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Black History Month

The Northwestern community highlights African and African American culture through a variety of events, including guest speakers, panel discussions, films, social gatherings, theatrical performances and literary forums, just to name a few.

All throughout the month we have new and exciting events, collaborations, and contributions from students, staff, faculty, and the campus community.


Harambee: A Black History Month Kick-off

Swahili for “pull together,” "Harambee" is used as a rallying cry in Kenya for coming together and gathering resources. Harambee kicks off Black History Month with various performances and food for all to enjoy. 

Community Night: Paint and Sip

Come and join your peers and MSA to relax, paint and eat! There will be music, painting tutorials to follow and just space to unwind if need be. Pizza will be provided! 

Black Organization Showcase

The Association of Black Leaders invites you to the Black Organization Showcase, a program highlighting Northwestern's Black student- serving organizations. Come out to learn about exciting programs the groups are planning, as well as ways to get involved.  

Self Preservation: A Discussion on Black Mental Health and Wellness

In this program Dr. Olivia Hoskins, from CAPS, will facilitate a necessary conversation around mental health and wellness in the Black community. Tips and insights will be provided along with opportunities for participants to engage. The session will end with a mindfulness activity and resources available on campus. Light refreshments will be provided!

HIV Testing and Screening

MSA is partnering with Asian Human Services of Chicago and will be offering FREE confidential HIV testing and counseling. Stop by and take advantage of these services.

AfroFusion Zumba

Fitness instructor, extraordinaire, Tytiana “Tot” Williams invites people from all levels to join for an "Afro-Fusion" Zumba Class. Come ready to work up a sweat while dancing the night away to AfroFusion, Reggare, and Hip Hop beats. Wear comfy sneakers and comfortable clothes. Granola bars and water will be provided. Please note SPAC requires Wildcard access for all students.

Staff/ Faculty may email for access to the facility. Program is free of charge.

Food From the Soul

Chef Kristen Harper, Owner and Head Chef at Cleo’s Southern Cuisine, joins us for a special evening of storytelling- highlighting her personal narrative of her family's long lineage of cooking soul food and its significance to a family's history. Chef will also be preparing a number of dishes from her new restaurant set to open in Chicago this year with dishes from timeless southern recipes showcased with elegance, class, and sophistication.

You will not want to miss this delectable event! This program is free of charge.

Wealth is Health: A Financial Literacy Workshop

 Ever wonder what you can be doing right now to get on a path of financial literacy? Does the thought of student loans intimidate you? Do you find yourself wondering which credit cards match your needs? Are you looking to exercise discipline but unsure of how to begin? If you answered yes t any of the questions above, then this program is for you! Graduate and professional students form Kellogg’s Black management Association will share tips and tricks they have learned along the way in their own journeys regarding budgeting, paying down debt and so much more!

Come with your questions. Food will be provided.

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