Welcome to the Center for Black Studies (CBS) at Northern Illinois University. The CBS plays a significant, essential and unique role in advocating for Black students at NIU, the larger DeKalb community, and the university’s commitment to multiculturalism and diversity. Established in 1971, the CBS supports the university’s mission of excellence and engagement in teaching, learning, research, scholarship, creativity, artistry and service.
NIU is also the national headquarters of the Association for Black Culture Centers. The ABCC is the only national organization whose primary focuses are African American, Latino, Asian American and Native American centers, as well as multiculture centers and related offices.