Affinity Celebration Months

Affinity Month programming at Goucher features an array of ways—educational, cultural, political, activist, and social—to explore identities. By inviting speakers and leaders, presenting diverse media, and supporting student-led events, we will honor the lived experiences of historically underserved groups and celebrate the community built right here on campus. Please check back regularly for more information to come.


Join us this February as we celebrate

Black History Month


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2023 Tabling Event 

February 2, 2023, 12-1 p.m. I Mary Fisher Lobby 

In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Center for Race, Equity, and Identity (CREI) is hosting an interactive tabling event to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment and address longstanding racist systemic inequities that have contributed to health disparities in the Black community. 


Tasty Tuesday: Kenya 

February 7, 2023, 4 p.m. I Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum 125

Held the first Tuesday of every month, Tasty Tuesday highlights food from a different culture for the community to explore and provides a space for learning about the meaningful relationship between culture, community, and food. In honor of Black History Month, CREI will be highlighting a dish from Kenya. 


A Conversation With Joel Christian Gill

February 9, 2023, 7 p.m. I Hyman Forum of the Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum

Hear from Joel Christian Gill, the inaugural chair of Boston University’s master of fine arts (M.F.A.) in visual narrative and associate professor in the CFA School of Visual Arts.
Comic artist Joel C. Gill shares the stories of underrepresented peoples, historical events, and dynamic illustration to illuminate why it’s important to celebrate Black history year-round.


The Roszel C. Thomsen Lecture featuring Maya Wiley

February 15, 2023, 7 p.m. I Hyman Forum of the Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum

Hear from Maya Wiley, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund. Maya Wiley is a nationally recognized civil rights lawyer and racial justice advocate, legal analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and former top candidate for New York City mayor in the 2021 Democratic primary. The Henry Cohen Professor of Public and Urban policy at the New School and the founder of the Digital Equity Laboratory, Maya Wiley will share her unique insights with the Goucher community.

Offshore Attachments: Oil and Intimacy in the Caribbean With Dr. Chelsea Schields

February 16, 2023, 5-6:30 p.m. I Buchner Hall, Alumnae/i House

Dr. Chelsea Schields ’08, a transnational historian of sexuality, race, and energy, will be speaking about her forthcoming book (University of California Press, 2023).

17th Annual Jewell Robinson Dinner

February 17, 2023, 9 p.m. I Hyman Forum of the Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum

Join members of the Goucher College community as we celebrate and honor our Black and African American alumnae and alumni at this annual dinner.  

For students interested in attending in person or virtually, contact the Alumnae/i Office. 

Lecture-Performance With the Branford Marsalis Quartet

February 25, 2023, at 7 p.m. I Kraushaar Auditorium

Join us for the 61st Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Lecture-Performance featuring the Grammy Award-winning Branford Marsalis Quartet.

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CREI Affinity Space: #BlackJoy

February 28, 2023, 7 p.m. I Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum 125 

Sponsored by CREI, CREI Affinity Spaces seek to celebrate identity and create intentional space for connection, community, and joy. #BlackJoy is a student-led CREI Affinity Space exclusively for Black and/or African American students, including those who are biracial and multiracial/mixed. 

Guest Artist in Residence: Maurice Brandon Curry

Residency on-campus begins February 10, 2023

Maurice Brandon Curry, executive artistic director of the Eglevsky Ballet, will teach ballet classes and set a work for Goucher dancers to be performed on April 21 and April 22. As a dancer, Curry appeared with the New York City Ballet and danced with Carolina Ballet, Kaleidoscope Dance Company, Les Ballet Jazz de Montreal, and DancEllington.

Ballet Class 

Saturday, February 18, 2023, 10-11:30 a.m. 

Open to Intermediate and Advanced high school age dancers. Pre-registration is mandatory, and space is limited. For questions and pre-registration, contact Elizabeth Ahearn at 

Meet the Artist 

Friday, February 17, 2023, 6:15 p.m. I Goucher College Dance Department – Todd Dance Studio 

Come meet Maurice Brandon Curry and observe the Goucher dancers in a rehearsal of his work. 

2023 Affinity Celebration Month Events

March: Women's History Month

The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Visiting Professorship Series Presents: Sherrilyn Ifill

March 15, 2023, 7 p.m. I Kraushaar Auditorium

Sherrilyn Ifill served as the seventh President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) from 2013 to 2022. Ifill, the second woman to ever lead LDF, provided visionary and transformational leadership during one of the most consequential and intense moments in our nation’s history.

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April: Goucher's Pride Month

More information to come.

October: Hispanic Heritage Month


More information to come.

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