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Center for Black Studies, 621 W. Lincoln Highway, functions to advocate for Black students at NIU and the DeKalb community and serves as a supportive space to students, according to its website. The center can be reached at or at 815-753-1709.

Supportive spaces available to teach students to manage “difficult situations”

By Northern Star staff | November 23, 2016

DeKALB | NIU has supportive spaces on campus through its resource centers such as the Center for Black Studies, among others, where students can learn to manage "difficult situations."Some supportive spaces on campus include the Asian American Center,...

Chicago violence alters lives

Chicago violence alters lives

By Photo illustration by Nick Bosshart | November 7, 2016

Students laid out tombstones Thursday along Lucinda Avenue to signify the number of people that have been murdered in Chicago in the past five years. Above, names of people lost to homicide this year in Chicago are listed. There have been 632 homicides in Chicago so far this year, according to reports by the Chicago Tribune.

Weekend Guide August 27

By Northern Star staff | August 27, 2015

Northern Star staffCongratulations! You’ve successfully made your way through the first week of classes. Take some time to unwind and escape from the strenuous homework and not-so-friendly professors at these events this weekend:TodayGraduate student...

Black studies major proposal stalled for program prioritization

By Satta Kendor | June 15, 2015

The Center for Black Studies and NIU students said they hope to expand black studies from a minor to a major pending program prioritization.NIU administrators met with the Center for Black Studies on April 29 to discuss the possibility of black studies...

Anthony Baca, Freshman Finance major, tugging for Phi Sigma Kappa on the second day of Tugs.

Weekend Guide April 23

By Northern Star staff | April 23, 2015

Anthony Baca, Freshman Finance major, tugging for Phi Sigma Kappa on the second day of Tugs.

Black Student Union to hold Chill Fest April 25

By Northern Star staff | April 13, 2015

The Black Student Union will hold its annual Chill Fest 5-10 p.m. April 25 at the Center for Black Studies.Chill Fest is open to the public and will have music, free food and games. There will be a barbecue with hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken sandwiches....

Petition calls for Black Studies awareness

Petition calls for Black Studies awareness

By Alex LaBee | April 9, 2015

Kendra Fleshman, of Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, writes during Monday’s “Dear White People” film showing in the Holmes Student Center. Sigma Gamma Rho, which held the event, is one of the student organizations supported by the Center for Black Studies. Go to for a list of student groups involved with the center.

Correction: This cutline said Kendra Fleshman is a member of the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority, but Fleshman is not a member of the sorority.

Service week to honor Martin Luther King Jr.

By Rhea Riley | January 20, 2014

This week NIU will hold service events to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and his efforts as a civil rights activist.NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning has coordinated with campus organizations, such as the LGBT Resource...

The new DeKalb Police Station along Lincoln Highway has caused stir among some members of black student organizations due to its proximity to the Center for Black Studies.

Police station’s location draws ire of some students

By James Bartley | November 6, 2013

As the DeKalb police station prepares to open at its new location, a debate about it being located across from the Center for Black Studies continues.The station is located at 700 W. Lincoln Highway and is near the Center for Black Studies, 621 W. Lincoln...

Opposition to new police station remains

By Ian Gough & Joe Palmer | April 9, 2012

Irving Construction will be the contract manager for the new DeKalb Police Department station. The decision was made at a DeKalb City Council meeting Monday. Interim DeKalb Police Chief Ron Pearson said the department hopes construction starts soon, but...

History’s Foundation: DuSable Hall

By Olivia Willoughby | March 18, 2012

At least once in their academic lives, students have had a class in DuSable Hall. Many, however, do not know this is a building named for an African-French trader who aided in the Revolutionary War. “DuSable Hall was named after Jean Baptiste Paul Dessables,”...

Helping Hands to host Black History Month events

By Olivia Willoughby | February 7, 2012

A new student association, Helping Hands Community Service Organization, plans to follow the mission of spreading diversity on campus, said Helping Hands President Latasha Bennett.Bennett created the organization two years ago to begin her path to having...