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Anne Edwards, former director for the Center for Black Studies, in 2020 thanking everyone who participated in the Art and Soul street painting event.

Center for Black Studies director goes home after 10 years

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | January 17, 2023

After 10 years at NIU, Anne Edwards has left her position as director of the Center for Black Studies to return to her alma mater Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. Edwards worked for six years in Career Services at NIU. In 2018, she was...

Gaylen Rivers, the assistant director of programming for the Center for Black Studies, explains the many traditions of the holiday. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

The Center for Black Studies celebrate Kwanzaa, host farewell dinner for director

By Caleb Johnson, News Reporter | December 12, 2022

Community, spirit and unity are at the heart of this cherished holiday tradition as people gathered on the evening of Dec. 1 for the Center for Black Studies pre-Kwanzaa celebration.  According to Gaylen Rivers, assistant director of programming at...

As part of its ongoing adult lecture series, the Elwood House Museum will be hosting the Black Oral History Project in collaboration with NIU Department of History, Center for Black Studies and the University Libraries, and will take place on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the Elwood House Museum in DeKalb. (Photo courtesy of the DeKalb County History Center)

Ellwood House Museum to host Black Oral History event

By Sarah Rose, Senior Lifestyle Writer | October 25, 2022

DeKALB – The Ellwood House Museum Visitor’s Center, located at 420 Linden Place, DeKalb, will host November’s Brown Bag/Local Lore program on Nov. 3 from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. This program is free of charge and is open to the public.  The DeKalb...

Young people recording podcast in studio. Selective focus of microphone used by young man and woman while recording podcast in studio.

Center for Black Studies introduces Podcast Club

By Michael Stoll, Sports Reporter | September 22, 2022

DeKALB – NIU’s Center for Black Studies recently created a new club called Podcast Club. The club gathers fellow podcast enthusiasts to sit down and meet and discuss a podcast of the club’s choice. The first meeting of the Podcast Club will be...

The Center for Black Studies, 621 W. Lincoln Highway.

Center for Black Studies, RAMP to host presentation

By Eddie Drinkwine | September 15, 2022

DeKALB — The NIU Center for Black Studies and RAMP will host a presentation from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday in the Regency Room at the Holmes Student Center, 340 Carroll Avenue. The presentation, Intersectionality of Disability and Race. will feature...

Seniors Courtney Hollis (left) and Ladesa Jeffries (right) host a table for Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at the CBS open house. (Nyla Owens | Northern Star)

Center for Black Studies highlights Black organizations on campus

By Kyra Johnson, Lifestyle Writer | September 8, 2022

If you’re looking to get involved in clubs or organizations this fall semester, there’s so much to look forward to on campus.  The Center for Black Studies hosted the Black Organization Exposition as part of their Open House on Aug. 25 located...

Black Lives Matter was painted on Castle Drive in 2020. Currently, the words are barely visible.

Castle Drive: Black Lives Matter mural fades with no restoration plans

By Parker Otto | April 3, 2022
In 2020 following a vandalism incident, Black Lives Matter was painted on Castle Drive. The words are now faded and barely legible.
Members of Black Male Initiative. Black Male Initiative is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

Black Male Initiative celebrates 20-year anniversary with upcoming events

By Parker Otto | March 22, 2022
Black Male Initiative will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with 6 different events.
A classroom in the Center for Black Studies, which offers different programs for Black students to encourage success and help them make connections.

Programs offered through the Center for Black Studies

By Elisa Reamer | March 22, 2022
The Center for Black Studies offers programs that encourage success and help create connections.
Julia Dixon is vice president of National Society of Black Engineers, member of Society of Women Engineers, member and recording secretary of “Zealous” Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and Ambassador of Center for Black Studies.

Engineering student shows off leadership skills in extracurriculars

By Joey Trella, Opinion Editor | February 27, 2022
Engineering student Julia Dixon is vice president of National Society of Black Engineers, member of Society of Women Engineers, member and recording secretary of “Zealous” Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta and Ambassador of Center for Black Studies. 
The Center for Black Studies offers a Black Studies minor and several programs for Black students. The center creates a safe space for NIUs diverse student body for the past 50 years.

Associate Director: ‘If you don’t have a diverse faculty, you can further systemic racism’

By Parker Otto | February 25, 2022
NIU has a diverse student body but does not have the staff to match it. A more diverse staff would make college life more comfortable for students and more welcoming.