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Black Professionals Network

Connecting, Empowering, and Inspiring Northwestern’s Black Professionals

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Dialogue, Networking, Community

The Northwestern University Black Professionals Network strives to build community through our shared experiences to foster open dialogue, leadership and mentorship that will improve the NU black professional experience.


BPN Spotlight

Rhea Banks Beloved Law School employee and BPN Steering Committee member

Northwestern mourns the passing of Rhea Banks

April 3, 2023
from Northwestern Now

Beloved Law School Employee and BPN Steering Committee member is remembered for her work in bringing people together, advancing justice and advocating for fellow staff members across the University.

Toni M. Montgomery

Toni M. Montgomery receives NVP honor from NUSAC

January 17, 2024
from NUSAC

NUSAC selects a staff member each term to highlight in their newsletter from Human Resource's Gratitude Wall.


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Before BPN I never realized how “hungry” I was for a community of people who looked like me! I'd become accustomed to being the only black male in any room. My first BPN live event was a revelation! At no time in my usual workday did I get to interact with a room full of black and brown people. I'd found my community.”

— Vince McCoy

Vince McCoy (r), person, Toni Montgomery, President Schill, and Dino

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