Black and African American Student Resources

Academic and Career Resource

Black Student SUCCESS Project

The research-based Black Student SUCCESS Project, launched in fall 2008, aims to increase the number of Parkland College graduates by providing African American students with personal development, career, and academic workshops, activities, and events. Faculty advisor is Donna Tanner-Harold.

Support for Workforce Training (SWFT)

Backed by a $1.5 million Illinois Workforce Equity Initiative grant received in 2019, Parkland College's new Support for Workforce Training (SWFT) Program aims to help more than 150 district residents move into high-demand careers with family-sustaining wages within a year or less. African Americans must comprise 60 percent of the population served by the SWFT program. 

Student Organizations

Black Student Association

Supports African American students at Parkland College and promotes pride and awareness of African American heritage and culture; currently inactive.

Email: BSA

Brother 2 Brother

Geared to support the college experience for Black males at Parkland College, this group helps identify the scope of African American issues as they relate to intellectual, physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness.

Email: Brother 2 Brother

Community Resources

Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, University of Illinois

The Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center at the University of Illinois provides programs and services that assist with the cultural, personal, and professional development of students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We are intentional about our work regarding the development of students within the African Diaspora, and therefore we place a special emphasis on our role in developing these students. Moreover, we eagerly collaborate with student organizations, campus departments, and community stakeholders to achieve our mission.