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Black History Month



February 5 - Black Joy and Art

Join us in the Black House as we strengthen the bonds within the black community and make art. We will be providing tote bags, canvases, paints, and other mediums and art supplies. Feel free to use whatever artistic media you would like to express yourself or bring something of your own!"


February 7 - Black Diaspora Keynote: Ayanna Legros- interviewed by NU Chair of African American Studies Department Dr. Mary Patillo

Ayanna Legros is an interdisciplinary historian of 20th century Caribbean and Latin America. She is completing at Ph.D. in the Department of History at Duke University. Her dissertation project: “Echoes in Exile: Haitian Radio Activism in New York City (1969-2002)” spans the fields of sound studies, immigration, Black diaspora studies, and histories of technology. Her work uses oral histories, radio show transcripts, cassette tapes, and songs to craft a nuanced history of Haitians peoples’ usage of radio to inform and empower new political visions for the nation.


February 8 -  Study Abroad 101

Northwestern’s very own study abroad program manager Norvell Watts will be leading a session for students to learn more about the study abroad opportunities NU offers while providing resources for navigating how identity may show up while studying abroad.


February 9 - Traveling While Black

A diverse panel of NU Black travelers will come together to discuss the intersections of identity and travel across the world. The panel will be centered around travel accessibility, increasing Black participation in international travel, cultural norms, overcoming obstacles, and racism abroad.


February 10 - BHM X Queer Wellness Chat with the smallWORLD collective

This hybrid MSA event will be facilitated by the smallWORLD collective, a Chicago-based black queer and trans family of artists. This workshop will introduce students to the practice of ethical non-monogamy through a black liberatory framework. In doing so, our goal is to support students exploring the dimensions of emotionality that emerge in non-monogamous relationships. The experiences of black queer and trans folx will be centered in this space. We will have in-person and remote options.


February 14 - All About Black Love

Hosted by NU’s Center for Awareness, Response & Education(CARE), join us for a Valentine's Day conversation on the expansiveness of Black love & community care: Past, present, & future.


February 25 - Blackness, Queerness, and Spirituality

This hybrid MSA event will be facilitated by Whitney R.E. Bond, an Atlanta-based black queer woman and founder of Still Saved. This event seeks to invite students into a conversation about the ways black queer identity intersects with spirituality. The goal of this event is to help students continue the formation of their ideas about the role of spirituality in their life as black queer folx. The experiences of Black LGTBQIA+ students are centered in this space. We will have in-person and remote attendance options.



February 28 - Graduate School: Hints, Tips and Advice from a Black Perspective

Along with graduate-level scholars from NU and the University of Chicago, MSA Assistant Director Derek Nettingham will be hosting a casual space for graduate and undergraduate students to network about education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

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