Northwestern University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Winter Quarter 2017 e-communication
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Black House Feasibility Charrette

Student Affairs is hosting a series of charrettes to continue the conversation about The Black House:

  • February 7 – 11.00am-1pm – Norris Armadillo Room
  • February 7 – 5:00pm-7:00pm – Performance Hall (2122 Sheridan)
  • February 8 – 11am-1pm – Guild Lounge (Scott Hall)
  • February 8 – 5:00pm-7pm – Guild Lounge (Scott Hall)

A charrette is an intensive group-oriented planning session that allows participants to collaborate on a vision for a project. Participants will prioritize important spaces and have the opportunity to move spaces/services around inside a model or design – all with the goal of determining what is resonating with the key stakeholders of a project. The architects will then take feedback from these processes and develop a full conceptual design.

RSVP is required by Sunday, February 5 to participate in a charrette. You can RSVP here:​.

For additional information or questions, please contact Julie Payne-Kirchmeier at or Lesley-Ann Brown at

Underrepresented Minority Faculty
Professional Travel Grants

The Office of the Provost has recently established the Underrepresented Minority Faculty Professional Travel Grant program which provides matching funds for schools' support of their underrepresented minority faculty members' scholarly and creative work and their professional development opportunities. Click here for more information.

Sign up for the Feinberg School of Medicine
LGBT OutList and LGBT AllyList

The OutList and AllyList are voluntary and public webpages. These lists serve to demonstrate the strength of the LGBT and ally communities at the Feinberg School of Medicine. Click here for more info.

Apply to Speak at the 2017 Urban American Indian Education Conference
Applications are now open to be a speaker at the Urban American Indian Education Conference on April 1st! This year's theme is: Chicago American Indian Urban Education: Past, Present & Future
Apply Today
Inaugural Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity
Awards and Grants Announced

Congratulations to the 2017 Recipients!
Awards for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity

E. Patrick Johnson

Chair of African American Studies, WCAS, and Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies, School of Communication

E. Patrick Johnson, chair of African-American Studies in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences  and Carloa Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies in the School of Communication, is recognized for his tireless work in building an interdisciplinary research, practice and community-focused Black Arts Initiative at Northwestern. 

Loren Ghiglione

Professor, Journalism, Medill

Loren Ghiglione, professor in the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications, is recognized for his outstanding and ongoing work to illuminate and support the Native American population on campus. That includes his leadership of the 2015-16 One Book One Northwestern steering group and the 2016-17 Native American and Indigenous Peoples Steering Group, his successful efforts to recruit Native American faculty and his engagement of these issues with undergraduate students. 

Provost Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity

2017 Grant Recipients

  • Nanette Benbow, Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine; Hector Carrillo, Associate Professor, Sociology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Carlos Gallo, Research Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Latino Health: Latino Paradox Revisited, to develop an innovative, research-based and cross-disciplinary approach to addressing Latino health issues.
  •  Galen Bodenhausen, Professor, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Marcia Grabowecky,Research Associate Professor, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Vijay Mittal, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Onnie Rogers, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for One Book, Many Psychologies: Reading Diversity Science Together, a program that develops faculty and student workshops and other programming around a common text related to diversity in the field of psychology.
  • Aymar Jean Christian, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, School of Communication – for Open TV: Research and Development of Queer Television, a Chicago-based platform for television by queer, trans, cis-women and artists of color investigating what practices might sustain independent and community-based art in the digital age.
  •  Laura DeMarco, Professor, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Ezra Getzler, Professor, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; Paul Goerss, Professor and Chair, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences; and Bryna Kra, Professor, Mathematics, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences – for Graduate Research Opportunities for Women in Mathematics (GROW), an NSF-funded national pipeline program for female undergraduate students interested in the field of mathematics.
  •  Michael Fleming, Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Science Immersion Program (SIP), a graduate student pipeline program with Chicago State University.
  •  Francesca Gaiba, Associate Director, Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing and Research Associate Professor, Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine– for funding to expand the impact of the 2017 National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice.
  •  Khalilah Gates, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine; and Teresa Mastin, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Feinberg School of Medicine – for FSM Mentoring Circles for URM Students, a 2-year mentoring program for URM pre-med undergraduate and FSM students.
  •  Mei-Ling Hopgood, Clinical Associate Professor, Journalism, Medill School of Journalism – for Diversifying Our Teaching and Our Teachers at Medill, to augment Medill’s training of diversity and inclusion pedagogical methods and recruitment of minority faculty members.
  •  Regina Logan, Research Assistant Professor, School of Education and Social Policy – for Towards a Pedagogy of Equity and Inclusion: Dialogic Processes in the Classroom, a program to deepen faculty training in the Intergroup Dialogue method.
  •  LaTasha Nelson, Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Feinberg School of Medicine – for Alabama State University – Northwestern University: Pathway to Diversity, for an innovative mentorship pairing program.
  • Teresa Woodruff, Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director, Women’s Health Research Institute, Feinberg School of Medicine – for 2 X Chromosomes in Academic (2XA) Workshops, a community building and networking program for all female students, post-docs, faculty and staff in all STEM and STEM-related fields at Northwestern.
  • Marcelo Worsley, Assistant Professor, Learning Sciences, School of Education and Social Policy and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, McCormick School of Engineering; Anne Marie Piper, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, School of Communication; and Liz Gerber, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, McCormick School of Engineering and Communication Studies, School of Communication– for Making and Inclusivity, a seminar-lab format class to develop functional prototypes for/with people with disabilities.
Read more in the University press release.
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion recognizes recently departed, valued partners Penny Warren, The Graduate School, and Kristen Salomon, Medill and extends best wishes as they pursue new endeavors.

We would also like to welcome Michelle Jackson as the Director of Diversity Education and Outreach at the Pritzker School of Law. Please join us in welcoming Michelle to Northwestern!
Around Campus
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration
MLK Commemoration at Northwestern 2017
Northwestern University MLK Commemoration 2017

Northwestern celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. January 13th through January 28th, 2017. Read more about programming highlights

Black History Month
During Black History Month the Northwestern community highlights African and African American culture through a variety of events, including guest speakers, panel discussions, films, social gatherings, theatrical performances and literary forums, just to name a few.
Office Spotlight:
Social Justice Education
Social Justice Education (SJE) creates co-curricular educational opportunities in partnership with our student community that foster self-exploration, facilitate conversations across difference, and support actions that create social change on campus. SJE provides opportunities to learn more about social justice through trainings and workshops relating to inclusion, social justice key concepts, social identity and group dynamics, bystander intervention, and intersectionality. Request a workshop for your student group or organization at We would love to have you follow us on Facebook and Instagram or join our list serve by emailing to stay connected with us!
Winter Quarter Programming
Journey Through an Indigenous Archive – Robert Sullivan
February 2, 2017 | 5:30pm
Harris Hall 108 | 1881 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL
This talk will explore access, descendants’ rights, and obligation to ancestral knowledge and narratives

Hidden Figures Book and Film Discussion
February 3, 2017 | 12-1pm
Come discuss Hidden Figures with colleagues and classmates! Did you read the book, see the movie, or both? Bring a lunch and chat with us about the work itself and the impact these women made on America during the Space Race - and the impact the book and film about them made on America today. RSVPs appreciated at

Miriam Perry (BAI Brown Bag Lunch Series)
February 3, 2017 | 12:00pm
Kresge 1515 | 1880 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL
“Old Folks at Home: Nostalgia, Black Ancestors and the American South in the Films of Tyler Perry.” RSVP recommended:

An Afternoon of Conversation and Music with Anthony Ramos
February 3, 2017 | 2-3:30pm
Lutkin Hall | 700 University Place, Evanston, IL
Anthony Ramos, original cast member of Hamilton.

Film Series: "The Gay Left": Homosexuality in the Era of Late Socialism
Various dates: Feb 3-March 3, 2017 | 7:00pm
Block Cinema | 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
In an East Berlin gay bar in 1989, an old man explains his commitment to the communist party’s project of equality after World War II: “We stopped mankind’s exploitation by mankind. Now it does not matter if the person you work with is a Jew or whatever. Except gays. They were forgotten somehow.” Including work from both sides of the Iron Curtain, “The Gay Left” brings multiple perspectives and historical moments into conversation in order to fight against forgetting. Contact: Lindsay Bosch

If You Remember, I'll Remember
February 4-June 18, 2017
Block Museum of Art | 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
"If You Remember, I’ll Remember" is an invitation to reflect on the past while contemplating the present through works of art exploring themes of love, mourning, war, relocation, internment, resistance, and civil rights in 19th and 20th century North America. This exhibition includes works by artists Kristine Aono (b. 1960), Shan Goshorn (b. 1957), Samantha Hill (b. 1974), McCallum & Tarry (active 1998-2013), Dario Robleto (b. 1972), and Marie Watt (b. 1967). Contact: Lindsay Bosch

Marcus Gardley (BAI Brown Bag Lunch Series)
February 6, 2017 | 5:00pm
Kresge 1515 | 1880 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL
First came Shade then Reading: A meditation on the divine in black LGBT literature, culture, and history. RSVP recommended:

Politics + Social Activism in Evanston
February 6, 2017 | 5-6:30pm
University Hall 122 | 1897 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL
Come learn about Evanston's political landscape, pressing issues, and upcoming elections from community organizer Cicely Fleming.
Community Dialogue
Monday, February 6, 2017 | 5:30-7pm
Allison Dining Hall | Shepard Private Dining Room
Topic: The Student Experience: What We Heard and Where We Are
NoDAPL and the Future of Indigenous Organizing
February 7, 2017 | 7:00pm
Harris Hall 108 | 1881 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL
Resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) stands out as both unparalleled and centuries old. This panel will examine various dimensions of the NoDAPL movement to defend environmental and indigenous rights.

Equity Sewing Circle with Artist Marie Watt
February 8, 2017 | 6:00pm
THE GYM | 640 Lincoln Street, Evanston, IL
Seneca artist Marie Watt makes many of her pieces with community participation, notably in “sewing circles”. No sewing experience is required and all ages are welcome. Come lend your hands and your voice to the exchange. Co-hosted by Northwestern’s Native American and Indigenous Peoples Steering Group, NAISA, CINAS, Multicultural Student Affairs, the office of Neighborhood and Community Relations, and The Block Museum, with Marie Watt.

History and Memory [Film]
February 9, 2017 | 7:00pm
Block Cinema | 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
In conjunction with the exhibition "If You Remember, I’ll Remember," curator Janet Dees will introduce two videos by artist Rea Tajiri that highlight very personal experiences of the internment of Japanese Americans during Word War II—History and Memory (1991) and Yuri Kochiyama: Passion for Justice (1994)

The Crisis in Black Chicago: A Solutions Forum
February 10, 2017 | 10am-1pm
Scott Hall, Room 212 | 601 University Place, Evanston, IL
An open dialogue on how the Northwestern community can help. Sponsored by the Department of Political Science. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP

NU-A5 Lunar New Year Celebrations 2017
February 11, 2017 | Time: Based on location
Chicago, IL and San Francisco, CA
Happy Lunar New Year 2017! Northwestern Asian and Asian American Alumni Club is pleased to host a Lunar New Year celebration. You are cordially invited to celebrate the year of the Rooster with dim sum. Contact: Bao Li, President, NU-A5

Steven Paul Judd Workshop
February 15, 2017 | 7:00pm
Norris Wildcat Room 101 | 1999 Campus Dr, Evanston, IL
Steven Paul Judd is a Kiowa and Choctaw filmmaker, writer, and painter. He is a master at combining Native experiences and disposable American pop culture. This painting workshop will combine Native American experiences with pop culture and be an exercise in collaborative, cross-cultural art. Please RSVP to

Day of Remembrance 75th Anniversary
February 18, 2017 | 2:00pm
Block Museum of Art | 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL
February 19, 2017, marks the 75th anniversary of the signing of the executive order which called for the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. Join us to commemorate this historic occasion through an interactive, intergenerational program held around the work of Sansei artist Kristine Aono. 

"Current Issues in LGBTQ Health" lecture with Dr. Brian Dodge
February 23, 2017 | 12-1pm
ISGMH Conf. Room | 625 N. Michigan, Ste 2733, Chicago, IL
Dr. Dodge’s presentation, “Bisexual Health: Risk and Beyond,” will provide an overview of empirical evidence on health concerns and disparities among bisexual individuals, relative to heterosexual and gay/lesbian individuals. To watch or listen remotely, click here to join via BlueJeans.

Environmental Resource Panel & Reception featuring Arlinda Locklear and Heather Kendall-Miller
February 23, 2017 | 6-8pm
Mitchell Museum | 3001 Central St, Evanston, IL
Both Locklear and Kendall-Miller have been instrumental in protecting tribal rights to land and water as well as protecting the environment at large. Both women have been the part of landmark cases instrumental in protecting the environment, most won through enforcement of treaty rights, and bringing greater accountability to protect the tribes.

Billy Stratton, University of Denver
February 27, 2017 | 4:00pm
University Hall | 1897 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL
Billy Stratton's talk will feature a discussion of captivity narratives and his new book 'Buried in Shades of Night: Contested Voices, Indian Captivity, and the Legacy of King Phillip’s War'

Dreams are Colder Than Death [Film]
February 28, 2017 | 5:30pm
Block Cinema | 40 Arts Circle Dr, Evanston, IL
Founded in 2012 to cultivate an interdisciplinary approach to the presentation of black arts on campus, the Black Arts Initiative has programmed a yearlong series of films that provoke difficult conversations around race and identity. This winter’s screening, Arthur Jafa and Kahlil Joseph’s 2014 documentary Dreams Are Colder Than Death, explores the question of what it means to be black in America in the 21st century. The screening will be followed by a moderated discussion. Contact: Lindsay Bosch
Bias in Big Data - How Information Systems Can Perpetuate Inequality
March 23, 2017 | 4:00m
Norris Lake Room | 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL
This event is organized by the OBON. Moderated by Michelle Birkett, Ph.D., director of the CONNECT Program in ISGMH, this event will present several examples of how social inequalities are present within and perpetuated by data systems. Interactive conversation will be encouraged on how researchers and consumers of research can remain vigilant in detecting and combating this hidden bias.

Toni Jensen: Cowboyistan: The Social Costs of Fracking
March 31, 2017 | 4-5:30pm
University Hall, Hagstrum Room #201 | 1897 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL
Toni Jensen (English/University of Arkansas), author of the short story collection From the Hilltop, published through the Native Storiers Series at the University of Nebraska Press, will present "Coyboyistan:The Social Costs of Fracking." This talk is co-presented by the Department of English, the Creative Writing program, and the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities as part of the Institute's 2016-2017 Debt Dialogue Series.

Bearden's Odyssey: Poets Respond
March 31, 2017 | 6:00pm
Block Museum of Art | 40 Arts Circle Drive, Evanston, IL
Join award-winning editors and contributors Kwame Dawes, Matthew Shenoda, Chris Abani, and more for a reading and discussion of Romare Bearden’s power and influence in the contemporary artistic world. Book signing to follow. Contact: Lindsay Bosch
Off Campus
Juried Art Exhibition
Jan 16- Feb 19, 2017
Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, IL
Since 1970, MSI has hosted the nation’s longest-running exhibition of African-American art. The Black Creativity Juried Art Exhibition features nearly 100 works of art from African-American artists across the nation, including youth. Emerging and professional artists submit works for consideration and participate in this amazing history.

Black Creativity Innovation Studio
Jan 21- March 4, 2017
Museum of Science and Industry | Chicago, IL
Experience the processes of design thinking and innovation, and learn about important contributions of African-American innovators to science, technology, engineering and medicine. Powered by your own curiosity and inspired by challenges in our world, become an innovator yourself and create your own solutions with a variety of materials and tools. Guests can participate in drop-in sessions and school groups can reserve a time.

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
February 4-March 20, 2017
Museum of Science and Industry | Evanston, IL
The Evanston Public Library along with several local program partners will host Evanston Reads, a six-week community reading program of The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, by social entrepreneur Wes Moore. The programming kicks off with an appearance by the author at Evanston Township High School on Tuesday, February 7, at 7pm

Webinar: Learn How To Remove Bias From Hiring and People Decisions
February 9, 2017 | 12-1pm
Join Dr. Heidi Grant (Senior Scientist, NeuroLeadership Institute) as she previews NLI's powerful scalable learning solution. Participants will learn how SELECT delivers practical tools, based on the latest neuroscience and industry research. Find out how you can improve your organization's selection process. Register.

Everyday Rituals: Bridging the Black Secular and the Divine
February 10-March 19, 2017
Rootwork Gallery | 645 W. 18th Street, Chicago, IL
An Exhibition by Artists Tonika Lewis Johnson and Adrienne Powers. Curated by Tracie D. Hall. "Everyday Rituals” asserts the divinity of regular people, the people we pass on the street, sit next to on the bus, see in the grocery store and affirms the sanctity of everyday Black existence while unveiling the cosmology that guides and informs it. Opening and Reception:  February 10 from 6-10 pm

A Wonder in My Soul (Black Arts in the City)
February 16, 2017 | 7:30pm
Victory Gardens Theater | 2433 North Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL
Longtime hair salon owners, Bell and Birdie, grapple with the decision to remain in their beloved South side neighborhood or relocate under the pressures of gentrification and crime. Told through music, poetry, and dance A Wonder in My Soul looks at one neighborhood’s evolution through the eyes of two best friends and their lifetime of friendship. 

Going Back to Go Forward: Helping Make Sense of Race Today
February 23, 2017 | 6-8pm
Washington School | 914 Ashland, Chicago, IL
Lawyer, author, speaker and former Chicago police officer, Jacqueline Battalora, reveals a historical record of why and how the human category "white people" was first utilized in law. She will explore the consequences experienced today from this history and strategize concrete steps toward shared ideals of justice within daily life. RSVP required.

3rd Annual NUBAA Summit and Salute to Excellence
February 24-26, 2017 | Los Angeles, CA
Be inspired by our Disruptive Innovators leading bold change and impacting the future. Engage in dynamic seminars, explore business opportunities, exclusive networking and celebrate with the distinguished black alumni of NU. Contact: Sonia Waiters, Vice President, NUBAA

International Women's Day Event, Be Bold Let's Move the Needle
March 8, 2017 | 6-8pm
ETHS | 1600 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, IL
A conversation with women entrepreneurs, artists and law enforcement on women's economic progress and the journey ahead. Featuring keynote speaker Evelyn Diaz, President of Heartland Alliance and special performance by "Louder Than a Bomb". Reservations required.  Details at

3-Day Intergroup Dialogue Facilitator Training Workshop
March 14-17, 2017 | Springfield, MA
The Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) is a nonprofit charity with the mission of fostering an awareness and appreciation of cultural difference in both the international and domestic arenas.

AAC&U’s 2017 Diversity, Learning, and Student Success: Voices Leading Change
March 16-18, 2017 | Jacksonville, FL
This conference will engage participants in exploring how the individual and collective voices of students, faculty, staff, and community partners can be catalysts for transformative campus and social change.
Mark Your Calendars
Urban American Indian Education Conference
April 1, 2017 | 9am-3pm
Parkes Hall 122 | 1870 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL
Urban American Indian Education: Past, Present and Future
Faculty Women of Color in the Academy National Conference
April 2-April 3, 2017 | Virginia Tech: Blacksburg, VA

2017 Latinx Racial Equity Leaders Retreat
April 21-22, 2017 | Santa Fe, NM

2017 NCAA Inclusion Forum
April 21-23, 2017 | Providence, RI

Men of Color National Summit
April 27-28, 2017 | Greenville, SC

The White Privilege Conference
April 27-April 30, 2017 | Kansas City, Missouri
National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice
April 28-30, 2017 | Chicago, IL

Beyond Reimagining, Accelerating Praxis: Social Medicine in Practice Today
April 29, 2017 | Chicago, IL
Kathleen McCartney, President of Smith College
May 11, 2017 | 4:00pm
James L. Allen Center | 2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL
Kathleen McCartney, President of Smith College, and former dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will give a lecture on women, leadership, and education.
National Conference for College Women Student Leaders
May 31-June 3, 2017 | University of Maryland, College Park
Intergroup Dialogue Conference @ Cornell University
June 13-16, 2017 | Cornell University | Ithaca, NY

Diversity 3.0: Innovations, Strategies & Skills for Intentional Outcomes
June 27-29, 2017 | Chicago, IL
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