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New for fall 2020, the Nia Black Scholar Living-Learning Community offers a residential experience for students with a shared interest in centering Black people and people of the African diaspora. Nia allows students to build strong community, explore racial identity and understand what it means to be Black and African American in Oregon and at Oregon State University. Nia, one of seven Nguzo Saba, Kwanzaa principles, means “to make our collective vocation the building and development of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness."
In fall, the Nia LLC cohort has the opportunity to take Ethnic Studies 223, Survey of African American Studies. During winter term, Ethnic Studies 101 will be offered for both Nia and munk-skukum LLC community members.
There are many opportunities to connect with the Black community on campus. The Lonnie B. Harris Black Cultural Center has programs like Black Connect that connects students with Black faculty on the first day of school in Fall term. There are also large programs like Pre-Kwanza, Black Excellence Celebration and Juneteenth that celebrate the Black experience.
The Educational Opportunities Program and Black Student Access and Success Initiative helps to make a large campus feel small and accessible by connecting students to resources that support their academic, cultural and professional development. Courses from Ethnic Studies will help students explore the African American experience while creating meaningful interactions with faculty of color.