Upcoming Events with the BSSO!

Explore the upcoming events listed below. From Drumming Classes that pulse with rhythm to Sip & Paint that brings your creativity and Podcasts that explores the narrative of the stories you learn from the past to the knowledge that you gain through the Elders’ Circle. We have it all for the next two months and you are welcome to journey with us!

Have questions? Email blackstudentsupport@msvu.ca.


Schedule of Events

Drumming Circle
February 8 & 14, 2024 | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. | The Rook (Campus Pub)

Join us to explore the rhythms of African culture through drumming. Unleash your creativity, learn fundamental techniques, and discover the join of making beats that resonate symphony of sounds. No experience required!

Sip & Paint | Age 20+
February 9, 2024 | 5pm – late | BSSO Lounge (SAC 314)

Indulge your artistic side with a sip & paint experience in the BSSO Lounge. Meet new friends, drink your favourite beverage, while you unleash your inner artistic on canvas.

Limited spaces are available; please RSVP to blackstudentsupport@msvu.ca.

Plagiarism Workshop: In collaboration with Writing Centre x International Education Centre
February 16, 2024 | 12pm – 1:15pm | McCain 401

Let us foster a community that is committed to integrity and scholarly excellence. Gain valuable insight into proper citation, paraphrasing techniques, and the importance of originality in your work. All students are invited to participate.

February 21, 2024 | 12:30pm | McCain (room to be determined)

As we embark on season 2 of the Baobab Podcast, join us as students begin episode 1: “Local Celebrations”. Students will dive into thought-provoking discussions and engage in narratives about local celebrations in the African diaspora and Africa. Join us live as we journey through the diverse realms of knowledge and discussion.

All are welcome to attend.

Elders’ Circle: The Impact of Elders Interaction
February 29, 2024 | 1pm – 3pm | tentative, to be determined

Listen to student stories about their interactions with Elders as they honor the richness of life’s journey through engaging conversations we had with past participants of the Elders’ Circle.

All are welcome to attend.


Archival Events

2023 African Heritage Month Theme: Connected By Our Roots: The History We All Share


MSVU African Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
January 30, 2023 | 11:30 – 12:30 p.m. |Art Gallery
Join the Black Student Support Office for the Opening Ceremony on Monday, January 30th at 11:30 am—we will feature performances, African art and drumming. A preview of the month’s calendar will be shared at this event, or you can view it on the Black Student Support Office webpage. We hope to see you there as we embark on a month of connection, reflection, and community building.

Elders’ Circle with Rev. Dr. Ross
January 31st, 2023 | 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. |Peace Room (EVAR. C410)
The Elders’ Circle project connects students with Elders from the local community and Elders with the MSVU campus. This initiative helps bridge the intergenerational knowledge gap within the Black community and provides an opportunity for Elders to host a discussion with students, staff and faculty. We are honored to have Rev. Joyce Ross share her experience at January’s gathering.


African Heritage Month Symposium 
A Reflective Conversation: Black/African History over the 150 years at MSVU
February 27, 2023 | Online
The MSVU History Department will share an overview of the history of Black experience-sharing hubs that will provide a space for reflective conversation and all over the MSVU campus. There will be virtual and in-person options available. Tell a friend or bring a friend as we come together to see that our connections can strengthen our identities and empower us as we move forward to create a future that uplifts the community.


Community Collaboration
February 17th-19th | MSVU MPR (Rosaria)
Community collaboration with the African Canadian Services Education, Tunnel Vision Association and MSVU Black Student Support Office. This event will provide opportunities for African Nova Scotian youth to become more familiar with the MSVU campus, engage in basketball competition, and participate in workshops and presentations. All MSVU community members are welcome to attend and participate!


MSVU African Heritage Month Closing Ceremony
After an insightful and meaningful reflection of African Heritage Month join the Black Student Support Office for our closing ceremony on Tuesday, February 28th at 1PM in McCain 302. This ceremony will be a time to honor those who have greatly contributed towards the rights and preservation of our African heritage.


African Heritage Month Fair
This fair will showcase MSVU students of African heritage and their various international backgrounds, this is amazing opportunity to soak in and appreciate a plethora of unique cultures. This fair will highlight members across the African diaspora and their distinct history, values, and cultures.