Belonging

Belonging

A partnership between the City of DeKalb and Northern Illinois University.

Use the links on the left to view all the Belonging projects.

Dr. john a. powell


In October 2020, Dr. john a. powell, an internationally recognized expert in civil liberties, structural racism, housing, poverty and democracy, joined community members for a candid conversation about belonging and actions needed to create a culture of of belonging in our community. It's through this conversation that our community's Belonging initiative began.

This project was funded through a Healing Illinois Grant from the State of Illinois Department of Human Services and the DeKalb County Community Foundation in partnership with Family Service Agency, City of DeKalb, Ellwood House Museum, DeKalb County History Center, and Northern Illinois University to help cocreate a culture of belonging in our community.