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Michigan Tech Celebrates Black History Month

Last Modified 5:00 PM on Fri Feb 10, 2012

February 8, 2012—

The Black Student Association (BSA) has kicked off its celebration of Black History Month—a four-week-long recognition of the challenges and accomplishments of black Americans.

The theme of this year’s Black History Month events at Michigan Tech is “Black People in Focus: Educating Blacks in America.” Tayloria Adams, president of BSA, says she aims to bring light to the challenges that black students face in higher education, including at Tech.

The first event, held Feb. 1, looked at the history of enrollment statistics for black students at Tech.

“The event went really well,” said Adams. “We had Tech alums give accounts about what Tech was like in the 80s and 90s, and a current student talked about what Tech is like today for black students.”

The following events are planned for the remainder of the month:

Adams says she hopes the variety of events will help educate people about the many challenges for black students.

“Michigan Tech can be such an extreme place sometimes,” she said. “The weather is extreme; the culture is extreme. I hope we can bring attention to potential challenges black students everywhere face, and that we can make a positive difference.”

All events include refreshments and are free, unless otherwise noted.

Michigan Technological University (www.mtu.edu) is a leading public research university developing new technologies and preparing students to create the future for a prosperous and sustainable world. Michigan Tech offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering; forest resources; computing; technology; business; economics; natural, physical and environmental sciences; arts; humanities; and social sciences.