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Yale SOM Celebrates Black History Month

The theme for 2024’s celebration is African Americans and the Arts.

Each February, the Yale School of Management participates in the U.S. celebration of Black History Month, a monthlong commemoration of African American history and achievement. This year’s national theme is African Americans and the Arts, exploring visual and performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, language, film, music, architecture, culinary and other forms of cultural expression.  

Yale SOM is always excited to celebrate and uplift Black voices, traditions, and culture, within our community and beyond. The Afro-American Cultural Center at Yale—known affectionally as “the House”—is the hub of Yale University’s Black History Month celebrations.

SOM’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity is collaborating with students, staff, and faculty to offer several celebrations of Black History Month. Immersions will include panel discussions, book giveaways, a cuisine takeover, and a curated Spotify playlist highlighting Black artists from across the diaspora. Our panel discussions will explore topics including the usage of artificial intelligence in hip hop music and the experience of Black PhD students at Yale. We will also be supporting local and national Black-owned restaurants, bookstores, and venues throughout the month.

Inside Evans Hall, digital walls will inspire and educate our community throughout February by featuring prominent Black artists who shape and shift the world around them.

The student-run Black Business Alliance (BBA) is planning a month full of impactful programming focused on community building, cultural celebration, and awareness opportunities. Be sure to check the club's website for their events throughout the month—and check Yale SOM’s Instagram stories @yalesom every Monday during February, when a different member of BBA will be taking over the account.

OID hosts multiple cultural immersions throughout the academic year to encourage the SOM community to deeply engage with and experience different cultures through sound, taste, touch, and thought in support of our mission to foster understanding, empathy, and inclusivity.

Happy Black History Month!

The Office of Inclusion and Diversity