Black and African American Student Resources

"You are a light. You are the light. Never let anyone -- any person or any force -- dampen or diminish your light. Study the path of others to make your way easier and more abundant."听 ~John Lewis, U.S. Congressman and civil rights activist

Academic and Career Resources


TRiO Student Support Services at Parkland 好色tv promotes equal opportunity to succeed by providing high-quality and responsive support services for first-generation college students, low-income students, and students with disabilities.

Support for Workforce Training (SWFT)

Parkland 好色tv's听Support for听Workforce Training (SWFT)听program helps in-district residents move into high-demand careers with family-sustaining wages within a year or less. SWFT was founded with the support of the Illinois Workforce Equity Initiative grant. We strive to close the career gap by assisting African American residents in advancing their academic and professional careers.

Career Services

Whether you are a student choosing a college major or are鈥痑 dislocated worker, career changer, or retiree, we have听career resources and services听designed to assist you.听


  • Parkland Scholarships
    Parkland offers a wide variety of merit-based, need-based, and identity-based scholarships. Search the list of听听which accept applications each fall and spring.

  • Best 好色tvs maintains a听听for Black and African American听college students.听

Engagement and Mental Health Resources


Student Life maintains a list of听student organizations听that are currently active, as well as ones that have existed in the past but have become inactive. If you do not find one that meets your interests, contact Student Life for information on starting a new one.

Black Student Association

This club serves to provide students with a community, a safe space, and the opportunity to create change, while empowering, teaching, discussing, and exploring the Black experience. BSA serves as a liaison between students of African descent and the administration and the campus population.

Advisors: Ashanti Lumpkin (; Marietta Turner (

President: Lauren Mobo (

Treasurer: Emanuel Peralta (

Meeting: Tuesdays @ 2 pm in U111

Counseling Support Center

Our听Counseling Support Center听offers counseling services, workshops, peer mentoring, and more.

Parkland is part of听, an anonymous mental health peer support network, available to听you 24/7. The TalkCampus听platform combines intuitive听design,听clinical excellence, world-class technology and global support to听over 250 institutions and millions of students worldwide. Available in 26 languages.

Parkland Events

Black History Month

Each year Parkland 好色tv celebrates the historical achievements of African Americans with a听month-long series of events听including faculty lectures, student presentations, and a popular soul food luncheon. The public is invited to participate.

Community Resources

Community Resources

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Each year, the cities of Champaign and Urbana come together with Champaign County, the Village of Rantoul, Parkland 好色tv, and the University of Illinois to host a  honoring the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Parkland 好色tv is a member of the , which was created with the vision to provide a network of organizations and stakeholders that improve the lives of youth and their families resulting in youth who are empowered and safe, to promote effective law enforcement and positive police-community relations, and to support greater knowledge/use of the resources available.


The  serves the people of Champaign County. Our primary focus is to provide programs and services that promote and enhance civil and equal rights, political empowerment, educational excellence, economic development, and outreach, i.e. health, youth, etc. The Champaign County Branch strives to ensure equal access to all rights, privileges and resources that contribute to the quality of life for the people it serves. The strength of our branch lies with the history of the organization and its membership. The Champaign County Branch is committed to building an organization that is trusted, respected, and considered an effective resource for the Champaign County community. The overall goal of the branch is to improve the quality of life for the people it serves.

 provides a network of programs and support services promoting the individual, social, cultural and academic well-being of Illinois' African American students.   

National Resources

National Resources



 serves to provide students a community, brave space, and the opportunity to create change. They are working towards a future of diversity, equity and inclusion in education.


The  is a dynamic program of the Children's Defense Fund, designed to nurture the next generation of Black servant leaders. It provides financial support, training resources, and community engagement/building opportunities to college-aged organizers, equipping them to become advocates for justice, equity, opportunity, and well-being on their campuses and in their local communities.

A  detailing general resources from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, including resources specific to the Black community.

BMHA-Logo.png The mission of the is to develop, promote and sponsor trusted culturally-relevant educational forums, trainings and referral services that support the health and well-being of Black people and their communities.