Please join us in recognizing and honoring Black History Month throughout the month of February!
Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements and contributions by Black Americans and a time for recognizing the central role they played in U.S. history. It was the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent Black Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating black history. Find more information about Black History Month at: https://asalh.org/about-us/origins-of-black-history-month/
This month our Snoqualmie Valley schools are sharing a variety of lessons and activities to learn more about Black history, culture and contributions -- past and present. For example, here are just a few of the events and lessons shared with students at Mount Si High School last week:
Upcoming Opportunities: Two College & Career Virtual Events for All Students
As part of Black History Month this February, Mount Si High School’s Black Student Union and Diversity Club have partnered and been working together over the last several months to create two impressive virtual event for students in grade 9-12. All students are invited to participate. Click here for schedule information for both events.
Conversational Roundtable Virtual Event: On Tuesday, February 9, from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m., a Conversational Roundtable webinar will interview several black professionals about their careers and advice to students. The purpose of the this event is to showcase amazing professional in the workspace who will share their journey, accomplishments, and inspire and motivate students to follow their dreams and passions. Careers that are represented will include: Engineer at Google, Engineer at Snapchat, Material and Process Engineer at The Boeing Company, Ernst & Young Senior Manager, Microsoft Program Manager, and more. Click here for details.
College & Career Virtual Event: After Mid-Winter Break, on Tuesday, February 23, from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m., the Black Student Union and Diversity Club will host a College & Career Virtual Event. The purpose of this event is to promote opportunities, internships, and programs for students of all backgrounds, targeting students in grades 9-12. Click here for more details. Some of the organizations invited to present include:
University of Washington’s Office of Multicultural Outreach and Recruitment (MOR) – for grades 9-12;
UW Foster School of Business Young Executives of Color Program – grades 9-12;
Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) – grades 9-12;
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) Scholars Program – for grade 11;
Seattle Children’s Hospital/Research/Foundation Underrepresented Minority Students in Research Internship Program – for grade 12 (must be 18 yrs.);
Seattle Children’s Research Training Program for High School Students – for grades 10-12;
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Student Research Apprenticeship Program (10-week summer science program) – grades 10-11;
Girls Who Code – for girls (trans/cis) and non-binary students in grades 10-12
Mount Si High School Principal John Belcher added, “Our Black Student Union and Diversity Club have put together a whole month of outstanding efforts…They have also been working on some great advisory lessons and helping students understand the meaning and rich purpose of Black History Month.” Special kudos to Mount Si student leaders Ahlam Khaleefa with the Black Student Union, and Aileen Cha with the Diversity Club, whose passion and inspiration help established the clubs last spring/summer, and whose ongoing efforts this year are strengthening the voices and experiences of all Mount Si students.