watch follow site by Mya Clark, Staff Writer The University of West Florida Department of Equity and Diversity’s vision is to be “an intellectual and cultural center that engages students, faculty, staff and community partners in an ongoing and dynamic process that prepares each of us to be culturally competent in an ever-changing multicultural world.” Black History Month is no exception; not only to the department, but to its staff as well.

see Mikia Carter, Assistant Director for the Office of Equity and Diversity, has been a university staff member for five years and obtained her master’s degree in college student affairs in 2014 from UWF. Carter’s vision for Black History Month, and diversity in general, is education.

subaction showcomments canadian propecia start from online drugstore “Education is key,” Carter said. “Being sure to make people aware and educating on the many cultures we represent on this campus is my main goal.” Throughout the month of February, the department will host various events showcasing the African-American community. The events will include the Trailblazer Awards ceremony; the Black Business Expo; partnerships with student organizations for The Law and Your Community event; Dear UWF; and discussion on African-American history, sponsored by the UWF Historic Trust. For faculty, staff and students, Black History Month can impact lives in a variety of ways and have different meanings, not only throughout the university, but across the country.

follow url “For me, Black History Month is a time to honor the ones who (paved) the way and celebrate the ones who are making a difference,” Carter said. “We are so fortunate to have a month to celebrate the amazingness that is Black History Month.” Although the Department of Equity and Diversity is still expanding, the amount of recognition and support that the African-American community has received on campus is increasing. Equity and Diversity has continued to increase inclusivity throughout campus.

Each year is a new opportunity to become involved in campus activities supporting and acknowledging Black History Month, no matter how long one has been at the university. Black History Month also gives various organizations, committees and boards the opportunity to come together and celebrate the various aspects of African-American history.

“I love how our office is able to educate and partner with Arcadia Mills, the African-American Student Association and Student Government Association to celebrate Black History Month this year,” Carter said.

Black History Month can be celebrated at any age and does not just have to begin and end in college; some of the best memories of celebrating Black History Month can be right from your own hometown.

“My fondest memory celebrating Black History Month is packing out one of the biggest churches in my hometown and having kids from all sorts of communities performing and showcasing their talent and culture,” Carter said.

Campus diversity is something that students, faculty and staff can be proud of. It can open up more conversations about the similarities and differences within the community.  

“My hope is that students are able to be more open to have conversations about their differences as well as their likeness,” Carter said. “I also hope that students feel welcomed, appreciated, represented and safe on UWF’s campus.”