During the month of February, the Ellender Memorial Library will feature Rodney Woods Jr.'s photography. CROWN will be showcasing family food traditions in the library. The Nicholls Bookstore will also feature a display of books for Black History Month.​


The Nicholls Graduate Studies Program will feature outstanding graduates and current students within the program during February.


In 1962 Baltimore, teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight, leading to social change as Tracy campaigns for the show's integration. Tickets $15 students with an id and children and $25 general admission. Performances on Feb. 19 at 7 p.m., Feb. 20 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Feb. 21 at 3 p.m. in Danos Theater. The Nicholls Student Government Association will purchase a limited amount of tickets for students.


Monday, February 1

Black mental health Awareness Tables
10 a.m., Student Union

The focus of this awareness table is to educate and enhance black mental health awareness by providing the students with on and off-campus resources. It is hosted by the Counseling Center. 

Panel and Poetry: The Black Father, a creative discussion centered on various aspects of the Black Father 

C.R.O.W.N.’s Kickoff Event for Black History Month 2021 at Nicholls State University.  This event will serve as a springboard for dialogue with the national theme for BHM 2021: “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.”

The panel consists of  scholars and professionals who can speak with statistical/quantitative data as well as qualitative data about Black family when the father is present versus being absent. The panel will consist of students, faculty and other professionals. While the entire event is a panel discussion, selected individuals will perform prepared poetry as a creative transition ushering us into the next part. Darius Scott, a Music Education Senior and C.R.O.W.N. Mentor from Vacherie, will serve as the moderator/host for the event. 

Panelists include:

  • Dr. Cleveland Hill, Retired Dean of Education and Professor Emeritus, Nicholls State; Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Coordinator of the Educational Leadership Program at the University of Holy Cross College, New Orleans
  • Dr. Bantu Gros, Fathers Matter, Program Director from New Orleans
  • Altina Sims, Author/Spoken Word Poet, from Thibodaux
  • John Edmonds, CROWN Mentee, Freshman from New Orleans
  • Jarvais Robinson, Human Resources/Management Senior from Baton Rouge
  • Anika K Fair is a Licensed Professional Counselor and owner of Keys to Thrive Counseling Services. She is alumni of Nicholls State University, wife and mother of three. Her mission as a therapist is to offer keys for healing so her clients can not only survive, but thrive.

Tuesday, February 2

Equitable STEM Education
Noon, Zoom
Meeting ID: 884 1283 1466
Passcode: 311173

Bryan Dewsbury, Ph.D is a Gardner Institute Fellow and an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Rhode Island. He is the Principal Investigator for the SEAS (Science Education And Research) program. Their research focuses on questions relating to identity constructs, bias, relationships, and the effects of those variables on learning in students (from K-PhD). He is ultimately interested in helping to re-frame the education discussion to better address questions of equity and community-building. His work addresses pressing issues such as student retention in STEM fields (especially in higher ed), the under-representation of minority groups in certain STEM fields, and the role of affect (instructor and student) in promoting student learning gains. He also use the results of those efforts to help faculty develop inclusive curricula and sense of community in the classroom.

Wednesday, February 3

Guest Chef: Dennis Dunn
Noon, Dining Hall

Chef Dennis Dunn is the oldest of five boys and grew up in a small town north of Baton Rouge called Norwood La. Food and cooking were always a big part of his life. Being the eldest child, Chef has been cooking since he was 13 years old. His mother was a cook at both his elementary and high school. His family even grew their own vegetables and raised their own pigs and chickens. After high school,
Chef Dennis moved to New Orleans to start his career. Chef went on to work for 12 years at a catering company and trained under several different chefs, cooking for several presidents and even Oprah Winfrey. Chef then went on to work offshore in the Gulf of Mexico on drill ships and oil rigs. 17 years later, Chef Dennis joined the dining services team at Tulane University, which eventually lead him to Dillard University.

Celebrating African-American Voices
5 p.m., Zoom
Meeting ID: 849 4637 8060
Passcode: 673660

The Creative Writing Club is hosting a virtual reading to celebrate African-American Voices.

Know Your Rights
6-8 p.m., Shaver Gym

Meeting ID: 823 1169 2997
Passcode: 599662

CROWN and the Counseling Center are hosting an event to educate, engage and empower black students, faculty and staff by providing them a safe space to communicate and learn their rights.

Thursday, February 4

Empowering Every Voice in the Classroom
Noon, Zoom
Meeting ID: 884 1283 1466
Passcode: 311173

This 50-minute session will focus on critical inclusive pedagogy (CIP) framework based on research by Dr. Frank Tuit and Dr. Saran Stewart. Then the CIP will be presented (12 slide presentation) and faculty will break out into groups and discuss how they would create assignments or incorporate aspects of this framework into their courses. The CTE will provide concrete examples for each tenant. Google Docs will be used to record responses for each tenant and made accessible for all participants after the session. We will wrap up with faculty sharing out easy ways the already or will fulfill the tenants of critical inclusive pedagogy in their own courses

Friday, February 5

Trip to the River Roads Black History Museum
12:30 p.m., bus in front of union

The Student Government Association is hosting a bus trip the River Roads Black History Museum in Donaldsonville. The museum’s mission is to To educate visitors about the history and culture of African Americans in the rural communities of south Louisiana through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of art, artifacts, and historic buildings.

Monday, February 8

The Black Family: Help with understanding the world of financial aid
10:30 a.m., Zoom
Meeting ID: 814 5775 9867
Passcode: 282928

The Office of Financial Aid will host an event to break down what you need to know about getting and using financial aid.

Financial Literacy in the Black Family: Dine and Listen
6 p.m., Ballroom

Let’s take a deep dive into financial literacy in the black family and how it shapes the individual family members. Join NAACP and Grind to Grad for this interactive discussion and dinner.

Tuesday, February 9

Black Mental health: The mental effects of the family structure in a black household
6 p.m., Ballroom
Meeting ID: 842 3005 2773
Passcode 202680

The focus of this event, hosted by the Counseling Center, is to educate and engage the Nicholls Community on the mental effects of the family structure in a black household as well as to enhance mental health awareness not only amongst all students but particularly our African American/black students.

Wednesday, February 10

Guest Chef: Ericlee M. Reed
Noon, Dining Hall

Ericlee Reed is senior manager and executive chef 4 for the SODEXO operational culinary resource team. Highlights include cooking on the world’s stage during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics, cooking for two U.S. presidents, one presidential inauguration and several state and local representatives.

The Black Family: Health Issues and the Healthcare System
2 to 3 p.m., Zoom

Faculty from The College of Nursing and the College of Liberal Arts will host a joint virtual panel discussion.  Dr. Kevin McQueeny, Assistant Professor in the Department of History and Geography will spearhead the discussion on the historical aspects of health issues confronted by Black American Families.  Dr. Mehmet Celebi, Instructor in the Department of Sociology will direct the discussion on the social aspects influencing health issues affecting the Black American family.  Dr. Charlene Smith, retired Associate Professor and Ms. Pamela Williams-Jones, Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing, will steer the discussion on specific health disparities prevalent to the Black American family and current measures implemented to decrease health disparities. 

It’s a Family Affair
5 to 7 p.m., Peltier Auditorium

The Black Women Leadership Association will co-host an empowering forum with the Counseling Center and the College of Nursing.  Ms. Iriel Nunnery, President of the Black Women Leadership Association, Ms. Elnora Parker Vicks, M.Ed., PLPC, Counselor & Outreach Coordinator, and Dr. Charlene Smith and Ms. Pamela Williams-Jones, Associate Professors from the Department of Nursing will be the moderators for this forum.  This forum will focus on empowering conversations with young influential black women and men in our community.  These evolving leaders will address their successes, contributions, impact of challenges and the role of the Black family.

Thursday, February 11

Being Black in America
Noon to 2 p.m., Student Union

This event will consist of having a table in the union where Black students on campus will be able to pass by and document on a display board what it is like being Black in America to them and how being Black at a PWI affected them.

Movie on the Field: Madea’s Family Reunion
6 p.m., Peltier Auditorium

This film is about a Southern matriarch Madea (Tyler Perry) who has a lot on her plate. Her nieces have relationship troubles, and Madea has just been ordered by the court to become the guardian of a rebellious teenager named Nikki. Madea must keep the peace and keep her family together while simultaneously planning her clan’s reunion.

Thursday, February 18

Bridging the Digital Divide: An Update
9 to 10:30 a.m., Zoom
Meeting ID: 848 7791 4983

Join the Department of Teacher Education as Marcus Stein gives a presentation on Google apps geared toward both faculty and students.

Monday, February 22

Black mental health Awareness Tables
10 a.m., Student Union

The focus of this awareness table is to educate and enhance black mental health awareness by providing the students with on and off-campus resources. It is hosted by the Counseling Center. 

Chef Jared Rising
Noon, Zoom, Ledet Hall 124 A&B
Meeting ID: 881 2152 0217
Passcode: 996050

Chef Jared Rising has been Banquet Chef at Golden Nugget Lake Charles since 2014. He was Chef de Cuisine at L’Auberge Baton Rouge from 2012-14 and Lake Charles 2010-12. He had worked his way up through L’Auberge in Lake Charles from 2006 to 2010.

The Art of Activism
6-9 p.m., Ballroom

This event will be open to the entire on-campus population for students to come and express on canvas or paper what they believe activism is and how it has inspired or affected them over the past few years.

Tuesday, February 23

Black Women Are More Than Enough: No Matter What They Say
9 a.m., Zoom

Meeting ID: 845 4435 8739
Passcode: 833593

Join us for a book discussion on “More Than Enough” by Elaine Welteroth, a New York Times bestselling author of the 2020 NAACP image award for Outstanding Literary Work. The groundbreaking journalist unpacks lessons on race, identity, and success through her journey in the workplace. Welteroth moves beyond the headlines and highlight reels to share the profound lessons and struggles of being a barrier breaker across so many intersections. As a young boss, and often the only Black woman in the room, she’s had enough of the world telling her—and all women—they’re not enough. As she learns to rely on herself by looking both inward and upward, she reminds us that we’re More Than Enough. The book discussion is dedicated to every girl who aspires to be great and to every woman who already realizes we possess the greatness we seek.

Representation Matters: Media and The Black Family
Noon, Zoom
Meeting ID: 843 7165 4959
Passcode: 273499

2020 Outstanding Alumna for the College of Liberal Arts and MACO graduate Keitha Nelson-Williams (BA ‘04) will give a Zoom guest lecture Tuesday, February 23 at Noon. Keitha is an award-winning journalist and news anchor in Jacksonville, Florida for First Coast News. She is anchor of Good Morning, Jacksonville.

6 p.m., Zoom
Meeting ID: 266 945 4857
Passcode: FamilyFeud

Grab your organization family and come play a game of family feud with the BWLA girls.

Wednesday, February 24

Black History at Nicholls State University: Naming and Renaming of Campus Spaces, Desegregation, and Historical Memory
1 p.m., Zoom

This panel will feature students discussing Black history at Nicholls State University. Specifically, students will address the naming of the university, campus streets, and campus buildings in their historical context, including the Lost Cause memorialization efforts, as well as the history of desegregation of Nicholls.  

Black Monologues
6 p.m., Danos Theater

This will be an event where students will be able to come before a live audience and perform a monologue they have chosen or written while acting out a scene in dedication to Black History Month.

Thursday, February 25

The Color of Justice: Voices from Inside
Noon, LeBijou Theatre or Zoom
Meeting ID: 829 2442 2270
Passcode: 587-8423

The Nicholls Sociology Club invites you to join currently incarcerated Black scholars for a conversation on the collateral damage of mass incarceration.

Celebrating the Black Family
6 p.m., Peltier Auditorium
The Nicholls NAACP Chapter will present a program celebrating the Black family.

Friday, February 26

Phases of Fashion
6 p.m., Peltier Auditorium

This will be a fun event for students to come and show off different fashion trends throughout history and celebrate how far we have come Black people in America.

Sunday, February 28

Negro Spiritual Master Class
1-3 p.m., YouTube

Participate in our master class as we explore the authentic performance techniques used when singing the Negro Spiritual. The master class is open to collegiate and high school students. Not a singer? Don’t worry; feel free to participate and learn more about the Negro Spiritual with Dr. Valerie Anne Jones-Francis, master class clinician. Stream the master class through the Department of Music YouTube.

Alpha and Omega Black History Service
4 p.m., Danos Theater

Come worship with us at we close out Black History Month.

A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual
6 p.m., YouTube

Stream the 11th Annual “A Celebration of the Negro Spiritual” Concert Series through the Department of Music YouTube. We will celebrate the passionate and spirit-filled sounds of songs that transcend the tyranny of slavery but celebrates the culture of the African-American heritage. The broadcast will run for 24 hours.

Colonels Suit-up with JCPenney
6-8 p.m., JCPenney’s

We will plan to have a hybrid event, both in-person shopping and virtual for anyone not comfortable or unable to attend in store.

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