University of New Haven Senior Reflects on the Significance of Black History Month
Samara Clark ’19, a criminal justice major and diversity peer educator, worked closely with the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion to plan events and discussions as part of the University’s celebration of Black History Month.
March 4, 2019
By Renee Chmiel, Office of Marketing and Communications
For Samara Clark ’19, Black History Month is about strength and prosperity. The University’s month-long celebration is important, she said, in helping society recognize that Black history should be commemorated throughout the year.
"Every month can be Black History Month," she said. "It is important because Black history is not typically taught at a young age and one must seek information about it. Many things we do every day are thanks to the inventions of people of color, who are not always appreciated for their beautiful minds."
"Many things we do every day are thanks to the inventions of people of color, who are not always appreciated for their beautiful minds."Samara Clark ’19
Clark serves as a diversity peer educator with the Myatt Center for Diversity and Inclusion. She works with staff members at Bethel Hall to create programming that fosters diversity and inclusion, and she helps ensure the safety and comfort of students of all backgrounds.
"As a DPE, I become a ‘walking safe space’ for students who have concerns on campus regarding just about anything," Clark said.
Clark also works closely with Juan Hernandez, the director of the Myatt Center, which has hosted Black History Month events throughout February, including parties, movie showings, speakers, and discussions.
"As a DPE, I become a ‘walking safe space’ for students who have concerns on campus regarding just about anything."Samara Clark ’19
Beyond her work with the Myatt Center, she especially enjoys her participation with the Monsoon Dance Crew, the Hip-Hop dance team at the University. "I appreciate the bonds within the members of the team and the love and support we always get from the campus community," said Clark, the group’s president.
"My roles at the University are very important to me," continued Clark. "Hopefully, the events and programs that take place will help everyone better understand that Black History is American history."