Black History Month Highlights
During February, SUA celebrated Black History Month. During an assembly with all grade levels, special guests shared the accomplishments of Black Americans. Annie Ruth shared an uplifting message with our students during our morning assemblies that were organized and led by SICU (Sisters in Cultural Unity, SUA's Black student organization) and Hands Across Campus (HAC) students. We also had live musical selections sung by Deondra Means (Children's Theatre) and Bishop Todd and Linda O’Neal (House of Joy Ministries). Students also learned a contemporary version of "Lift Every Voice and Sing" written by James Weldon Johnson.
DEI Faith in Action Day
Freshmen and sophomore's participated in diversity and self-awareness activities on February 23, part of Faith in Action Day.
Freshmen had DEI training with Tommie Lewis from Make it Plain Consulting. They also had an interactive experience with the Cincinnati Art Museum, under the direction of Carrie Maras, looking at contemporary artwork provoking conversation about race and gender. Praise (Manga African Dance) and Heather Britt of Dance Fix taught the students social dance from different cultures. Lastly, they watched a video by Dr. Tonya Matthews breaking down the roles of the SUA Academy Alum (thinker, leader, nurturer, and prophet) through her poetry.
Sophomore students explored what makes up their identity, learned about their classmates, and were educated about the impact of the women's suffrage movement from Ohio women in government. They learned about inequities, local Black history, and Holocaust survivors and also participated in a meditation and relaxation experience guided by alumna Kara Pierson. The sophomores were able to watch Dr. Matthew’s video too.
Winter Diversity Events
On February 18, in conjunction with the Social Justice Club, SUA hosted guest speaker Dr. Zaria Davis from Ohio Innocence Project The Social Justice Club focused on Racial Justice Awareness. The virtual program looked at injustices within the criminal justice system and how you can be an agent of change. On February 25, we offered a viewing of the movie "Just Mercy", which is based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson.
During the entire month of February, SICU (Sisters in Cultural Unity) had a "Buy Black Solidarity Campaign." They wanted to celebrate and promote African American SUA alumnae businesses and promote them on their social media sites. They also wanted to show their friends that spending dollars with Black businesses is a way to fight racism and make a social impact. They featured alumnae Courtney Brown, Cheryl Hunn, Jonda Proffit, Atiya McNeal, and Kara Pierson. Their in-school program was canceled due to a snow day, however, they continued to promote the campaign on their social media.
Closing out Women's History Month
During the month of March we celebrated Women’s History Month through posters displays, acknowledging International Women’s Day, and sharing the contributions of women throughout history, culture and society.
We will continue to celebrate Women's History Month throughout the month of April and May. The DEI Department will share several videos of diverse women in our community who are "Powerful Women who live as thinkers, leaders nurturers, and prophets". The goal is to inspire our students by hearing from dynamic women about this theme through their lens and experiences. It also gives SUA students the opportunity to meet and celebrate powerful women and promote sisterhood in our community. We honored Speaker, Author, and Olympic Gold Medalist Mary Wineburg as the first speaker. Click here to listen to her video that was shared with students this week.
Toilynn O'Neal Turner, SUA Diversity Director