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Drexel Libraries Celebrates Diversity, Equity & Inclusion: Black History Month (February)

Celebrate Black History Month with the Drexel University Libraries

The Drexel University Libraries celebrates Black History Month in February by featuring resources and stories that honor the culture and contributions of African Americans and the African diaspora.

The theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of Black Health and Wellness. This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also other ways of knowing (e.g., birthworkers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths, herbalists, etc.) throughout the African Diaspora.

This resource guide includes information and resources about just a few of the people and some of the research and creative works that have inspired us – and we hope they will inspire you throughout the year!

Be sure to visit the physical display located on the first floor of the W. W. Hagerty Library. 

Note: This guide is a work in progress –  please keep checking back for new content!

Check out the display in the W. W. Hagerty Library

About Black History Month

As a Harvard-trained historian, Carter G. Woodson, like W. E. B. Du Bois before him, believed that truth could not be denied and that reason would prevail over prejudice. His hopes to raise awareness of African American's contributions to civilization was realized when he and the organization he founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (ASNLH), conceived and announced Negro History Week in 1925. 

In 1976, fifty years after the first celebration, the association held the first Black History Month. By this time, the entire nation had come to recognize the importance of Black history in the drama of the American story. Since then each American president has issued Black History Month proclamations. And the association—now the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)—continues to promote the study of Black history all year.

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Black History Month 2022: Black Health & Wellness

Drexel Black History Month Event Highlights 2022

More Black History Month Event Highlights

February 7: Special Edition/Black History Month ScholarSip

Join "food for thought" speaker Drexel Professor Ayana Allen-Handy for this special edition of ScholarSip. Professor Allen-Handy will discuss her work and research on race and education.

Watch the event recording


February 9: Coffee and Convos feat. Dr. Scarlett Bellamy

Coffee & Convos offers students and public health professionals an opportunity to connect and network. At this next event, Scarlett Bellamy, ScD, Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at Dornsife, will discuss her career path.

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February 10: Wednesdays at the Kline: (Books) Banned in the USA

In the past year, book challenges have increased considerably at libraries and schools across the United States. For this session at the Kline, we’ll be discussing the politics of books.  

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February 10: What History Reveals: Slavery and the Development of U.S. Gynecology

The NLM History of Medicine Division presents this (free) webinar at 2pm on Feb. 10, 2022. During the session, Dr. Cooper Owens will reveal the genealogical origins of American modern gynecology. She explains how the institution of American slavery was directly linked to the development of reproductive medicine in the U.S. and sheds light on the contemporary legacy of medical racism.

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Watch the webcast on Feb. 10


February 10: SCDI Black Mental Health Panel

Mental health can be a complicated and/or unexplored topic for many people within the Black diaspora. This virtual panel will offer support and promote awareness. Hosted by Drexel Student Center for Diversity and Inclusion. 

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February 22-26: DuCoM Diversity Week

Join Drexel University College of Medicine for Diversity Week 2022. Full schedule of events coming soon!

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February 22: Chef's Spotlight - Drexel Campus Dining's Chef Ramsey

Come and meet Drexel's Executive Chef Ramsey at Urban Eatery. Chef Tom has prepared his very own Dragon Hot Sauce and Dragon Spices that will be available to sample.

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February 22: Celebrating CoE's Black Alumni: Lessons Learned Become Lessons Taught

In honor of Black History Month and Engineers’ Week, this panel event which will be held in Zoom will highlight the amazing experiences of Black alumni from across the College of Engineering spectrum.



February 23: Drexel's Annual Black History Month Luncheon

Black Employees at Drexel (BEAD, formerly the BFPSA) is excited to celebrate Black Joy with you at this year’s Black History Month Virtual Luncheon.

Watch the event recording


February 23: Black History Month: HIV in the Black Community

Drexel’s Queer People of Color (QPOC) student organization is inviting guest speakers from Bebashi to educate attendees about the history of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and how it has affected Black and brown communities.

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February 24: The Black Business Accelerator: The More One Knows, The Further One Grows

Sponsored by Drexel University, The Black Business Accelerator is a seminar that provides resources for Black businesses to grow.

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February 24: Virtual Afro-House Dance Class

Join Black Employees at Drexel (BEAD) for a fun session celebrating African dance tradition with Drexel dance instructor, Antoinette Coward-Gilmore. No experience needed and all are welcome!

Join the Afro-House Dance class on 2/24 at 11:45 a.m. via Zoom!


February 26: Black History Month Bunka-sai: Cultural Fair

The Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, in collaboration with, presents “Black History Month Bunka-sai (Cultural Fair)” – a day of film programming, anime workshops, and taiko drum performances.

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February 26: Black and Diverse Business Forum

Local minority entrepreneurs and small business owners are invited to come out to this event and learn the basics of entrepreneurship, how to get certified, and different ways to access capital.

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February 26: anti-black·ish - A Black History Month Community Conversation

The Mayor's Office of Youth Engagement, Philadelphia Youth Commission, and Millennial Advisory Committee are coming together this Black History Month to host a brave space for young residents to talk about anti-Black racism.

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February 28: Harriet Tubman and the Future of Democracy

Join the Philadelphia Commission for Women for a one-hour virtual presentation to commemorate the life and legacy of Harriet Tubman's post-Civil War advocacy for the right to vote.

Watch the event recording


Join the Center for Black Culture (CBC) in Celebrating Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the CBC proudly recognizes the stories of Black heroes from Philadelphia.

CBC Sponsored Events

CBC Newsletter


Celebrate Black History Month with the Free Library of Philadelphia

The Free Library of Philadelphia is proud to commemorate Black History Month with a variety of events and programming.

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Celebrate Black History Month with the African American Museum in Philadelphia

The African American Museum in Philadelphia will host various programming in the month of February Black History Month.

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Black History Month at the Museum of the American Revolution

Celebrate Black History Month and explore the stories of unsung Revolutionaries with the Museum this February. 

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Celebrate Black History at the Kimmel Center

Join the Kimmel Center in celebrating the accomplishments, heritage, and artistic contributions of Black artists in the world of performing arts with a variety of programs throughout the month of February and beyond!

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National Black History Month Event Highlights

Celebrate Black History Month with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History

ASALH will hold innovative virtual programming in the month of February celebrating the 2022 Black History Theme, Black Health and Wellness. 

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Celebrating Black History Month with the National Museum of African American History & Culture

This February, the Museum is celebrating Black History Month with a slew of new initiatives. 

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Black History Month at the San Francisco Public Library: "More Than A Month 2022"

Join the San Francisco Public Library to continue understanding, respecting and celebrating Black history and culture in San Francisco and beyond. 

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Stax Museum & Stax Music Academy Black History Month 2022 Virtual Shows

Join Stax Music Academy students as they explore the people, places, politics, economics, and culture that gave birth to Black American music that continues to be relevant decades later.

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Black History Month: Events that Celebrate Black Culture

In this curated collection, Eventbrite is putting a spotlight on virtual events that will not only teach you about Black history, but will showcase Black excellence in its many forms: food, film, comedy, music, literature, and more.

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Uplifting Black Men Conference at Virginia Tech

This year’s conference seeks to empower young black men to lift their diverse voices in the political, social, professional, educational, and spiritual arenas. 

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Feb. 26: Celebrating Black History Month During the Pandemic 2.0

As Black History Month concludes and the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the participants in this UC Berkeley webinar will reflect on the significance of this month for the African American community and the field of African American studies.

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Books that Celebrate Black Lives & Voices

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Abieyuwa Aghayere, PhD, Professor, Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Dr. Aghayere studies structural systems and why they fail. He has written extensively about wood, concrete and steel construction and structural failure analysis, and has commented in media stories about building collapses, the degradation and testing of infrastructure and the built environment.


As a faculty member in Drexel’s College of Engineering and the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Aghayere’s teaching centers around building design and structural engineering systems. Dr. Aghayere’s books, “Structural Steel Design,” (3rd edition), “Reinforced Concrete Design” (9th edition) and “Structural Wood Design” (2nd edition) are considered definitive texts on these subjects.


Dr. Aghayere also holds professional engineering licensure in Canada.

Ayana Allen-Handy, PhD

Ayana Allen-Handy - Drexel University Assistant Professor for EdD in Educational Leadership and ManagementAyana Allen-Handy, PhD is an Associate Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Policy, Organization, and Leadership at Drexel University. She is also the Founder/Director of the Justice-Oriented Youth Education Lab (The JOY Lab). Grounded in critical race and intersectional theoretical framings, her work is dedicated to justice-oriented urban education and is built upon debunking and (re)framing pejorative narratives of urban students, schools, and communities. Her work strives to (re)imagine urban from a place of decline to a place of possibilities.

Particularly, her work centers the strengths that illuminate the community cultural wealth and funds of knowledge that are embedded in historically marginalized places and spaces and amongst the mosaic of diverse people groups therein. She seeks to highlight the human, cultural, and social capital that are often unrecognized and unacknowledged by the status quo. Her work does not focus on problems and issues in urban education alone, but critical solutions and participatory approaches in an effort to espouse equity, agency, and critical capacity building. 

Sharelle Barber, ScD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Director of The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity

Dr. Sharrelle Barber is a social epidemiologist whose research focuses on the intersection of "place, race, and  health." Dr. Barber leverages state-of-the-art epidemiologic cohort studies to examine how neighborhood-level structural determinants of health such as concentrated economic disinvestment and racial residential segregation impact cardiometabolic risk factors and cardiovascular disease onset among Blacks in the Southern United States and Brazil. Her work is framed through a structural racism lens, grounded in interdisciplinary theories (e.g. Ecosocial Theory and Critical Race Theory) and employs various advanced methodological techniques including multilevel modeling and longitudinal data analyses. Through empirical evidence, her work seeks to document how racism becomes "embodied" through the neighborhood context and how this fundamental structural determinant of racial health inequities can be leveraged for transformative change through anti-racist policy initiatives.

Dr. Barber is the director of The Ubuntu Center on Racism, Global Movements, and Population Health Equity at the Dornsife School of Public Health, Drexel University.

Dr. Barber’s empirical work and academic commentary has been published in leading academic journals including the Lancet Infectious Disease, the American Journal of Public Health, and Social Science and Medicine. Her work has been externally funded by the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Currently, Dr. Barber serves on the Jackson Heart Study Scientific Council and is co-chair of the Social Determinants of Health Working Group for the study.

Dr. Barber received a Doctor of Science (ScD) degree in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Barber is committed to using her scholarship to make the invisible, visible; mobilize data for action; and contribute to the transnational dialogue around racism and health inequities.

John D. Kirby, Director Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

John Kirby stands in the sun beside the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships outdoor signJohn D. Kirby is the Director of the Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships. This organization convenes programming for a diverse community by weaving together Drexel’s knowledge resources with the expertise of community-based partners. We aim to address the needs and interests of our stakeholders in a way that strengthens, empowers, and educates, while maintaining a strong commitment to economic and social justice. For our work to have the greatest impact it must be both sustainable and measurable. We will ensure that the Dornsife Center reaches the goals laid out by our stakeholder planning process through a multipronged longitudinal evaluation. 

Reneé H. Moore, PhD

Renee H. Moore headshotReneé H. Moore is a Research Professor, Director of the Biostatistics Scientific Collaboration Center (BSC), and Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion for the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the the Dornsife School of Public Health. Most recently, Dr. Moore was Associate Professor-Research in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University and the Director of the Biostatistics Collaboration Core. She received a B.S. in mathematics and completed the secondary mathematics education program from Bennett College, and her PhD in Biostatistics from Emory University.


After completing her doctoral degree, Dr. Moore spent six years as an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, with a primary appointment in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology and a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Moore taught physicians, was the lead statistician in the data coordinating center for a multi-site randomized clinical trial of sleep apnea, and was the biostatistician in the Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, joining a group of researchers investigating interventions for the prevention and treatment of obesity in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Moore was also an Associate Professor-Teaching in North Carolina State University's Department of Statistics.


Dr. Moore’s research interests are in the design, conduct, and analysis of clinical trials and statistical applications to obesity, sleep apnea, and health disparities. She has a wealth of experience as a biostatistician collaborating with clinicians, public health practitioners, and scientists.

Abioseh Porter, PhD, Interim Director of Africana Studies

Headshot of Abioseh Porter

A comparativist by training, Dr. Abioseh Porter is the recipient of a PhD from the University of Alberta. He joined Drexel University in 1986 as a specialist in literary cultures from the 18th century to the present, with a focus on Africana and Africana-Diaspora writers, post-coloniality, theories of translation and literary existentialism.

Porter has published three books, with a fourth forthcoming, and scores of articles and book chapters. He is currently working on a literary history of Sierra Leone, a translation of Olympe Bhêly-Quénum’s Calls of the Voodoo, as well as a book monograph on alterity in West African fiction.

Porter has delivered many lectures and invited talks both nationally and internationally. He is the founding editor of the Journal of African Literature Association (JALA). Since its inception, JALA has been deemed the premier journal of the African Literature Association and is now published by the prestigious publishing house Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Loni Philip Tabb, PhD

Loni Philip Tabb

Dr. Loni Philip Tabb received her MS (2005) and BS (2003) in Mathematics from Drexel University, and her PhD (2010) and AM (2007) degrees in Biostatistics from Harvard University.  Her doctoral work focused on developing novel methods in addressing excessive zeros in longitudinal count data applied in environmental as well as health and social disparities settings. 

Since joining the faculty at Drexel, her research focuses primarily on spatial statistics and epidemiology with applications in health and social disparities, violence, and toxicity studies. Much of Dr. Tabb’s work involves using Bayesian statistical methods in the presence of complex data structures.  Earlier research focused on the intersection of alcohol and violence in urban settings; with a more recent focus on the additional impact of marijuana access and availability - given the changing landscape of legalization of marijuana in the US.  

More recently, Dr. Tabb has concentrated her research efforts on the intersection of health and place, specifically as it applies to cardiovascular health. In particular, she uses novel spatial and spatio-temporal statistical methods to look at the local and national geographic patterns of black-white inequities in this country.

Lessons of Da Land: Food Sovereignty and Land Justice in Black Philadelphia

Alexis Wiley prepares to fan shelled peas after cleaning

Resilience & Joy: Lessons of Da Land

Pictured: Alexis Wiley prepares to fan shelled peas after cleaning. The fanning process removes husks and other materials from the bowl. Photo by Steve Dolph.

The lessons of seedkeeping are ones Alexis Wiley takes to heart. And they are lessons that the environmental science major is now sharing with others. Wiley developed and led a 12-week cocurricular program titled Lessons of Da Land: Food Sovereignty and Land Justice in Black Philadelphia.

“I wanted to tell the story of Black people’s relationships with food and land, and not just talk about it, but really analyze the changes that have happened globally and historically that have led to the current conditions of food apartheid and land insecurity, as well as the liberation strategies that our ancestors have used throughout our history that would alleviate these issues,” they explain.

This past fall Wiley led 12 students—half Drexel students and half community students—through the course, offering an exploration of the dynamics of food sovereignty and land security in the Black community of Philadelphia by looking at the histories of community agriculture, food apartheid and land tenure. According to the course description, the "program is designed to be an introduction to ongoing resistance movements and land-based revolutions.”

Shining a Black Light Campaign

Veronica Carey, PhD, Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Nursing and Health ProfessionsShining a Black Light 2022

The 2021 Shining a Black Light campaign elevating Black History Month and recognizing our colleagues' contributions and achievements was highly successful. Therefore, we again endeavor to celebrate Black History Month 2022 with this weekly editorial feature.

This project, conceived by Veronica Carey, PhD [pictured], the assistant dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and chair of CNHP's board of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, spotlights individuals who add richness to our culture and contribute to the success of our efforts in education, research and scholarship, health equity and social justice.

"Shining a 'Black Light elevates the depth and breadth of contributions our Black and African American faculty, professional staff and students make to the sustainability of CNHP," shared Carey. Peers and colleagues recommended members of the CNHP community this year because of their accomplishments and the influence their work has on the College. Their lived experience and insight help shape what is possible concerning race-culture and inclusivity at CNHP/Drexel.

Shining a Black Light draws attention to the gifts, support, competencies and contributions members of our community are making and demonstrate that Black history is made through hard work, perseverance, and so much more.

Conversations That Matter

Podcast HeadphonesConversations That Matter: Episode 1 feat. Dr. Nathalie May

In “Conversations That Matter,” Drexel University College of Medicine's Senior Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Leon McCrea II, MD, MPH, interviews members of the College of Medicine community about their lives, their journeys in medicine, and their thoughts on diversity in medical practice and education.

In Episode 1, Dr. McCrea talks with Nathalie May, MD, an associate professor and sub-internship director in the Division of General Internal Medicine for Drexel University College of Medicine. Topics include Dr. May's career and inspiration for practicing medicine; the learning opportunities that come with being part of a diverse community; local community and favorite Philly foods; and the challenges facing medical students in 2021.

Read more about the conversation on the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion's blog and learn more about Drexel University College of Medicine's Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion by following on Instagram at

Examining Drexel’s Ties to the First African-American Women Physicians

WMCP Class of 1888, featuring Verina M. Harris Morton Jones, MD, the first woman physician in Mississippi (highlighted), and fellow African-American pioneering student Juan Bennett-Drummond, MD. Photo courtesy Legacy Center Archives, Drexel College of Medicine.Examining Drexel’s Ties to the First African-American Women Physicians

The Female Medical College of Pennsylvania (FMCP), founded in 1850, provided students opportunities to earn a medical degree, including several of the first African-American women physicians in the country. An associated Woman’s Hospital of Philadelphia was founded in 1861, and the school was renamed the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) in 1867. WMCP became the co-ed Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1970. In 1996, it became the Allegheny University of the Health Sciences after merging with Hahnemann Medical College, a similarly historic and equal-opportunity medical school (Hahnemann’s first African-American student, Thomas Immes, graduated in 1884). Later renamed MCP Hahnemann University in 1998, the institution became the College of Medicine after Drexel acquired it in 2000.

25 Years of Greatness: Black Excellence  at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health

25 Years of Greatness: Black Excellence  at Drexel’s Dornsife School of Public Health

The field of public health needs to prioritize celebrating Black History Month to acknowledge the harms the field has caused Black Americans like the Tuskegee Syphilis Study, the Kennedy Krieger Study, the story of Henrietta Lacks, and even now in regard to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Disenfranchisement, exclusion, and discrimination is nothing new to Black Americans, it highlights the resilience it took to overcome each injustice. The field also needs to celebrate the contributions of black public health researchers like WEB DuBois and his study on the Philadelphia Negro. Also, the successful policies that have come about like the desegregation of U.S. hospitals in 1966, and positive health outcomes like lower rates of death for cardiovascular mortality and higher life expectancies.  

Creative Arts Therapists of Color (CATs) at Drexel

Zoom screenshot of studentsCreative Arts Therapists of Color (CATs) is a Student Organization Formed by Students 

Creative Art Therapists (CATs) of Color is a student organization formed by students of color in the Creative Arts Therapies graduate program to address our unique needs in a predominantly white field. Since establishing ourselves as a group, we have primarily met to discuss the issues we face at school and clinical sites. We have worked with our program directors and faculty to initiate more anti-oppressive practices and curricula. We are working with faculty to provide workshops for CNHP students and faculty and are collaborating with the Counseling Center to offer workshops that address stress management and coping strategies specifically for Drexel's students of color.

Council on Black Health

Goler Blount addresses attendees at the Council on Black Health conference.Council on Black Health Initiates New Approach to Addressing Health Issues that Affect Black Americans

The inaugural conference of the Council on Black Health (CBH), a program hosted at the Dornsife School of Public Health [in September 2019], began with an embrace of African tradition, expressed through dance, a perfect setting for keynote speaker Joia Crear Perry, MD, president of the National Birth Equity Collaborative in New Orleans and Co-Founder of the Health Equity Cypher. Perry’s talk “Igniting the Flame: Decolonization of Health,” highlighted the many ways the health of people of African-descent has been negatively impacted by generations of racism that have shaped medical and other health research, treatment, policies and practice in the United States.

Black Employees at Drexel (BEAD) the Drexel Meditation Group

Black Employees at Drexel: BEAD (formerly the Black Faculty and Professional Staff Association)

Drexel Meditation Group

ahajiDrexel Meditation Group with Ahaji Schreffler

Join BEAD President and Drexel alum Ahaji Schreffler for Live Guided Meditation every 2nd and 4th Thursday from 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Those interested should email to be added to the Drexel Meditation Group email list. Eligible participants for Drexel’s Wellness Incentive Program earn $5 wellness points and the group is open to students, faculty and professional staff.

Meet Robia Smith-Herman, LCSW

Robia Smith-Herman, LCSW, staff therapist and embedded BIPOC specialist for the Counseling Center and the Center for Black Culture at Drexel UniversityMeet Drexel's New Staff Therapist Focused on Diverse Dragons

One recommendation from the Black Undergraduate Student Life Sub-Committee of the Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF) called for increased staff representation through Drexel’s Counseling Center, and as the University continues to work to meet the needs of its many diverse Dragons, the Counseling Center and the Center for Black Culture (CBC) now boast the support of a new staff therapist focused on the minority student population. 

Robia Smith-Herman, LCSW, staff therapist and embedded BIPOC specialist for the Counseling Center and the Center for Black Culture, told DrexelNow about her excitement for starting in this new role, what support she feels she can provide for students across two different campus locations, and why her goal is to be “everywhere” and to remain an approachable and constant presence.

Campus Dining Spotlight: Chef Tom Ramsey

Chef Tom RamseyCampus Dining Spotlight: Chef Tom Ramsey

Kevin from Drexel Business Services recently met with Chef Tom Ramsey, campus executive chef for Drexel Campus Dining, to learn more about his passion for serving students. It's clear that Chef Tom Ramsey is passionate about his work and is determined to make Drexel student lives better through food. He is also very appreciative of his team and looks to give them their credit whenever possible. Because of this determination and appreciation, Chef Tom and his team will continue to review, improve, and elevate the Drexel Campus Dining experience. 

Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship Celebrates Black History Month 2022

A Glance at the Black-owned Entrepreneurship Hub of Philadelphia [via the Drexel Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship]

Graphic showing diverse community embarking on diversity of activities such as reading, drinking coffee, and working on cars.

Black Entrepreneurs Firsts Who Paved the Way [via the Drexel Charles D. Close School of Entrepreneurship]

Philly Spotlight – Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium

Black Doctors COVID Consortium | Black Doctors Free COVID-19 Testing Near  Philadelphia | Home

Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (BDCC)

"Our mission is simple. Education and Advocacy for African Americans to reduce the incidence of disease and death from coronavirus. African Americans are being diagnosed at a disproportionately higher rate than other groups and are dying from coronavirus at a higher rate than other groups. To address that need, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium was born. We have built a mobile COVID-19 testing & vaccination operation. Our goal with the mobile unit is to provide a testing and vaccination alternative that is BARRIER FREE to assist in providing protection from the coronavirus disease in our hardest-hit areas of Southeastern Pennsylvania."

Green Philly – "8 Black Environmentalists Who Made History"

8 Black Environmentalists Who Made History8 Black Environmentalists Who Made History [Green Philly]

It’s Black History Month. Let’s reflect on environmentalists who revolutionized environmental justice. Not only does the sustainability movement face greenwashing, it is often whitewashed as well. Many Black environmental leaders rarely receive the same attention as non-Black scholars and activists.

Here are a few of the people who have made huge impacts in environmental fields, making history with their achievements and advocacy while fighting racism.

Philly Spotlight – The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection

Photograph of Charles Blockson sitting amongst his collection.

Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection | Special Collections — African American Studies at Temple University

Founded by Charles Blockson, the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection at Temple University is one of the most prestigious collections of African American artifacts in the U.S. The collection houses over 500,000 items relating to the global Black experience. Located in Sullivan Hall on Temple's campus in North Philadelphia, the extensive catalog dates from 1581 to the present. Blockson donated his collection to Temple in 1984. 

“My main goal in life is to build a good library of Black history — knowledge is a form of Black power and this is my part in it.” - Charles L. Blockson [pictured]


MedPage Today Recognizes Medical Contributions by Africans and Black Americans

A BLACK HISTORY MONTH graphic"Recognizing Medical Contributions by Africans and Black Americans – From early inoculations to modern medical devices" [MedPage Today]

The contributions made by African and Black American medical professionals to health and wellness are many. While determining just how many lives these trailblazers saved is impossible, we know that without their imagination, knowledge, and desire to help others many lives would have been lost. This list of medical practitioners recognizes and celebrates some of the numerous contributions the Black community has afforded the medical industry and the world overall.

Meet the Medical Student Who's Diversifying Medical Illustrations: Chidiebere Ibe

Illustration of a fetus in womb by Chidiebere Ibe

Meet the Medical Student Who's Diversifying Medical Illustrations [Diverse Issues in Higher Education]

Medical student Chidiebere Ibe took up illustrating medical conditions and human anatomy in July 2020. When a straightforward medical illustration of a fetus nestled within its mother’s womb was posted to Instagram in December 2021, one simple detail propelled it across the internet, where it received more than 50,000 retweets on Twitter and more than 104,000 likes on Instagram. The detail? The mother and fetus were Black. 

Feb. 25 Event Highlight: Ludington Library Invites You to Meet Medical Illustrator, Chidiebere Ibe


Celebrating 10 African-American Medical Pioneers

The Flying Black Medics, created by Leonidas Harris Berry, MD, return from providing medical care and education to Cairo, Illinois, residents in 1970.

Celebrating 10 African-American Medical Pioneers [Association of American Medical Colleges]

These trailblazers broke barriers and shattered stereotypes — and went on to conduct research, discover treatments, and provide leadership that improved the health of millions. They fought slavery, prejudice, and injustice — and changed the face of medicine in America. They invented modern blood-banking, served in the highest ranks of the U.S. government, and much more. In honor of Black History Month, read the inspiring stories of 10 pioneering black physicians.

Spotlight On – "Mind the Gap: A handbook of clinical signs in Black and Brown skin"

Mind the Gap: a handbook of clinical signs on black and brown skin

Mind the Gap: A handbook of clinical signs in Black and Brown skin

Mind the Gap is a clinical handbook of signs and symptoms in Black and Brown skin. The aims of the project were to highlight the lack of diversity in medical illustration and education. Mind the Gap was created between December 2019 and May 2020 and marks the beginning of a change in medical education.

Download the Hutano app

Following the success of this handbook, the project curators realized that many Black and Brown people were feeling isolated living with their conditions and so created the Hutano app. There's no need to add 'for darker skin' to your searches here – a social health platform for Black and Brown people to find information, connect, and discuss their health. A safe space to discuss health away from traditional social media.

Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective (BEAM)

BEAM: Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective

BEAM is a national training, movement building, and grant making institution that is dedicated to the healing, wellness, and liberation of Black and marginalized communities. Our mission is to remove the barriers that Black people experience getting access to or staying connected with emotional health care and healing through education, training, advocacy, and the creative arts. We center our work around a healing justice framework. Healing justice is a framework, developed by Cara Page and the Kindred Healing Justice Collective, that identifies how we can intervene and holistically respond to generational trauma and violence.

Amstat News: Black History Month 2022

AMSTAT: Black History Month 2022

Amstat News: The Membership Magazine of the American Statistical Association

In celebration of Black History Month, Amstat News recognizes the innovative mathematical statistician Annie T. Randall, along with 11 individuals from the Black/African American collective who have made tremendous contributions to the statistics field. The 12 featured individuals have had success as professors, researchers, volunteers, and health care professionals.

Anti-Racism Daily's "28 Days of Black History" 2022

28 Days of Black History28 Days of Black History [Anti-Racism Daily]

A month-long series that highlights a different artifact from Black history in the U.S. each day in February. Sourced by accessible online resources and scholarly references that are linked in each article, their 2022 archive is now available. 

Black Books that Center Black Joy