The New Director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University

flynn-genaGena Flynn is the new director of the Center for Black Studies at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. She was director of academic support at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. From 2007 to 2014, Dr. Flynn served on the staff at Columbia College in Chicago.

In accepting the appointment, Dr. Flynn said, “as the director, the ability to develop new initiatives, is exciting. I look forward to building relationships across campus that support student success and faculty scholarship. There are many issues affecting the Black diaspora that deserve attention, and there is no better space to explore, study and dialogue than at the center.”

Dr. Flynn is a graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, where she majored in African American studies and political science. She holds a master’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan and an educational doctorate from Vanderbilt University.


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