February is Black History Month and UNC Campus Recreation is celebrating with its Black Health Matters event. On Feb. 13, rec members can participate in a Trap Workout Event starting at 8:15 p.m. in the SRC Group Fitness Studios.
Following the workout, Donnae Ward Laughinghouse, UNC Campus Recreation coordinator for fitness services, will be leading a discussion on the importance of health for Black students.
“I want students of color to know, because there’s a small percentage of students (of color) here, I want them to know that their health does matter,” Ward Laughinghouse said. “Since being here in Campus Recreation, not a lot of students of color come to the rec center because of the lack of representation, or they feel like the programming really isn’t for them."
She said she hopes that Black Health Matters, the first UNC Campus Recreation event centered on the health of students of color, inspires students to focus on and take charge of their mental and physical health.
After starting at UNC Campus Recreation in August 2018, Ward Laughinghouse said she asked what health initiatives there were that focused on students of color. After being told that there weren't any, she decided to change that.