Wednesday, April 27, from 6:00-7:30 p.m., the Leadership and Community Engagement department co-hosted Northwestern’s first Community Engagement Celebration with Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin, the Vice President of Student Affairs. Hosted in the Norris University Center, student leaders across the campus who have worked hard for social change and their partners throughout the community gathered together for a celebration with live music, an assortment of refreshments, and speakers from Northwestern and the Evanston community.
The Director of Leadership and Community Engagement, Kelly Benkert, began the series of speakers by introducing the event and its purpose followed by Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin. She commended the student leaders in attendance and the groups they are a part of, and expressed her gratitude towards their efforts in serving their communities. Finally, she introduced Monique Brunson Jones, the President and CEO of the Evanston Community Foundation, who talked about her organization, the ways they have been able to benefit the Evanston community, and the importance of their partnership with the Northwestern community.
Students, faculty, and community members mingled throughout the evening, discussing their many projects aimed at serving the multitude of communities which make up Northwestern and Evanston. To learn more about the Leadership and Community Engagement department and their mission as part of Northwestern Student Affairs, check out their website here.