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Black Student Union wins national award

by Public Relations and Marketing | Published Aug 12, 2022

Students in College of Lake County’s (CLC) Black Student Union (BSU) had the opportunity to have their voices heard during “Our Voice is Black History: Past, Present, Future,” a special exhibition that ran last year virtually and in-person at the Bess Bower Dunn Museum in Libertyville.

Visitors viewing an exhibit at “Our Voice is Black History: Past, Present, Future"The exhibition, which ran from Feb. 6 to Oct. 24, received the 2022 National Association of County Park and Recreation Officials (NACPRO) Award in the Park & Recreation Program - Class IV category. The annual awards program recognizes and honors excellence in parks and recreation at the county, regional and special district levels.

“Our Voice is Black History” examined and explored multigenerational stories and experiences through graphic design, poetry, writing, art and video interviews that portray the voice of African Americans' past and present.

CLC students were given the chance to talk to prominent Black leaders in the Lake County community, helping them discover role models and people they can reach out to.

“Receiving national recognition lets people see that CLC is allowing its students to express themselves freely and we are helping our students to become leaders,” said African American Student Outreach and Programs Coordinator Beverly Phelps.

Jermain Hilton, a student who participated in the exhibition, said, “After hearing about the award, I felt appreciated, and that people cared about our work. With everything that was going on at the time, this felt important to us and it was our real emotions.”

About College of Lake County

College of Lake County is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves in northeastern Illinois. Offered at three campuses in Grayslake, Vernon Hills and Waukegan or online, college classes are affordable and accessible to help each student achieve academic, career and personal goals. More than 70,000 students graduated with degrees and certificates since the college opened in 1969. College of Lake County is the only higher-education institution ranked among the top 15 best places to work in Illinois by Forbes in 2019 and is a national leader in many areas, including campus internationalization, sustainability and conservation.