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Black History Month


PVCC Celebrates Black History Month. Please join us for these in-person and virtual events:

Kickoff Event and Luncheon

Kick-Off Event and Luncheon

Wednesday, February 2nd 12:30-1:45pm

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Defeat Racism at Work: Race Literacy With Patricia Davis

Defeat Racism at Work: Race Literacy With Patricia Davis

Friday, February 4th 10:00am - 11:30am via Zoom

Everyone has different lived experiences and expertise with regard to race, racism.   Conversations about these topics are important to dismantle racism, and everyone brings something different to the dialogue.  This session will focus on providing a  quick overview of the history of race, racism, common language, historical context and how they manifest in the workplace.

Register for this Virtual Event HERE.

PVReads2 "The Price We Pay for a Caste System"

PVReads2 "The Price We Pay for a Caste System"

Tuesday, February 8, 2022 - 12:15pm to 1:00pm

Join us for a virtual discussion of the book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. The discussion will be focused on Chapter 29 "The Price We Pay for a Caste System." This is a brief, 5-page chapter. Please click this link to access a copy of the chapter so everyone can participate regardless if they have read the book in full. Please join us if you can!

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Defeat Racism at Work: Anti-Racist Tools With Patricia Davis

Defeat Racism at Work: Anti-Racist Tools With Patricia Davis

Friday, February 11th 10:00am - 11:30am via Zoom

This session will focus on becoming aware of the ways in which we unintentionally reinforce structural racism  and provide the tools you can use to dismantle racism, whether you are an ally, advocate or accomplice.

Register for this Virtual Event HERE.

Black History: Seen Through the Eyes of Higher Education led by Dr. Paul Dale

Black History: Seen Through the Eyes of Higher Education led by Dr. Paul Dale

While the social ills (racism, exclusion, segregation) of American culture have been manifested in higher education, the history of the Black experience also portrays resiliency, power, and scholarship. Learn more about the history of American higher education through the lens of the African-American experience.

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African American PVCC Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel

In honor of Black History Month and in conjunction with Entrepreneurship week, we are offering students and the campus community the Black PVCC Alumni Entrepreneurs Panel. The insights and experiences of these entrepreneurs are valuable because they offer students the opportunity to discover some of the core principles of entrepreneurial pursuit. Additionally, students hear about real world experiences and tips from Alumni on how to be successful during and after their PVCC education.


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Employee Spotlights

Please check out the videos below to hear from some of our employees and what advice they have for students!

Brian Wilson

Brian Wilson, M.S
Student Success Analyst | Health Sciences
Adjunct Faculty | Health Sciences/Business/IT
Counseling & Personal Development
Brian's Video

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Dawn Higgins
Tech Support Technician | Computer Commons
Dawn's Video

Emmanuel Ojameruaye

Emmanuel Ojameruaye, Ph.D.
Senior Grants Officer | Budget Office
Emma's Video


Jocelyn Goodwin

Jocelyn Goodwin, RN, MSN
Residential Faculty | Nursing
Jocelyn's Video

Stacy Smith

Professor Stacy Smith, J.D., M.A.
Residential Faculty - Business | Business/IT
Stacy’s Video

Vincent Watkins

Vincent Watkins
OYO Faculty & Director - Administration of Justice | Social & Behavioral Sciences
Vincent's Video

Support Black-owned Local Businesses
Support Black-owned Local Businesses

Greater Phoenix is home to several Black-owned businesses bringing generations of culture and character to our neighborhoods. We encourage you to celebrate and patronize these businesses that deliver a spirited touch of Black heritage.

In honor of Black History Month, we celebrate these small businesses and encourage you to check them out.

Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe - 

Community Garden -

Sammie & Dannie
Two sisters sharing treasures, they opened the vintage boutique offering clothing, accessories, furniture, and home decor.

Project Roots Inc. Farms
A non-profit seeking to provide and promote a healthier, natural, and sustainable way of living in urban areas where there is a need. The group educates the community with access to a community garden, food bank, and mobile soup kitchen.

Chic Chef Co. Cafe & Marketplace
The Chic Chef Artisan products are the brainchild of Celebrity Chef Nik Fields, an experienced Chef and a true foodie who searched for a quality product to be offered to other food enthusiasts.

Solo’s Cafe
An inviting lounge offering great meals, night life, karaoke, open mic, and more.

Sweet Magnolia Smokehouse
Specializing in Mississippi-style barbecue the brains behind the restaurant, catering service, and food truck is Derry Hammond, who was born and raised in a small Mississippi town.

Desert Island Eatery
A small to-go Caribbean restaurant serving vegan and non-vegan selections.

Blue Seas Express & Catering
Self-described fusion and eclectic restaurant serving the best fish in town! The restaurant and caterer also focus on soy-free, non-GMO options for vegetarians and vegans.

ATL Wings
All the Luv Wings are all over the Valley. The family owned and operated business prides itself on its secret sauces.

Amanda Gorman - Poet
22-Year-Old Amanda Gorman Makes History

Amanda Gorman made history on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, when she became the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration.

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This article provides the transcript of the poem read by Amanda Gorman.

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African American Roundtable Discussion

How has your African American identity impacted your education?

Discussion Prompt - Issues, Opportunities, Changes, and Support

Tops Reads from Buxton Library - Black History Month
Tops Reads from Buxton Library - Black History Month

1) The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.
A singular and stunning debut novel about the forbidden union between two enslaved young men on a Deep South plantation, the refuge they find in each other, and a betrayal that threatens their existence.

2) Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.

3) The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery edited by Rochelle Riley
This collection of essays is a plea to America to understand what life post-slavery remains like for many African Americans, who are descended from people whose unpaid labor built this land, but have had to spend the last century and a half carrying the dual burden of fighting racial injustice and rising above the lowered expectations and hateful bigotry that attempt to keep them shackled to that past. 

4) The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
It has spent nearly 250 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Most important of all, it has spawned a whole generation of criminal justice reform activists and organizations motivated by Michelle Alexander's unforgettable argument that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." As the Birmingham News proclaimed, it is "undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S."

5) Blessing the Boats: New and Selected Poems by Lucille Clifton
The poems are personal, but the distant thunder of history rumbles behind every line. As she says on seeing a photograph: "is it the cut glass/ of their eyes/ looking up toward/ the new gnarled branch/ of the black man/ hanging from a tree?" Clifton's work hearkens back to the days of the Black Arts Movement and sheds light on the new black aesthetic. These are economical slices of ordinary life, celebrations, if you will, of African American existence. With simple language and common sense, she writes of grace, character, and race by way of the personal and familiar.

6) Harlem Shuffle
A Novel By Colson Whitehead · 2021

7) Martin Puryear 

8) I love Bryant Terry's work  to discuss healthy vegan soul food.


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Black History Month - Featuring Scholarship Opportunities
Black History Month - Featuring Scholarship Opportunities

Throughout history, many minority groups, including African-American and Black students, have not been afforded equal educational opportunities. However, there are an abundance of scholarship opportunities minority students can tap into with a little discipline and drive. Doing your homework will open the doors to a range of scholarships varying from general small rewards to full-rides for both undergraduate and graduate students. Many rewards target specific programs like nursing and business, and there are always gender-specific funds available as well.

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Southern Collard Greens
Southern Collard Greens

Recipe from Jocelyn Goodwin, RN, MSN PVCC Nursing Faculty

This Collard Greens Recipe uses a Pressure Cooker.


2 lbs. clean and shredded (roll leaf and cut) collards. (rinse and spin dry)
4lbs smoked turkey necks or turkey leg
¼ lb. diced thick sliced bacon
1 small onion diced
Garlic (about two cloves)
2 cups of chicken broth
2 middle sized jalapeno peppers

Shredded Collard Greens


  1. Brown bacon in pressure cooker on sauté.
  2. Add onions and stir before bacon has completely browned.
  3. Add garlic and stir.
  4. Turn off cooker so you will not burn bacon, onion, and garlic mixture.
  5. Remove the stem that is in the center of the leaf before washing and cutting greens.
  6. Add chicken broth to the pressure cooker.
  7. Add ½ of greens and place turkey on top of the greens. Add peppers.
  8. Add the second half of collards and liberally sprinkle “Slap Ya Mama” seasoning.
  9. Turn pressure cooker on high, lock the top and let greens cook for 30 minutes. Total time is about 50 minutes because the pressure cooker must build up pressure and “pop” the top/valve (about ten minutes).
  10. Carefully open, place a clean kitchen towel over the top to “catch” the steam, so that you will not get burned from the safety valve.
  11. Stir the greens if there are any bones from the turkey necks, remove them.
  12. Remove jalapenos or dice cooked peppers and stir.
  13. Enjoy the collards. Tastes great with cornbread and they are a great side dish for many meals.

I like coarse ground black pepper or red pepper flakes and garlic. I add to my taste before I close the top.

Black History Month
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Additional Resources

Black History Month Celebrate the legacy and significance of the African American experience by engaging with this guide's information.