Posted: 1/23/20

CBP, TAMIU Present Special Ceremony in Celebration of National African American Heritage Month


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U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Laredo Sector Border Patrol, Laredo Port of Entry and Office of Chief Counsel, together with Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) will celebrate National African American Heritage Month with a special ceremony Thursday, Jan. 30, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. in TAMIU’s Student Center Auditorium.

Themed, “Lift Every Voice,” the ceremony marks the first time the two organizations have partnered to plan a celebratory event commemorating National African American Heritage Month. Attending the event will be CBP executives, TAMIU administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

“Expanding our partnership with TAMIU allows us to promote diversity and engage the local community by commemorating this important event in history with our educational and workforce community,” said Olga Avila, Laredo Sector Branch Chief.  

Dr. Haruna, TAMIU professor of Public Administration and Intercultural Education and Events Committee (IEEC) chair, said the CBP’s Diversity Inclusion Program Committee and TAMIU’s IEEC worked together for four weeks to plan the program.

“The partnership with CBP aligns well with the mission of our Committee and expands our efforts to promote intercultural conversations beyond TAMIU,” he said.

Event highlights include a food-tasting, an African art exhibit, the singing of the Negro National Anthem, and a Brazilian martial arts presentation by Carlos Morales, owner of Morales Martial Arts. Also featured will be an African dance presentation by TAMIU’s Ballet Folklórico.

In addition, TAMIU will host a CBP career table for those seeking federal government jobs and a Study Abroad information table for students wishing to travel abroad.

“We are delighted to host CBP in this first-ever joint event for commemorating National African American Heritage Month,” Dr. Haruna said, “Both organizations’ diversity committees look forward to continuing to work together to celebrate and promote upcoming heritage months in March and April 2020,” Dr. Haruna said.

For more information, please contact Haruna at 956.326.2613, email pharuna@tamiu.edu or visit offices in the Academic Innovation Center, room 334.

TAMIU is celebrating its 50th Anniversary and its 25th Anniversary at its north Laredo campus throughout 2020.  A dedicated website shares the University’s remarkable transformation from a hybrid upper-level University to a full doctoral degree-granting University with over 29,000 graduates worldwide that enrolls over 8,400 students. Visit the calendar of Anniversary events, explore the University’s timeline, review alumni profiles and more at tamiu.edu/50.

For more on the University’s story, contact the TAMIU Office of Public Relations, Marketing and Information Services at 956.326.2180, email prmis@tamiu.edu, click on tamiu.edu or visit offices in the Sue and Radcliffe Killam Library, room 268.