Date: February 7, 2022
Time: 8:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: Online Event
Audience: Current Students
Each year Baker College hosts a Student Expo in honor of Black History Month. Students from across the Baker College System join together to create and share presentations recognizing and exploring the achievements of African Americans and the central role they play in U.S. history.
This year’s event will be a collection of virtual presentations during the week of February 14. These presentations will not only serve as a learning experience for students, but one for our campuses and community at large. This event is an opportunity for learning and interaction that complements the classroom experience. It helps with team building, addressing diversity issues, goal-setting, collaboration, writing, professionalism, oral communication, and more. Historically, the Black History Month event has been found to be an invaluable educational experience for all who participate and attend.
This year’s Black History Month Virtual Expo will display a virtual presentation that increases knowledge of others and events, people, laws, etc. that reflect the African American experience. This presentation should provide a positive presentation of the contributions of African Americans. Presentations that address any discriminatory or oppressive event should be compassionate and intended to increase the public’s understanding of the African American perspective. The topic selected should be well-researched and accurate. This year’s theme is “Black Health & Wellness”.
This event can be done individually or as a group. If you select to do this as a group, groups can consist of no more than three people. Every participant is required to have a faculty or staff mentor/coach who will advise, make sure that the topic is not duplicated with other booths, and to assist with meeting all deadlines. Topics must be submitted by your mentor/coach by Friday, January 28. Topics will be approved on a first come basis. Topics should be detailed to provide a clear explanation of what will be presented. To enter, mentors/coaches must first complete the entry form on behalf of their group.
Because this event provides a chance to win a scholarship (per student), all students must follow the guidelines provided below.
The theme for 2022 is “Black Health & Wellness.”
Individually or as a group (nor more than 3 persons per group), participants will be expected to create and present a virtual exhibit centering on the theme listed above. This virtual exhibit requires that you utilize a form of presentation software such as PowerPoint or Google Slides. The purpose of your virtual exhibit is to focus on the theme while helping others become more knowledgeable and sensitive to specific issues of the history of African Americans in the United States. You are encouraged to be creative with your presentation. You must present your virtual exhibit as either a narrated PowerPoint/Google Slides or include detailed presenter’s notes on each slide.
The following are additional guidelines to be eligible to receive an award for the booth at the Black History Month Virtual Expo:
The theme of the virtual expo should directly relate to the theme and be clearly articulated through the group’s mentor/coach.
The content and theme of the booth must be positive and relate to a current or historical African American person, event, contribution, award, etc.
The African American person, event, contribution, award, etc. must be the focus of the booth. For example, stating “Dr. Shirley Jackson developed the touch-tone telephone” and focusing on the types of touch-tone telephones and what you can do with them does not qualify for an award. Focusing the virtual display on Dr. Shirley Jackson as the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate in nuclear physics who developed… and the value of her contribution would qualify for an award.
Remember we are celebrating the lives, contributions, events, and/or awards of African Americans so the focus should be on the positive aspects of the African American person, event, contribution, award, etc.
Example: Harriet Tubman, American abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, Nurse OR Harriet Tubman, spy. All of these general topics fall into the theme of “American History through the Eyes of African-Americans” because we have a lot of information about Harriet Tubman’s life and the various impacts she made, throughout and after the Civil War. The important next question would be, “What about Harriet Tubman? What do you want people to know about her?” It is in answering these questions where we will find the clarity that is required when explaining the purpose of the virtual expo.
Slides (10 – 15 slides)
Title Slide (Title, student name(s) and date)
Introduction/ Purpose Slide (present your objectives in a way that catches audience interest.)
Reference Slide (APA format)
Design choose your backgrounds carefully, they should unify the presentation and make it more attractive.
Visuals – Demonstrate effective use of visuals (charts, tables, graphs, photos). Make sure to use your visuals effectively, including charts, tables, graphs, and photos to help listeners understand the material. All slides cannot contain just text. Graphics are excellent tools to illustrate key points.
Resources. A minimum of five (5) scholarly sources must be used
Establish rapport and interest with the audience. Think of something that will interest your audience in the
Subject. Tell how the topic is important to listeners.
There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner. The gift card prize amounts for each winner will be as follows: Ist – $300; 2nd – $200 and 3rd – $100. The criteria for judging will be based on originality, creativity, mastery of topic, professionalism, clearly demonstrating the purpose, and design. The scholarship awarded will be a combination of public/campus community votes [50%] and special judges [50%].
Your virtual expo presentation must be submitted by Monday, February 7 at 8 PM.