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Black History Month 2020

"The Black Experience": Historical achievements of African Americans observed through February

"The Black Experience" is the theme of Black History Month 2020 observances at Parkland College.

The school will celebrate the historical achievements of African Americans with events including faculty lectures, student presentations, and a popular soul food luncheon. 

The public is invited to participate in the following events, unless otherwise noted.


"Black Queens Rock: Unapologetically Black"
Celebration Luncheon
Monday, Feb. 3
noon–2 p.m.
Academic success coaches Jessica Jackson and Melanie Whited host this celebration of Black women students and staff at Parkland College; RSVP only.

Behind the Camera: Notes on a Historic Shift in Film Industry
Tuesday, Feb. 4
noon–1 p.m., Room U140
Dr. Marietta Turner, dean of students, will discuss African-Americans and their contributions to the cinema industry over the years; part of the Student Life Dine and Discuss series.

Black Student Success Project: Black Male/Female Relationships, Part I
Wednesday, Feb. 5
1–2 p.m., Room U140
This in-depth discussion of important topics in the African American community is a popular one with Parkland College students. Facilitated by Donna Tanner-Harold.

23 and We: Genetic Culture Testing and Cultural Identity
Thursday, Feb. 6
noon–1 p.m., Room U140
Dr. Joe Walwik, chair of Social Sciences and Human Services, leads the discussion of how genetic testing can be linked to culture identity. The participants are African-Americans who have participated in genetic testing.

Chair Massages 
Friday, February 7 
11 a.m.–Noon, Room U140
As part of our Wellness activities series for Black History Month, students will be able to receive massages from Parkland College Message therapy students and Program Director Tamala Everett.

It’s A WRAP: How I Started My Business
Tuesday, Feb. 11
noon–1:30 p.m., Room T117
Parkland College alum Jordan Butts will discuss how he started his car-detailing business.

Culturally Informed: Mental Health Practices
Tuesday, Feb. 11
1–1:30 p.m., Room u142
Counselor Marya Burke will present on mental health practices and how they relate to African Americans.

History of and Opportunities for Black Professionals in Dentistry
Wednesday, Feb. 12
noon–1 p.m., Room U140
Health Professions faculty Andre Townsend, DDS, will highlight the history and tremendous contributions of African Americans to the field of dentistry. 

From Stress to Self-Care
Thursday, February 13
1–2 p.m., room U140
As part of our Wellness activities for Black History Month, students will get self-care tips on how to deal with stress. Presented by Alexus Hasler 

Black History Month Luncheon
Friday, Feb. 14
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., Student Union cafeteria
Sample an array of foods from traditionally Southern African American cuisine. Luncheon tickets may be requested via email to

African-American Housing at the University of Illinois
Tuesday, Feb. 18
noon–1 p.m., Room U140
Jessica Ballard, visiting assistant professor/Archives resident at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the history of housing for African Americans at the University of Illinois. This is  part of the Dine and Discuss series. 

Black Student Success Project: Black Male/Female Relationships, Part II
Wednesday, Feb. 19
1–2 p.m., Room U140
This in-depth discussion of important topics in the African American community is a popular one with Parkland College students. Facilitated by Donna Tanner-Harold.

Black Muslims in the United States
Thursday, Feb. 20
10–11 a.m., Room U140
Sociology Professor Evelyn Reynolds' presentation will explore the intersection of African Americans and the Muslim faith.

Mindfulness Mediation
Friday, February 21
1 p.m., room U140
As part of our Wellness activities series for Black History Month, students will be able to participate in mediation with Parkland College Wellness Coordinator Sara Maxwell.

Malcolm or Martin
Monday, Feb. 24
10–11 a.m., Room U140
Political Science Professor Dr. Willie Fowler will explore the two iconic civil rights leaders and their differentiation in philosophies and approaches.

Nigeria’s Giants: Burna Boy, Binti and……..Beyonce?
Tuesday, Feb. 25
noon–1 p.m., Room U140
This presentation will highlight the amazing creativity exploding out of the literary, arts, and music scene in Nigeria right now. Come hear about some great Afropop artists and Afrofuturist writers, from Literature Program Director Amber Landis.

Student Expression: Student Performances Featuring Spoken Word
Wednesday, Feb. 26
11 a.m.–1 p.m., Student Union cafeteria stage
Hosted by Jessica Jackson, Melanie Whited, and Tanino Minneci, the event features Parkland College students expressing themselves via spoken word, song, and other forms of entertainment.



Dean's List for Fall 2019 Announced

More than 875 added to scholastic honorary list

To honor their outstanding scholastic achievement, approximately 875 students have been named to the Parkland College Dean's List for Fall 2019. To make the list, students must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 grade scale for the semester in which they are being honored. Students who earn less than 12 hours in that semester can make the dean's list by achieving a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 12 or more hours during an academic year.

To view the full dean's list, visit

Food Repack Scheduled for MLK National Day of Service

Public invited to help repack oats, spices for those in need

Parkland College faculty, staff, students, and their families will step up to serve as volunteers on the 25th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Volunteers will help repack food for the Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College, joining Americans across the country in volunteer service.
WHAT:    Food repack for Wesley Food Pantry at Parkland College
WHO:      Parkland students, faculty, staff and their families
WHERE:   X-Wing vending lounge, Parkland College
WHEN:    January 20, 2020, 10 am to noon
DETAILS: The Center for Community Engagement at Parkland College has planned a day of service that will leverage the strength of local citizens to help tackle local problems and advance Dr. King's dream of opportunity for all. Parkland College employees will join with the Wesley Food Pantry to repack oats and create a spice mix for the campus-based pantry. Wesley Food Pantry in Urbana aims to alleviate food insecurity in Champaign and Urbana by providing families with a week's worth of nutritious groceries. Its satellite pantry at Parkland was launched in December 2013.

The annual MLK Day of Service honors Dr. King’s legacy and is an opportunity for Americans to renew their own personal vows of citizenship through service to others and engage in conversations to advance community goals.The Corporation for National and Community Service is the federal agency leading the annual day of service, working with thousands of nonprofit groups, faith-based organizations, schools, and businesses nationwide. For further information about the MLK Day of Service and what’s taking place across the country, visit

The Center for Community Engagement supports and promotes the active engagement of Parkland College's students, faculty, and staff in partnership with the communities of Illinois Community College District 505. In collaboration with the community-based organizations of District 505, and through such co-curricular forms of community engagement as service-learning and volunteerism, the Center for Community Engagement will not only support Parkland College's commitment to "engage the community in learning," but also help fulfill our commitment to value "active citizenship."

Recreational Cannabis Legalization: Information Session

Student services officials to discuss new law, its impact on students

The legalization of recreational cannabis in Illinois will be the topic of an information session at Parkland College later this month.

The session, "New Legalization of Recreational Marijuana: Laws and Restrictions," will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Union cafeteria.

Parkland College's Student Life, Public Safety, and Dean of Students' offices, as well as the Parkland College Black Student Success Project student group, are hosting this event. Parkland Police Chief William Colbrook and Dean of Students Dr. Marietta Turner will provide an overview of the law, discuss how it might impact students, and provide other vital information. 

The session is open to the public. 

Spring Enrollment Blitz: Help with Registration

Sign up for classes with one-stop help: Admissions, Financial Aid, Counseling, more 

Parkland College's Student Services offices are offering the community a week of one-stop help with enrolling in spring semester classes.

Spring Enrollment Blitz 2020 runs Jan. 6–10, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the second-floor "bridge" of the Student Union. Since Parkland College Spring Semester 2020 classes begin Monday, Jan. 13, the event is especially useful for those who have steps yet to complete in their enrollment. 

During Enrollment Blitz, new and returning students can receive one-stop service from the college's Admissions and Records, Financial Aid and Veteran Services, Assessment Center and Counseling Services offices. Students receive assistance with such enrollment steps as completing applications for admission or financial aid; determining course placement for English, reading and math; attending a new student orientation; and registering for courses. 

For more information on this event, contact Admissions and Records at 217/351-2482 or