Let’s be clear. The NUBAA 5K is much more than a race. You’re obviously aware of our charge to seek diversity and inclusion at Northwestern. What you may not be aware of is at NU, NUBAA has assumed a position of leadership to that end. There’s always a lot of talk about diversity, but diversity happens by sheer existence. There’s a demographic inertia that demands a response to the realities of our environment. At NU, the reality of a multicultural population that approximates 40% of the student body makes diversity a self-fulfilling consideration, in that it can’t be avoided. This isn’t apartheid, after all.
Inclusion is different. It involves an active effort to not relegate those of diverse backgrounds into only “minority issues.” It recognizes that specific steps to gain various perspectives on so-called bread and butter issues lead to more fair and better outcomes. NUBAA promotes this ideal and is leading the charge to ensure appropriate sensitivity to this concept is in the front of NU leadership’s collective mind when important decisions are made. In other words, we want a seat at all the tables.
The NUBAA 5K Race for Diversity and Inclusion was started 10 years ago to bring attention to these matters. It has evolved into a truly phenomenal event that includes the following:
- The 5K Race: Enjoy a spectacle unlike any other. Walk, run, skate or race along NU’s beautiful lakefront and through campus on a route formally incorporated into the Chicago Area Runners Association’s (CARA) calendar. We want to promote health and healthy habits.
2013 5K Race for Diversity
- Kids Fun Run: The 5K is a family event. We’ve set up a one mile track for non-racers and kids to enjoy. Families can create wonderful memories by engaging in the joint activity.
- College Tour: All the time we hear from students who want to tour Northwestern, but we also hear that students would like to do it when alumni are going to be present. Here’s that opportunity. Outside of Homecoming, it’s unlikely that more of our alumni will be on campus at one time than during the NUBAA 5K. We are actively soliciting high schools from within Evanston and Chicago to come up for tours. Consider asking your former high school if they’d like to participate.
There are multiple reasons why your presence and support will make a difference. Proceeds from the event directly support NUBAA scholarship funds.
Remember, you don’t have to be a formal racer to contribute! We have grown the event to new proportions. Consider the various partners we have this year:
- LANU – Latino Alliance of NU
- NU-A5 (Asian and Asian-American Alumni Association)
- NU Club of Chicago
- NUGALA (NU Gay and Lesbian Alliance)
- NUMBALUMS (NU Marching Band Alumni)
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity (SAE)
Also, President Shapiro, Provost Linzer and many other members of the NU administration have been long-time supporters and participants in the event.
Please take the time to support the event. Whether you’re racing, donating, participating in the college tours or just networking or reestablishing old friendships, this event is meaningful and powerful. The event only requires a morning of your time (June 13, 2015, starting at 9 am and ending with a post-race reception at The Black House). We already have achieved an all-time high level of participants. Join the ranks. We want and need your presence!
Register and/or donate at http://bit.ly/NUBAA5k. Please do it now!