Focus on mental health and wellness in the Black Community during Black History Month at ECC

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Published 02/07/2022
ECC Celebrates Black History Month

ECC Celebrates Black History Month


Elgin Community College's celebration of Black History Month reflects the 2022 national theme of Black Health and Wellness: Fortifying the Mind, Body, and Soul, with in-person, virtual, and hybrid events topics such as mental health, healthy eating, and relationships.

"Health is such an important topic in Black communities," said Jasmine Young, wellness professional and member of the Black History Month planning committee. "I am looking forward to all of the great information that will be shared during this year's Black History Month events. Information is power, and the events that are planned for the month will provide knowledge that will be empowering for all."

2022 Black History Month line up:

Movement for the Soul

Wednesday, Feb. 9, 11 a.m.

Hybrid Format

Join us for a fun time fortifying our bodies! First, we'll move to the Zumba beat. Then we'll explore healthier versions of some classic soul food dishes. On-campus participants can join the fun in the Jobe Lounge, while others can participate virtually from their home or office.

African American Spring Connection

Thursday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m.

Hybrid Format

Students are invited to celebrate Black History Month by networking with peers, ECC faculty, and staff members from various departments ready to partner for your success.

MAGIC Black Lives Matter Series Part IX: The Color of Health

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2 p.m.

Virtual Format

Listen in as local experts examine biases in health care and the impact on Black communities. Gain the tools to act to help Black families achieve healthier outcomes. Panelists include Janice Francis, MD; Savannah Kimball, MD; Erica Taylor, MD; ECC faculty Luis Martinez, MD, professor of biology; Mia Hardy, PhD, professor of sociology; Kim Tarver, MPH, PT, professor of physical therapy assistant. 

Black Mental Health Panel: Demystifying Black Mental Health

Thursday, February 24, 6 p.m.

Join this virtual exploration of the utilization of mental health services in the Black community. Panelists include Arlilian Hill, LCPC, NCC; Danielle Owens, MsEd, LPC, NCC; Pagel Palmer Jr., MS, ALMFT, CADC.

All events are free and open to the public. Get the full event schedule and links for virtual participation at elgin.edu/BHM. For more information, contact the Office of Student Life at 847-214-7079. All events are free and open to the public.