Programming

Freshman Pinning Ceremony

This ceremony welcomes first-year students into academic life at Indiana University Bloomington. It is an opportunity for students to recognize their place within the legacy of black academe at Indiana University, as well as provide an introduction to black student leaders, faculty, staff, and community members. 

Annual Fish Fry

We invite black alumni to visit the center and participate in the annual Fish Fry. This event typically takes place in September and may include a small fee for participation.

First Fridays

Designed as a themed event (Poetry Slam, Critical Topics, Game Night, etc.), this effort provides opportunities for IUB students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the Bloomington community to network and share resources. Food and fellowship are the fundamentals of First Friday, with events typically supported by a variety of campus departments and constituents.

Midday House Party

We host a monthly Mid-Day House Party as a way to provide NMBCC staff an opportunity to check in with students in a casual setting. The parties also help students and faculty build community, network, share experiences, and exchange resources. 

Student Development Seminars

Periodically during the academic year, the NMBCC hosts a series of student development seminars as an opportunity for the IUB community to come together to discuss current issues and topics relating to the black experience and beyond. These events are often produced collaboratively with various campus partners.

Black History Month

The NMBCC is host to several activities to kick off Black History Month, including discussion panels, guest lecturers, musical performances, film screenings, and other activities open to students, faculty, staff, and members of the surrounding communities.

Black Congratulatory Ceremony

The Black Congratulatory Celebration honors African and African American students who have overcome tremendous obstacles to successfully complete an undergraduate or graduate degree from Indiana University. The ceremony is representative of African and African American culture and heritage, embraces the value of community and scholarship, and culminates with a Kente Stole presentation.