Cultural Awareness Months

Cultural Awareness Months represent the plight, struggles, and effective activism of many marginalized, underrepresented and underserved communities. The Cultural Awareness  Month Structure provides an opportunity for CSUEB to devote institutional and individual time to recognize the contributions of specific communities that are represented at the University.  It provides an opportunity for campus-wide recognition, community-building and will impact students, faculty, and staff.  Each month will feature a keynote speaker, community dialogue, and artifact from the speaker (book, creative work, etc.). This speaker series is co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs. 

Keynote Event Calendar

All of the keynote events are scheduled to take place during University Hour on Thursdays in order to allow the maximum number of participants to attend. The events are all open to students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community members. 

September: Latinx Month

Portrait of Sonia Nazrio standing in front of a sparkly background. The picture has a gold frame that says Latinx month

Sonia Nazario

9/17/2020, at 12:15 PM on Zoom

Sonia Nazario is an award-winning journalist whose stories have tackled some of this country’s most intractable problems — hunger, drug addiction, immigration — and have won some of the most prestigious journalism and book awards.

October: Accessibility Awareness Month

A still from the movie crip camp of an African American man with a guitar over one shoulder using his free hand to lean on the wheelchair of the young man infront of him.

Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution

10/15/2020, at 12:15 PM on Zoom 

Crip Camp starts in 1971 at Camp Jened, a summer camp in New York described as a "loose, free-spirited camp designed for teens with disabilities". The film focuses on those campers who turned themselves into activists for the disability rights movement and follows their fight for accessibility legislation. Join us on 10/15/2020 for a panel discussion with the team behind this powerful documentary.

The documentary will be screened in advance on 10/6/2020, 10/8/2020, 10/13/2020 at 12:00 PM.

November: Native Month

Director Pom standing with tribal members with Mount Shasta in the background.

One word Sawalmem

11/03/2020, at 12:15 on Zoom 

For Winnemem Wintu young man Michael "Pom" Preston Sawalmem represents an entire worldview, a vital vision for healing the world and for healing from the legacy of the Shasta Dam that, since the 1940s, has harmed salmon and the Sacramento River and the Winnemem Wintu people of Shasta Mountain, California. The time has come to listen to Michael and to the Winnemem Wintu tribe.

And to observe Sawalmem.

Julian Brave NoiseCat squinting into the distance.

Julian Brave NoiseCat

11/19/2020, at 12:15 PM on Zoom 

Julian Brave NoiseCat is director of Green New Deal Strategy for Data for Progress, a thinktank, and narrative change director for the Natural History Museum, an artist and activist collective. He is also a correspondent for Real America with Jorge Ramos and contributing editor for Canadian Geographic.

January: Social Justice Month

Alicia Garza smiling standing in front of a tall building.

Alicia Garza

1/28/2021, at 12:15 PM location TBD 

Alicia Garza is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, an international organizing project to end state violence and oppression against Black people, and author of the new book “The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.”

February: Black History Month

Melissa Harris Perry smiling with her braids tossed over her shoulder.

Melissa Harris Perry

2/25/2021, at 12:15 PM location TBD 

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry is the Maya Angelou Presidential Chair at Wake Forest University where she teaches courses on American politics and elections at the intersections of race, place, and gender. At Wake Forest University she served as founding director of the Anna Julia Cooper Center and founded the innovative bi-partisan program, Wake the Vote.

March: Women's History Month

Robin DiAngelo smiling in front of a brown backdrop.

Robin DiAngelo

3/18/2021, at 12:15 PM  location TBD

Robin DiAngelo, author of the best selling book “White Fragility,” is an academic and lecturer who has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice for more than 20 years. Join us, in community as DiAngelo examines the intersections of racism and womanhood as well as how this connection has deepened the trauma of slavery and systemic racism.

April: LGBTQ+ Month

Scott smiling looking into the camera.

Scott Turner Schofield

4/08/2021, at 12:15 PM location TBD

Scott Turner Schofield is an acclaimed diversity educator on transgender issues. He is also the first openly transgender actor to play a major role on daytime television “The Bold and the Beautiful.” He is a man who was a woman, a lesbian turned (mostly) straight guy who most people think is a gay man. He takes your labels and shreds them with a wink and a smile.

April: APIMESA Month

Pua Case smiling wearing a wreath on her head while standing in a grassy field.

Pua Case

4/15/2021, at 12:15 PM location TBD

Join us in community with Pua Case, an activist and Hawaiian culturalist, as we discuss the ongoing struggle to preserve Mauna Kea and other sacred sites of Hawaii. Aunty Pua is at the forefront of the fight to halt the construction and destruction of Mauna Kea.

Archived Cultural Awareness Month Lectures

Latinx Month

September 19, 2019

Accessibility Month

October 10, 2019

Native American Month

November 7, 2019

Social Justice Month

January 23, 2020

Black History Month

February 20, 2020

Women's History Month

March 6, 2020