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Our Principles

The programming and initiatives of the African and African American Student Resources are diverse in nature and include conferences, workshops, speaker series, mentoring, personal and academic guidance and many other activities, all of which revolve around the following principles:

  •  Advocacy
  •  Academic Success
  •  Social Enrichment
  •  Leadership Development
  •  Cultural Awareness
  •  Community Engagement

“Education is all a matter of building bridges.” Ralph Ellison

The African and African American Student Resources supports the core values of diversity and multiculturalism in the mission of Northeastern Illinois University and the Pedroso Center’s commitment to social justice through the support of African and African American students, faculty, staff, alumni and other interested members of the Northeastern community. The Resource Center was developed to:

Promote the engagement and integration of African and African American communities and cultures into all aspects of Northeastern.

Foster a welcoming environment and sense of belonging in the university community for people of African descent

Explore, celebrate and strengthen identity, unity and a sense of pride and dignity based on one’s rightful cultural heritage.

Educate the university community regarding the needs and contributions of Africans and African Americans in an effort to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of human difference.

For more information on the African/African American Student Resources please either visit our office (B-159) or contact our staff at

Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs

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