Northern Arizona University President Rita Cheng invited the NAU community to celebrate Black History Month, highlighting rich and diverse traditions African-American students, faculty and staff have contributed to the university’s unique culture.

“We are proud to celebrate Black History Month as a time that encourages reflection on the many ways in which African-Americans have played key roles in defining American culture,” Cheng said. “Throughout history, African-Americans have contributed to all aspects of our country’s development and legacies—from education and art to politics, science and medicine.”

She noted how proud she and the university administration are of students who put on different programs and events to honor the contributions of African-Americans. The Black Student Union has planned a number of events, including a celebration of black history, to which all members of the NAU community are invited. More information on those celebrating Black History Month can be found here.

Cheng also reiterated the university’s mission of providing a full, diverse educational experience that allows students to gain the knowledge and expertise they need to be successful in college and beyond.

“We consistently work to enhance programs and resources for the success of our diverse student populations” she said. “This includes the development of a Diversity Strategic Plan to support the academic and leadership development of all students on our campus.”