Understanding the political landscape with Angela Rye

Understanding the political landscape with Angela Rye

By Genesis Cosme

Understanding the political landscape with Angela Rye

By Genesis Cosme
Angela Rye, CEO of IMPACT Strategies and CNN political commentator, headlines Black Awareness Month 2020 hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs and United Black Students.

As a dynamic leader and advocate for social and political movements across the country, Angela Rye will discuss her professional journey, how to become civically engaged in our political landscape, and the role one’s identity plays in professional spaces. An Evening with Angela Rye, hosted by Multicultural Student Affairs and United Black Students, will take place on Feb. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Shalala Student Center Grand Ballroom. 

Rye is CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a CNN political commentator, and an NPR political analyst. She currently serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (CBCPAC), Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, and Inclusv. Her move to Washington D.C. also allowed her to co-found IMPACT, a nonprofit organization providing young professionals with the platform to become more civically engaged, politically involved, and economically empowered leaders. 

"Angela Rye is a dynamic, multifaceted and inspirational leader who is a prime example of black girl magic," said Landon Coles, a student leader with Multicultural Student Affairs. "I am so grateful for her willingness to come to the University of Miami and speak on her rise to prominence as a leader and advocate for historically marginalized communities. Her story will be a great way to begin our month-long celebration of black history and culture.”

“We are delighted to provide an opportunity for the University community to attend programs that encourage students to be actively engaged in the political process," added Renée Dickens Callan, executive director of student life. "We look forward to learning about Angela Rye’s professional experiences and commitment to social action.”

Tickets for students, faculty, and staff are available by completing the event RSVP form here.

Rye headlines a month of exciting ways for students to get involved in the University community while celebrating Black Awareness Month. Black Awareness Month officially kicks off with opening ceremonies on Monday, Feb. 3 in the UC Breezeway from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also taking place this month is the Unity Roundtable’s BAM Culture Pop-Up, a co-sponsored Canes Night Live, and the annual BAM Day of Service.  

A full calendar of events for the month can be found below. 

Black Awareness Month Calendar of Events 
  • Feb. 3 – Black Awareness Month Opening Ceremonies 
    UC Breezeway, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • Feb. 4 – MSA Real Talk on Misinformed 
    MSA Office UC 2300F, 12 – 1 p.m. 
  • Feb. 5 – Evening with Angela Rye 
    Shalala Student Center Grand Ballroom, 6 p.m. 
  • Feb. 9 – Sweet Home Church Service 
    10 a.m. 
  • Feb. 12 – Unity Roundtable’s BAM Culture Pop-Up 
    UC Canopy, 12 – 2 p.m. 
  • Feb. 14 – BBQ co-sponsored with Patio Jams 
    Foote Green, 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. 
  • Feb. 17 – MSA Real Talk on Financial Literacy 
    MSA Office UC 2300F, 12 – 1 p.m. 
  • Feb. 20 – Movie Night SHAFT (2019) 
    Senate Room, 7:30 – 10 p.m. 
  • Feb. 21 – Canes Night Live co-sponsored with BAM 
    Shalala Student Center, 8 – 11 p.m. 
  • Feb. 22 – BAM Day of Service 
    8 a.m. 
  • Feb. 26 – MSA/BAM Quizbowl 
    Activities Room South, 7 – 9 p.m. 
  • Feb. 27 – OIC One Book One U 
    Kislak Center, Otto G. Richter Library, 7 p.m. 
  • Feb. 27 – Spectrum UM Drag Out 
    Shalala Student Center Ballrooms, 8 p.m. 
For more information on Black Awareness Month, United Black Students, or Multicultural Student Affairs, visit msa.studentaffairs.miami.edu.