Upcoming Events and Important Dates
Black History Month – 2023
Learn about Black History Month and this year's theme of "Black Resistance" during this presentation by Benjamin Bowser, which will be followed by a Q and A session.
- Thursday, Feb. 2: noon to 2 p.m.
- Campus Center Conference Rooms A&B
Dr. Benjamin Bowser is a professor emeritus in the department of Sociology at California State University, East Bay. His previous publications include "The Black Middle Class," "When Communities Assess their AIDS Epidemic," "Against the Odds: Scholars Who Challenged Race in the Twentieth Century," and "Impacts of Racism on White Americans." He has also published over fifty research journal articles.
Honoring Dr. King
A Talk by Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell
This year, the BFSA Network will host Judge LaDoris Cordell as the speaker for this annual event honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Join us for an engaging discussion on justice ahead of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.
- Thursday, Jan. 12: Noon-1:30 p.m.
- Conference Rooms A&B (Upper level of the Campus Center)
Blood Drive with Vitalant
Save lives — donate blood! BFSA is co-hosting a blood drive with Vitalant. Donor appointments are required (no walk-ins).
- Thursday, March 10
- 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
- Parking Lot A (Look for the Bloodmobile)
If you can't make it to this event, consider scheduling an appointment at another Vitalant donation center on your own time.
Black Health and Wellness: Poetry Night
Join the BFSA online for a night of poetry and spoken word hosted by Queen D.
- Friday, Feb. 25
- 5-6:30 p.m.
Black Health and Wellness: Mental Health
Join the BFSA online for a talk with Dr. Lakita Long on mental health.
- Thursday, Feb. 17
- Noon-1:15 p.m.
Black Health and Wellness: Soul Food Junkies Film Screening
Join the BFSA online for a screening of Soul Food Junkies, a documentary on soul food and its relevance to black cultural identity, despite its health risks.
- Friday, Feb. 11
- 5-6:30 p.m.
Black History Month: A Talk with Dr. Moshe Lewis
Join the BFSA online for a talk featuring guest speaker Dr. Moshe M. Lewis, MD, MBA, MPH. The theme for the talk is Black Health and Wellness: Whole Person Care.
- Friday, Feb. 4
- Noon-1 p.m.
Black Health and Wellness: Generational Health
Join the Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Network (BFSA) online for a talk honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. featuring guest speaker Dr. Donna White-Carey. The theme for this year's talk is Black health and wellness.
- Friday, Jan. 14
- Noon-1:15 p.m.
November 2021: Movember, No-Shave November and Men's Health Month
Movember is an annual event involving the growing of moustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of men's health issues. Men in the De Anza community are invited to grow a mustache or not shave for the month to help us raise awareness — and join us for a special event.
An Evening For Men Only: Moments in the Shave Room
- Thursday, Nov. 18
- 5-6:30 p.m.
- Guest speaker and clinician Omar Staples, P.A. of the James A. Watson Wellness Center in Oakland, CA
Veterans DayIn honor of Veterans Day 2021, BFSA would like to thank all veteran students and staff who have served.
October 2021: Breast Cancer Awareness and Domestic Violence Awareness Month
BFSA honors October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month as well as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Visit the De Anza Student Health Services website for links to information and resources for support.
Black Graduation and Achievement Virtual Ceremony
Look back at memories from the 2021 Black Graduation and Achievement Virtual Ceremony. The virtual event was held on Friday, June 18, at 5 p.m.
Interacting with Law Enforcement: Keeping It Real
In May 2021, BFSA hosted a panel discussion about interacting with law enforcement. The panel also talked about implicit biases from the civilian and police perspectives.
This discussion was moderated by students Khari Crawford and Justice Merriman, members of the Black Student Union. Panelists were
- Dr. Benjamin Bowser – Author, professor emeritus and former chair of Sociology and Social Services at California State University, East Bay
Dr. Tommy Tunson – Retired chief of police, consultant and current director of public safety programs and professor of Criminal Justice at Bakersfield Community College
- Sergeant DuJuan Green – Palo Alto police sergeant and adjunct Administration of Justice instructor at De Anza College
- Derrick Felton – VITAS Healthcare veteran liaison, adjunct Psychology instructor and student mental health counselor at De Anza College
- Ramona Gabriel – San Mateo County Adult Probation Services manager and adjunct Administration of Justice instructor at De Anza College
(Note: Unfortunately, the video recording started after this panel discussion began, so the first few minutes of introductions and comments are not included.)
Black History Month 2021
February is Black History Month, also known as African American History Month. Thank you for joining us for our Black History Month event series which celebrated this year's national theme of "The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity."
You can look back at the previous events below and see photos of BFSA and BSU members celebrating #BHM2021 in style.
- Friday, Feb. 5
- Noon - 1 p.m.
- Guest speaker Dr. Benjamin Bowser
Learn about Black History Month and this year's theme of "The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity" in this presentation by Benjamin Bowser, followed by a Q&A session.
Dr. Benjamin Bowser is a professor emeritus in the department of Sociology at California State University, East Bay. His previous publications include "The Black Middle Class," "When Communities Assess their AIDS Epidemic," "Against the Odds: Scholars Who Challenged Race in the Twentieth Century," and "Impacts of Racism on White Americans." He has also published over fifty research journal articles
- Thursday, Feb. 11
- Starting at 6 p.m.
Spend the evening with the Black Student Union for their Black History Month movie night. The BSU will be screening the 2011 documentary, "The Black Power Mixtape," directed by Göran Olsson.
The film documents the evolution of the Black Power movement in America from 1967 to 1975, using footage captured by Swedish journalists.
The Life of Carter G. Woodson: A portrait of a scholar-activist from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement
- Thursday, Feb. 18
- Noon - 1 p.m.
- Guest speaker Dr. Travis Boyce
Carter G. Woodson was a historian, journalist and author who came to be recognized as the "Father of Black History." Join us for this presentation by Travis Boyce on Woodson's life, the impact of his work and the significance of February as Black History Month.
Dr. Travis D. Boyce is the department chair and associate professor of African American Studies at San José State University. His areas of research interest are contemporary African American history and popular culture. His most recent work includes an edited book title "Historicizing Fear: Ignorance, Vilification, and Othering" (University Press of Colorado, 2020).
- Friday, Feb. 26
- Starting at 6 p.m.
- Special guest Danee Black, also known as Queen D
Come on out for poetry night with Danee Black — teacher, artist and poet — also known as Queen D.
After losing her father, 1972 Olympic gold and silver medalist Larry Black, Queen D immersed herself in poetry. Using this art form as means for self-reflection and healing, she began touring and performing at open mics until she made her first national poetry slam team which included Amir Suliaman, Georgia Me, Prentice Powell, Vivian Green and Ainsley Burrows.
She had the honor of performing on Season 3 of TVone's award-winning show "Verses and Flow." In 2020, she published "What’s In Your Heart? Coloring Journal," a therapeutic adult coloring book to help people recharge, reconnect and rediscover themselves through self-care.