Blackhawk Diversity Week Features Events Open to the Public

April 2, 2024


Blackhawk’s Student Government Association is hosting its annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Week, featuring a series of events aimed at fostering dialogue, understanding and empowerment from April 15 to April 19.

Monday, April 15: Women in Leadership

Panelists Aimee Thurner, executive director of the Greater Beloit Chamber of Commerce; Mary Kaufman, a small business specialist for US Bank in Freeport; Paquita Purnell, owner of Blessed Divine Creations in Janesville; Nommo Donald, Vice President of Beloit Health System; and Alicia Acker, Career Services and Leadership Coordinator at Blackhawk Technical College, will answer questions about leadership, celebrating the contributions of women in the community and offering an opportunity to learn from their experiences. This event will be held from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Central Campus. Lunch will be provided.

Tuesday, April 16: CARE Conference: The Keys to Confidence, Resilience, and Unstoppable Growth

Guest Speaker Julie Menden, author of “Peak Performance: Mindset Tools for Leaders,” will host a conversation about how to activate your mindset to work for you and how to achieve success in your life and career. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Blackhawk Room at Central Campus. Lunch is provided, and advanced registration is required.

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Thursday, April 18: Safe Zone Training

Family Services of Beloit will host a Safe Zone training from 10 a.m. to noon in the Multi-Purpose Room at Central Campus. Sponsored by Blackhawk’s Multi-Cultural Alliance, the training will provide a safe space for conversations about sexuality, gender and LGBTZ+ education. A lunch and networking opportunity will be held following the training from 12-1:30 p.m.

Friday, April 19: Dream Chasers

Sponsored By Men of Color, Honor & Ambition (MOCHA), the annual Dream Chasers event at Blackhawk will feature keynote speaker Darryl Bellamy, Jr. The event is open to male high school and college students of color and will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Conference Center at Central Campus. For more information, contact Linda Fair at or (608) 757-6967.
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