened.
“The BCRC is a space designed for students to study, arrange for academic, transfer or mental health counseling, meet in study groups and receive referrals for basic needs support. It is also a place to just hangout, have engaging discussions with other classmates or participate in fun activities such as open mics, movie nights, and game nights” said Wilson.
She continued, “The response regarding the grand re-opening has been phenomenal”. Students have since gathered in support of the center and attest to feeling welcomed.
The center provides services from Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. While Black History Month comes to a close at the end of February, resources will stay open year-round to help every Black student feel prepared and seen.
Sophia Sipe is Editor-In-Chief for The Express. Follow her @sophiasipe.