Unity Hub: Office of African American Initiatives

A student in a black "PNW" sweatshirt sits at a table and smiles.The Unity Hub is committed to fostering an inclusive, empowering and culturally rich environment.

Our mission is to promote academic excellence, cultivate leadership and enhance the overall experience for students through strategic programs, community engagement and meaningful partnerships.

Together, we strive to build a unified, supportive network that ensures that every student reaches their full potential while encouraging a sense of belonging and pride.

Helpful Resources

PNW offers a variety of tools to support students throughout college. Whether you need academic help or want to get involved on campus, we have the necessary resources!

My favorite way to get involved on campus is through mentoring newer students, giving insights and providing perspective. I typically do this through NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers).

Joshua Grady, Computer Engineering, ’25

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Meet Our Director

Darien Thompson

Darien Thompson

Director of Student Success and Urban Engagement


(219) 989-2743

Hammond, Lawshe 226

Upcoming Unity Hub Events

Feb 22

NSBE and Unity Hub Black Jeopardy Night

Join the National Society of Black Engineers and the Unity Hub for a fun night to unwind, enjoy some food and learn about black culture and black history!

Feb 24

Toast to Black Excellence

Join us for a Toast to Black Excellence and a celebration of Black Joy.

Feb 26

Soulful Cinema: A Black Love Movie Night

Come celebrate Black love with a movie night!

Feb 27

Black History Month: Afro-Latina Performance

Come out to an unforgettable rhythm and heritage as we welcome Afro-Latino duo, Caudia La Gitana and Yendrys Cespedes to campus!

Unity Hub Annual Events

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations

PNW invites the community to celebrate diversity, inclusion and Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy through community conversations and days of service.

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Black History Month

Our Black History Month events combine food, fun, and music while recognizing the essential impact of Black history, accomplishments and culture.


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Celebrate Freedom Day with PNW! Our annual celebrations include amazing food, learning, fun and music.