Student Life

Forman Recognizes Black History Month with Racial Equity Challenge

February 5, 2024

The Forman community is participating in a 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge in recognition of Black History Month.

“This month serves as a time to honor and celebrate the rich history, achievements, and cultural contributions of Black People,” said Arlis Astudillo, Mathematics Chair and Facilitator of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging.

Over the course of three weeks, students will complete activities focused on identity, diversity, and dialogue. 

“Day one of the challenge is an introductory video about how we sometimes put individuals in ‘boxes,’” shared Astudillo. “Even though groups of people might seem different, sometimes there are things they share, even if they're put into different groups.”

The challenge also encourages participants to incorporate reflection into their practices. 

“Plan to take time every day to reflect on the task for the day, what you’re learning, and how you feel,” the challenge writes. “Though difficult, emotions such as shame and anger can guide you to deeper self-awareness about how power and privilege impact you and the people in your life. Reflection is not supposed to tear one down or excuse one's past mistakes, but rather create an opportunity for growth and a chance to do better in the future.”

Astudillo also provided additional ways to take part in recognizing the importance of this month: 

  • Take a virtual museum tour here. The National Museum of African American History and Culture has created a searchable tour where you can explore exhibits and stories. 

  • Support Black-owned businesses in your communities. 

  • Create a playlist of music by Black artists to share and enjoy.

Click here for the full 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge. 

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