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Black History Month celebration at IU Northwest

Indiana University Northwest will celebrate Black History Month with a series of inspiring and educational celebrations, including a convocation addressing the topic, “Teaching in a Culturally Diverse Classroom.”

On Friday, Feb. 20 from 10 a.m. to Noon in the Savannah Center Auditorium, James A. Anderson, Ph.D., the Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity at Texas A&M University, will discuss how effective teaching in a culturally diverse classroom remains a national milestone because it affects not only American campuses, but the greater course of humanity as well.

“To ignore such a critical skill set is to conceal the multitudes of cultural and ethnic experiences waiting to be expressed by our nation's student body. Everyone in Northwest Indiana is part of the cross-cultural learning experience. I believe Dr. James Anderson will deliver a powerful message as to why recognition/embracing diversity is so paramount,” said Kenneth D. Coopwood, Ph.D., director of Diversity & Equity and assistant to the Chancellor at IU Northwest.

Anderson was appointed to his position at Texas A&M in November. He came from North Carolina State University where he served as vice provost for undergraduate affairs and professor of counselor education. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Commission on Human Resources and Social Change, the Villanova University College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Medallion and the Award for Significant Contribution to Educational Programs from the American Speech Language-Hearing Association. He was named an American Council of Education Fellow by the Office of the President at the University of Richmond, Va.

This and other Black History Month events are free and open to the public. Each event is sponsored by the Center for Cultural Discovery and Learning Diversity Programming Group. Events include:

Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6-7

Tribute to African American Workers

Division of Labor Studies presents, "Celebrate the Gifts, Give Your Hands to Struggle."

Institute highlighting contributions of African American workers to democracy and social justice. Public ceremonies include keynote speakers Bill Fletcher, director of Trans Africa and Elise Bryant, nationally known African-American culture worker from the George Meany Center in Washington, D.C. Call (219) 981-4272 for more information.

Jan. 26-30, Monday, Feb. 9

African American Dolls

(Jan.) Gallery Northwest, Tamarack Hall

(Feb.) Library Conference Center, room 105

More than 300 black dolls on display from collection of Montgomery, Ala. civil rights activist Jamila Jones. Reception and lecture Monday, Jan. 26, Noon-2 p.m., Gallery Northwest. Call the Office of Multicultural Affairs at (219) 980-6763 for more information.

Tuesday, Feb. 24

Women’s Business Expo

9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

IUN Gallery for Contemporary Art, Moraine Center

Performance on strong black women during luncheon at 1 p.m. with Momma Kemba (Anna Johnson-Webb). RSVP needed for luncheon, call the Women’s Studies Department at (219) 980-6986 for more information.

Sunday, Feb. 29

Soulfood Feastival

3-6 p.m.

Savannah Center Gymnasium

“Let us feed you, body and soul”

Come out to hear your favorite local choirs and dance groups while eating your favorite Southern foods. Hosted by WYCA’s Darryll King. Admission is Free. Dinners available for purchase. Call the Office of Special Events at (219) 981-5609 for more information.



Media Contact:

Kim Kintz

Guest speaker, James A. Anderson, Ph.D., Vice President and Associate Provost for Institutional Assessment and Diversity at Texas A&M University will discuss effective teaching in a culturally diverse classroom.

Civil rights activist Jamila Jones will exhibit her African-American doll collection.
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