Bastyr Celebrates Black History Month

The Bastyr community kicks off Black History Month today with a luncheon sponsored by the Student Support Committee. As part of Bastyr University’s commitment and ongoing endeavor to create an inclusive environment in which students, faculty and staff of all backgrounds and identities feel welcomed, we honor and celebrate the month with several opportunities for folks in the Bastyr community to enjoy, learn and meet new people. Events are sponsored by a band of bright and engaged students: the Kenmore Student Council, The Collective, and the Naturopathic Medical Student Association (NMSA)! 

We invite the entire Bastyr community to join us on our Kenmore Campus for food, fellowship and growth at any of the following events: 


Friday, February 1, Kick-off Luncheon | 12 noon | Rm 131  

Welcome gathering to join together in community. Food is sponsored by the Student Support Committee. 


Wednesday, February 6 | TED Talk Viewing & Discussion; “What Beyoncé Taught me about Race” | 12pm | Rm. 186 

Brittany Barron’s informational Ted Talk discusses how being “colorblind” is not the goal, but diminishing our nation’s “expertise” in racism is. Barron translates Beyoncé’s music into a roadmap about race relations.


Friday, February 8 | Movie Screening: Concussion | 7pm | Auditorium 

This movie tells the story of pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the dramatic and permanent damage found in the brains of football players who suffer multiple concussions. Starring Will Smith, learn more about the movie. 


Tuesday, February 12 | Trap Vinyasa with Yoga by Biola | 5-6pm | Movement Room 


Wednesday, February 20 | TED Talk Viewing & Discussion; “Health Inequity: America’s Chronic Condition” | 12pm | Rm. 186 

Esteban Lopez, MD, MBA, discusses the barriers to health created by systemic, unavoidable, unjust, social and economic policies. 


Friday, February 22 | Movie Screening: Blind Spotting | 7pm | Auditorium 

Collin must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance to start over. This film explores the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of Oakland, Calif. Starring Daveed Diggs, learn more about the movie 


Wednesday, February 27 | TED Talk & Discussion: Change the Odds for Health | 12 pm | Rm. 146 

Dr. Anthony Iton and his team lead the effort to empower residents across the state of California with poor health outcomes to fight for changes in their communities that will help them lead healthier lives.  


Thursday, February 28 | Black History Month Panel: Social Justice Advocacy in the Clinical Encounter | 6pm | Rm. 186 

Panelists will discuss the definition and best practices of advocacy for health care providers, as well as the integral components of intersectionality and allyship in the advocate role. 

Also please stop by to visit the Student Council’s Black History Month display in the main hallway by the Auditorium. Take in the art and books, pick up a button and sticker. 


We hope to see you around campus. May this month be one of peace, reflection and awakening. 



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