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Northern Iowan

The student news site of the University of Northern Iowa

Northern Iowan

Representative RasTafari I. Smith.

Black leaders in the state of Iowa

JERRELL BATES, Guest Columnist March 10, 2022

Editor’s Note: This article is from Feb. 24 2022 Black History Month: A time dedicated to the celebration of Black history, culture and excellence. According to National Geographic, the first official...

March 9, 2022 was the 52nd anniversary of the UNI Seven event.

Black History Month

Belinda Creighton-Smith, Guest Columnist March 10, 2022

My musings this Black History Month: Truly these past two years have been an arduous struggle navigating life on the  rough terrain of COVID-19. We have lost loved ones, memorialized, and buried a  multitude...

Black perspective in education

Alexandria Powell, Guest Columnist March 10, 2022

One thing that is always going to be relevant in our society is education. The more we advance, the more we need to make sure that education is inclusive for all students. While there is progress being...

Diamond Roundtree is a second year student studying Digital Media Production.

Being a Black resident assistant

DIAMOND ROUNDTREE, Staff Writer March 10, 2022

Excited, thrilled and nervous is an understatement to how I felt when I opened my acceptance letter to be a resident assistant (RA) for the University of Northern Iowa. Though I will not be returning to...

Caleb Brothers is a first-year student at UNI studying Interactive Digital Studies

White passing: A blessing and a curse

Caleb Brothers , Guest Columnist March 10, 2022

Being white passing isn’t a gift. It isn’t some kind of “special achievement” where I can just choose sides. I get caught in the divide between being white and Black. Being white passing is a blessing...

Doves mission statement is to encourage women and girls to have positive relationships with beauty and helping to raising their self esteem.

Don’t touch my crown

NKASA BOLUMBU, Staff Writer March 10, 2022

In 2019, California became the first state to pass the CROWN Act bill. This bill prohibits race-based discrimination against natural hair and was passed on July 3, 2019. The CROWN Act—Creating a Respectful...

As Black History Month came to an end, Black Student Union (BSU) made their presence known with the variety of events in February. BSU ended it with a Toast for Change, celebrating their involvement and continuing to celebrate Black excellence all year round.

Black History Month: Recap of events

ANNA STEVENS March 10, 2022

Black Student Union (BSU) packed a punch with their events this Black History Month. Many events were learning moments, and all were filled with fun. Bonding moments were held, and experiences were shared...

Cultural competency training can bring more awareness of serious issues happening to historically marginalized communities

Cultural competency should be required

Melissa Hoffman, Opinion Columnist March 10, 2022

As our world today gets more and more diverse, there is a major need for more culturally specific programs. According to the Iowa Attorney General’s reports, in the state of Iowa, we have eight culturally...

On Oct. 21, 2021, UNI Athletes, students and community members gathered for the second annual UNIty walk.

The continuation of sports protest


The Black athlete has been overlooked and underappreciated since the integration of Black players into professional sports in the mid-1900s. Black talent has brought competition, performance, and the complexity...

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