Black House Listening Sessions Begin October 14

A series of four Listening Sessions will begin Wednesday, October 14, for Northwestern students, staff, faculty, and alumni to give feedback on the proposal for Campus Inclusion & Community to move two of its offices into the Black House. A committee of Northwestern students, faculty, and alumni is charged with providing recommendations on the purpose and use of the Black House.

Members of the Northwestern community are welcome to attend any of the four sessions, and will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes to share their concerns and ideas before their peers and the Black House Facilities Review Committee. A brief presentation will be given by staff to provide overall context. Dr. Jamie Washington, president and founder of The Washington Consulting Group and a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, will moderate the open dialogue.

Listening Session Schedule

  • Session 1: October 14, 12:00–1:30 p.m., Parkes Hall 122
  • Session 2: October 14, 6:00–7:30 p.m., Parkes Hall 122
  • Session 3: November 16, 12:00–1:30 p.m., Norris Center, Wildcat Room (101)
  • Session 4: November 20, 5:00–6:30 p.m., Scott Hall, Guild Lounge


These Listening Sessions will focus on the audience’s contributions, stories, and opinions, providing additional information to move forward with the space in the Black House.

The Black House Facilities Review Committee will use the information at all four sessions and the online form to present recommendations. The recommendations will not be the conclusion or final decision, but give a strong sense of how they might move forward.

In order to participate in all parts of the dialogue, attending at least one Listening Session is best. For community members who cannot attend the events in person or would like to share their feedback, an online form is available through the end of November. The listening sessions will also be streamed online, and a live viewing will take place at the Black House during all four Listening Sessions.

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each session. Seating is limited. 

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