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Black History Month — Celebrating Black Scientists

The university will mark the significance of Black History Month with a series of art performances, activities, lectures, films, and more. The College of Natural Sciences (CNS) proudly joins in the celebration to honor Black achievement throughout time.

February 9, 2021

One of our core values in the College of Natural Sciences (CNS) is the belief that academic excellence in science can only be achieved when faculty, staff, and students from diverse perspectives come together in an environment that is inclusive and equitable. Black History Month provides a special opportunity for us to put this value into action through our engagement. 


This month provides many opportunities to learn something new about Black history, Black lives and Black legacies. While acknowledging stories of struggle and slavery, we must also recognize the tremendous achievements and resilience of Black Americans throughout history and today. In addition to the activities across the university, we also invite you to learn about the momentous and countless contributions of Black scientists and mathematicians and encourage you to find ways to bring their work into your discussions in classes, research groups, and journal clubs.

The CNS community is especially honored to share the science and legacy of our own colleague Professor Nate Whitaker, Department Head in Mathematics and Statistics, who will be presenting a Distinguished Faculty Lecture in the upcoming semester to share his research and highlight his journey as a Black scholar in STEM. We celebrate Professor Whitaker's contributions to scholarship in mathematics and the CNS community as a whole. 

Be sure to visit the calendar of events to see the full list of activities taking place this month.

Below you will find some resources that will help you honor the achievements of Black scientists.

And here is some information on the lack of research funding and awards for Black scientists.

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