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IU Northwest celebrates Black History Month with panel discussions, workshops, music, food and more

Events take place on and off campus during the month of February

Monday Jan 28, 2013

In recognition of Black History Month, celebrated during February, Indiana University Northwest invites the campus, and community, to participate in this annual observance through the following events and opportunities:

Month-Long Series: “A Diversity Symposium: Exploring the Unconscious Bias”

Throughout the month of February, the IU Northwest Office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs will host a Diversity Symposium, a series of presentations and discussions that explore the topics and issues surrounding the concept of cultural competency and unconscious bias.

The goal of the symposium is to answer questions and develop recommendations on how to recognize and address these issues, with the common goal of increasing understanding, acceptance and inclusion.

Wednesday, February 13: 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Keynote Address: Dr. David Embrick, Associate Professor of Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago
  • Breakout Discussions: Recognizing race and gender; and contradictions and vagueness of diversity

Wednesday, February 20: 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Keynote Address: Frederick W. Gooding, Jr., Esq., Director of Critical Studies, The Minority Reporter, Rockville, MD
  • Breakout Discussions: Theoretical framework of the stereotype threat, influence of media/movies on teacher/student expectations

Wednesday, February 27: 1 – 4 p.m.

  • Movie Screening: “Cracking the Code” - This film is designed for dialogue and works to disentangle internal beliefs, attitudes and prejudgments within. It offers avenues for building skills to address the structural drivers of social and economic inequities.
  • Facilitator/Moderator: IU Northwest Office of Minority Studies

All Diversity Symposium events are open to campus and community at no charge. All keynote addresses will take place in the Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

For more information, please contact Phyllis Barlow at (219) 980-6596 or

February 16: Gospel Music Concert with Fred Hammond

A Gospel Musical Concert with Fred Hammond will take place 7 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 16 at the West Side Theatre Guild, 900 Gerry Street in Gary, Ind. The concert is sponsored by the Department of Minority Studies and highlights the department’s celebration of Black History Month. 

Musician Hammond has been a well-known figure on the contemporary Christian music scene since the 1980s, when he started with the musical group Commissioned and later launched his solo career with his touring choir, Radical for Christ.

Hammond is also an accomplished Christian music entrepreneur who, with his production company, has worked on more than 80 albums.

Tickets are $25 and will be available at the West Side Theatre box office from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, beginning February 2. A limited number of free tickets are available for IU Northwest students, faculty, and staff (call 219-980-6629).

For more information, please contact the West Side Theater Guild at (219) 977-2198, ext. 14

February 19: Taste of Soul Food

The campus and the community are invited to enjoy “A Taste of Soul Food” in the Savannah Center lobby from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 19.

At “A Taste of Soul Food,” participants will be able to receive free tickets for a sampling of jerk chicken, macaroni and cheese, candied yams, catfish nuggets, greens, corn bread muffins, peach cobbler, and turkey with gravy.

The food will be provided by Dustie’s Soul Food. Entertainment to be provided.

For more information, please contact Phyllis Barlow at (219) 980-6596 or

February 28: Mr. Alfred Baker & The West Indian Folk Dance Company

Celebrate the beauty, strength, and diversity of African/American/Caribbean music and dance heritage of The West Indian Folk Dance Company, a world-class Chicago-based professional troupe of folksingers, drummers and dancers of many nationalities.

The troupe, under the direction of Alfred Baker, and IU Northwest alumna Vickie Casanova, will perform at 6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28 in the Bergland Auditorium, located in the Savannah Center.

This free concert is hosted by the IU Northwest's African American Studies Historic Midtown Project.

For more information, please contact Raoul Contreras, Associate Professor of Minority Studies at (219) 980-6665 or

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