PNW plans virtual public events during Black History Month


A participant performs at the 2020 PNW Black History Month Poetry Slam. This year’s poetry slam will be held virtually Feb. 23.

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) plans a range of cultural and academic events throughout February to commemorate Black History Month.

Many events are free and open to the public. Visit for the full schedule of events and registration information.

“These events reflect PNW’s commitment to come together and are coordinated by students, faculty and staff across the university,” said Yohlunda Mosley, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs. “As educators, scholars, and just simply individuals who want to learn more about one another, we are proud of the many ways that we will engage students and our community this month and throughout the year.”

New scholarship fund

In honor of Black History Month, PNW is creating a scholarship fund to provide additional support for African-American scholars at Purdue Northwest. Information about how to donate to the scholarship fund, and how to apply for the scholarship, will be shared soon.

Black History Month events

PNW offers creative performers, socially distant and virtual activities, and discussions reflecting on the contributions of Black people to U.S. history throughout the month of February. Events are listed below. For more details and the most up-to-date information, please visit

— Black History Art Contest: Feb. 1-28. PNW students can create and submit artwork paying tribute to the power, grace and versatility embodied in Black history. After the contest is complete, submitted artwork will be auctioned off to support PNW scholarships.

— Support Black, Buy Black: Feb. 1-28. Special promotions and offerings to PNW students for Black-owned businesses will be featured throughout the month.

— Health Equity and Communities of Color: 12:30 p.m. Feb. 4. As part of the faculty-led lecture series on “Race, Racism, Anti-Racism,” PNW Associate Professor of English Karen Bishop-Morris hosts a panel of health experts on World Cancer Day, who present and assess the disparities in breast cancer care and treatment for women of color. Register for the discussion

Virtual Painter – Evan Struck: 5 p.m. Feb. 5. The public is invited to join live as artist Evan Struck creates a painting for PNW celebrating Black History Month. Ask questions and make requests for what you would like to see. The resulting painting will be displayed in Founder’s Plaza on the PNW Hammond Campus. Join the livestream

Black History Month Flag Display: Feb. 8-28. PNW students are invited to place a flag, provided by the university, in the display at both the Westville and  Hammond campuses. At Westville, students can pick up a flag for placement, and a keychain, inside the LSF entrance. 

— Building Community Through the Arts: Black History Month Poetry Slam: 5-7 p.m. Feb. 23. The public is invited to enjoy PNW’s annual poetry slam, this year featuring artists from New York, California, Chicago and Miami. Be part of the virtual audience and take part in the live voting. Help decide who will take the crown! Top talent from Young Chicago Authors, Get Lit and other organizations will be competing.

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