by:Franzen Quicho and Julio Morales To celebrate Black History Month, Bergen Community College hosts a series of events, expanding, honoring and recognizing the culture and heritage of African-Americans. One of the notable events within the campus is Hip Hop Tuesdays in the student center at the Paramus campus.
Hip Hop Tuesday is an event coordinated by the Multicultural Services and Activities (MSA) Department in partnership with the Black Male Alliance and the Black History Month Committee.
April Harrison, the coordinator of the Multicultural Services and Activities Department, explains that the MSA creates programs that promote inclusivity for everyone, including the underrepresented communities.
“We were thinking of different programming that would make students feel included, feeling like they belong, giving them access to various things,” says Harrison. “So one of the things that we decided to do with our resident DJ, Elisha Phillips, was Hip Hop Tuesdays,” explained Harrison on how Hip Hop Tuesdays came to be.
“Everyone is invited, you can just go there, and enjoy yourself until you have to go back,” said Ejohnay Crooks, the Hip Hop Tuesday host and a peer leader from MSA. Crooks further explained that the event is meant to be a reset and a safe space for students within the campus.
Hip Hop Tuesdays take place every Tuesday of the month, from the 7th of February until the 28th, from approximately 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM.
For more information about the Hip Hop Tuesdays and events during the Black History Month in general, information about the times and dates are provided in https://bergen.edu/events/.