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Indiana University Northwest’s New Student Success Program to host movie and group discussion

Screening of John Singleton’s film, Higher Learning, expected to evoke a lively conversation focused on real-world, collegiate issues


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Emily Banas
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Charles Sheid
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The New Student Success Program (NSSP), an Indiana University Northwest organization, will host a viewing of John Singleton’s film, Higher Learning, on Thursday, Sept. 16. Individuals interested in the showing should meet in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium at 2:30 p.m.

A post-movie group discussion will focus on several key themes covered in the movie, specifically racial diversity, gender rights and homophobia.

“The purpose of this exercise is to encourage our campus community (IU Northwest) to start an active dialog regarding these themes,” said NSSP Coordinator James Wallace.  “Open dialogue and conversations like these will continue to develop a culture of inclusion on our campus, where all community members feel welcome to live and learn.”

Established in 2009, the NSSP places participating students in a cohort of their freshman peers. Those students learn together by taking many of their required freshman courses together. The program also provides NSSP students with peer and faculty mentors who form a reliable social network, helping students navigate the many challenges that arise during freshman year.     

Higher Learning, a 1995 drama, was directed by John Singleton and stars an ensemble cast. The drama examines the personal, political, and racial dilemmas facing several incoming freshman enrolled at the fictional Columbus University. Lessons are learned when the characters, who are from different countries, races and social backgrounds, are forced to integrate after attending the same university.

The movie and discussion is sponsored by the IU Northwest Office of Diversity Programming.

The Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium is located in the Savannah Center on the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

For additional information, please contact NSSP Coordinator James Wallace at (219) 980-6601 or