During the final week of Black History Month, top agencies spell out how they’re supporting the Black community, promoting Black health and wellness, investing in Black talent and celebrating Black art, culture and food.

In honor of Black History Month, UM’s Diversity, Equity & Belonging Council hosted several programs for both internal and external audiences. Our community was honored to host a virtual cooking class with Top Chef finalist Eric Adjepong to take us through the culture and cuisine of the African diaspora. The event was part of our ongoing Food for the Soul series, where we spotlight cultural cuisine, bringing our community together in the best way possible: over a great meal.

Additionally, in partnership with our parent company Mediabrands and sister agency Initiative, we hosted a conversation entitled ‘B.E.S.T (Black Excellence Story Telling) Conversation Series: Recognizing the Influence of Black Culture in Art, Fashion and Music’ with trailblazers in the arts as part of ‘Real Talk,’ our interactive speaker series on DEI-specific topics and current events.

Jeff Marshall, chief diversity officer, UM

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