Heading in the Right Direction

Heading in the Right Direction

This Sunday marked the 25th anniversary since the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a federal civil rights law that protects against employment discrimination and mandates accessible public spaces, transportation, government facilities, and telecommunication systems.

One-fifth of the U.S. population, or 56.7 million Americans, have physical or mental disabilities, and have historically fought a number of civil rights battles – from recognition as a very present and important population to challenging negative medical labels and ideas of “disability.”

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NCA Awards Record Number of Students Grants

NCA Awards Record Number of Students Grants

More than 250 Northwestern students who received grants of at least $3,000 are beginning unpaid summer internships this month as part of Northwestern Career Advancement’s Summer Internship Grant Program. This is the highest number of grants and funding awarded in the program’s nine year history.

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Class of 2014 Finding Success After Graduation

Class of 2014 Finding Success After Graduation

More than 90 percent of Northwestern University’s Class of 2014 graduates were engaged in professional pursuits six months after graduation, according to a University study.

As members of the Class of 2015 prepare for commencement, they can be encouraged that more than 60 percent of last year’s graduates were employed full time with an average starting salary of more than $52,000.

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Norris Work-Study Students Turned Norris Staff

Norris Work-Study Students Turned Norris Staff

This post is part of a series focusing on Student Affairs work-study students who became full-time Student Affairs employees. Norris Center Operations Coordinator Justin Clarke and Norris Center Operations Manager Jackie Grinvalds are featured in this post.

When it comes to his job at the Norris University Center, Justin Clarke considers himself the “jack of all trades.” Clarke, the operations coordinator at Norris, works on the center’s technology, facilities, event management, and business operations — just to name a few

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Division of Student Affairs Recognizes Spring 2015 Campus Life Awards Recipients

Division of Student Affairs Recognizes Spring 2015 Campus Life Awards Recipients

This quarter we recognized seven students, who have significantly contributed to the improvement of the quality of student life at Northwestern during the Spring quarter. These students have impacted our community through program development and implementation, bridging cultural differences, or have taken responsibility for and worked collectively with others to create a more engaged and inclusive campus community.

We would like to take a moment to recognize the accomplishments of our Spring 2015 Campus Life Award recipients.

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Creating a More Inclusive Northwestern Community

Creating a More Inclusive Northwestern Community

Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) Executive Director Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson sat down for a Q&A about upcoming changes for the office and a budding reorganization that will better serve the Northwestern community.

As of September 1, 2015, Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) and the newly created Social Justice Education (SJE) and Student Enrichment Services (SES) offices will be centralized under CIC to acknowledge and respond to a rapidly diversifying population across campus.

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Step Up on Dillo Day

Step Up on Dillo Day

For Dillo Day 2015, student group Mayfest has five standout mainstage artists lined up to make this Saturday's lakefill music festival "rain or shine" the best one yet. Along with the standard Dillo Day essentials like wristbands, fanny packs, and a positive attitude in the face of Evanston's shifty weather, students need to remember one more thing: be ready to Step Up on Dillo Day.

Step Up, a bystander intervention training program implemented at Northwestern in 2013, seeks to equip students with the power to help in a variety of situations through the one-time, 45-minute to hour-long sessions.

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SAIT Work-Study Students Turned SAIT Staff

SAIT Work-Study Students Turned SAIT Staff

This post is part of a series focusing on Student Affairs work-study students who became full-time Student Affairs employees. SAIT User Support Specialists Cameron LeCrone and Harry Seong are featured in this post. 

When Harry Seong was a junior Biology major at Northwestern, he started a work-study job at Student Affairs Information Technology. While he liked fixing computers at home, he had little knowledge on SAIT when he began the job.

He quickly started picking up skills while on the job on technology and client service.

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Take Back the Night Encourages Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention

Take Back the Night Encourages Sexual Violence Awareness and Prevention

With April being National Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Northwestern University organizations have collaborated on events focused on raising awareness on sexual violence.

This week, the Take Back the Night March will take place in an effort to give a voice to the issue of sexual violence. This annual event, which starts as a rally, march, and then speak out, will begin at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 at the Rock.

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PossePlus Retreat Creates Dialogue & Community

PossePlus Retreat Creates Dialogue & Community

This spring, more than 5,000 college students at 48 colleges and universities across the country will engage in dialogue about crime and punishment in the United States.

Northwestern University became a part of this dialogue at this year’s annual PossePlus Retreat, a weekend of interactive workshops geared towards creating a safe space to discuss social, cultural, and political issues.

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The Chemistry of Cooking

The Chemistry of Cooking

Medill sophomore Sierra Boone donned a chef’s toque, served up small plates of fried chicken and German waffles with maple syrup gravy, and smiled as she successfully completed a Natural Science distribution requirement.

Chemistry of Cooking, a weekly, three-hour Allison Residential Community seminar taught by Chemistry Associate Professor of Instruction Owen Priest, had its delicious finale and final exam in the Allison main lounge the evening of March 7.

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New IFC President Talks Greek Community Goals

New IFC President Talks Greek Community Goals

Mark Nelson, the new Interfraternity Council President, talked about the ways in which the Greek community provides a real sense of home on campus and his goal of increasing chapter’s connections to each other and the rest of the NU community at the Officer Installation Ceremony on Feb. 5.

Nelson talked about the night he found out he was accepted to Northwestern by Early Decision as he checked his emails as usual before bed: “I listened to Kevin Rudolph’s “I Made It,” did a horrifically awkward dance, and then went downstairs to watch a movie with my parents. I didn’t post anything on Facebook, nor did I tell my parents.

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Night at the Museum

Night at the Museum

Mark your calendar for the next Northwestern Night at the Art Institute on Thursday, February 26! 

All Northwestern students, faculty, and staff (with a valid Wildcard) and as many guests as they like are welcome with free admission to the Art Institute after 5:00 PM when they enter at the Modern Wing (north side entrance on Monroe St.) of the museum.

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Introducing Your 2015 NUDM Emcees

Introducing Your 2015 NUDM Emcees

Hi! Our names are Cristina Garcia-Montes and Diego Henriquez-Garcia, and we are the NUDM Emcees this year! We are extremely excited to work with Starlight Children's Foundation and the Evanston Community Foundation in their missions to help the communities around us. Starlight, our primary beneficiary, is an amazing organization that helps chronically ill children live better lives.

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"You Are Beautiful" Arch Celebrates NU Body Acceptance Week 2015

"You Are Beautiful" Arch Celebrates NU Body Acceptance Week 2015

This week, a gray arch on Library Plaza proclaiming “You Are Beautiful” in bold, black letters will remind the Northwestern community of one of the essential messages of Northwestern’s Body Acceptance Week (BAW) 2015.

The art installation, created by Chicago artist Matthew Hoffman, kicks off the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)-sponsored week of workshops focusing on positive body image, nurturing yourself with healthful food and exercise, and raising awareness on media messages about body standards.

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Performing Arts Students Receive Valuable Career Advice from Professionals

Performing Arts Students Receive Valuable Career Advice from Professionals

Bienen freshman Noah Becker and School of Communication sophomore Sam Shankman learned why you shouldn’t skip the many networking events Northwestern offers—if you go, you’ll come away motivated, informed, and better prepared for your career pursuits.

Six students from Jones Residential College for Fine and Performing Arts and one student from the Communications Residential College sat down with NU alumni at Adventure Stage Chicago and Lookingglass Theatre during a Dec. 5 Theatre Trek to get career advice.

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Why I Became an Off-Campus Ambassador

Why I Became an Off-Campus Ambassador

I moved off campus my sophomore year, and while I'm glad I did, there were definitely things I wish I had known before moving all of my furniture, clothes, and dishes up those three flights of stairs to apartment A3. We called it "The Menagerie", and what a fitting title. Our apartment was a bit of a zoo—a classy zoo—but a zoo nonetheless.

I didn't think about discussing rules and chores with any of my future roommates before signing the lease. We talked about rent and bills, who would pay what and who was in charge, but we never got around to discussing our ideal living situation.

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Northwestern Celebrates Black History Month

Northwestern Celebrates Black History Month

When I was younger my family and I were a part of a community of Black families in Milwaukee. Every few months we would go on camping trips together to bond with one another. We had meetings where we learned about our history, culture, traditions, and important life skills in relation to those things. In my high school history class, we learned a more accurate and whole-sided lesson about the Civil Rights Movement that didn’t just teach about Martin Luther King Jr and Rosa Parks. When I came to Northwestern, I realized the majority of people did not have that same privilege growing up. It is rare in this society that we have the chance to explore, learn, and discuss our culture and history, and what it all means for Black people today.

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Senior Woman's Service Award from the Alumnae of Northwestern University

Senior Woman's Service Award from the Alumnae of Northwestern University

The Alumnae of Northwestern University has begun its annual search for a female, senior candidate who displays collaboration, initiative, innovation, inspiration and leadership in the community to present the $2,500 Senior Woman’s Service Award.

With volunteerism a motivating factor behind The Alumnae of Northwestern University, the idea of honoring a senior woman who has made a noteworthy volunteer contribution as part of the University community was proposed by the Alumnae Board in 2001. Each year since then, undergraduate senior women have submitted their resumes to the Center for Student Involvement (CSI), to be reviewed by a committee of the Alumnae Board for consideration.

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Doing my PArt to Welcome Wildcats

Doing my PArt to Welcome Wildcats

I hate asking for help.

I, like many Northwestern students, have always prided myself on my independence, for better or worse. I taught myself how to ride a bike, sans training wheels, and refused Band-Aids for the numerous cuts or scrapes incurred from my less-than-coordinated riding. I survived without any help and thus, my adolescent mantra was born

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