As part of Black History Month, the Diversity Team and student activities sponsors radio host, model and actress Nadia Valentine as she presents “The Black Elephant in the Room: Growing Up as a Person of Color in the Illinois Valley” from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in Room CTC124-125. This event is free and open to the public.

Valentine is a morning radio host on one of the top stations in Des Moines, Iowa. She grew up in La Salle and attended L-P High School. Upon graduation, she started school at Drake University in Des Moines.

She studied broadcast news with a minor in sociology and graduated in 2017. She has since stayed in Des Moines. In addition to working two jobs, she acts and models on the side. She loves dogs more than most people and will go out of her way to pet them any chance she gets.