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Schedule for NUBAA Succession Planning Conference Calls

We want to thank you for the enthusiastic response to the orientation announcement. This post is to announce the schedule for the NUBAA Orientation activities. We are planning a series of 30-minute sessions occurring monthly over the next year, leading into the election process. Although participating is not required for those interested in running for NUBAA offices, it is likely that participation will make you a more competitive candidate and a better officer once elected or appointed.

Here is the schedule (all conference calls will occur at 2:30 pm CDT/CST) on either the last or next to last Sunday of each month. These calls will allow for a break introduction of topics of importance to NUBAA governance, followed by questions and access to current office holders about the particulars of given offices.

2014 Annual Meeting
  • August 27, 2017: Introduction and NUBAA Programmatic Agenda
  • September 24, 2017: NUBAA Archives
  • October 29, 2017: NUBAA Finances and Financial Development
  • November 19, 2017: NUBAA Governance Structure, Extended Board and MultiCity Groups
  • December 17, 2017: NUBAA Marketing and Communication
  • January 28, 2018: NUBAA Programming
  • February 25, 2018: NUBAA Reporting to and Relationship with the Northwestern Alumni Association
  • March 18, 2018: NUBAA Scholarships and other Fundraising
  • March, 2018: Elections for NUBAA President and NUBAA Secretary
  • June, 2018: NUBAA Annual Meeting

If you have any questions, or if you would like to guarantee your participation in these activities, please leave a comment or use the attached comment form. Alternatively, you may send an email to To those that have already and RSVP as a result of this post, pertinent documents will be forwarded in advance of the meeting. You will not be personally identified during the conference calls.

The current NUBAA Extended Board has over one hundred members providing expertise and time on behalf of NUBAA and Northwestern. Please consider continuing your service or adding your name to the roster of those building on the legacy started over thirty years ago. Go Cats!

NUBAA Succession Plan and Orientation Activities

2014 Annual Meeting

As part of NUBAA’s succession plan, we would like to invite any and all NUBAA members who are interested in serving in the next NUBAA administration (2018-2020) to join us for a series of information and orientation activities. Over the next several months, we will provide all members interested in learning more about our activities pertinent documents, policies and other information needed to perform competently at any and all positions, including the NUBAA Presidency.

We will also have a series of monthly conference calls meant to allow interested individuals to speak directly with current office holders about the particulars of various offices. Among others, these calls will focus on the following topics:

  • NUBAA Programmatic Agenda
  • NUBAA Archives
  • NUBAA Finances and Financial Development
  • NUBAA Governance Structure, Extended Board and MultiCity Groups
  • NUBAA Marketing and Communication
  • NUBAA Programming
  • NUBAA Reporting to and Relationship with the Northwestern Alumni Association
  • NUBAA Scholarships and other Fundraising

Participation in these activities are not required for those interested in running for NUBAA offices, but it can be expected that those engaged will be better candidates and better officers if elected or appointed. If you have any questions, or if you would like to guarantee your participation in these activities, please leave a comment or use the attached comment form.

The current NUBAA Extended Board has over one hundred members providing expertise and time on behalf of NUBAA and Northwestern. Please consider continuing your service or adding your name to the roster of those building on the legacy started over thirty years ago. Go Cats!

 NUBAA Executive Director (Senior Associate Director for Alumni Engagement) Position Now Available

As you are aware, NUBAA has seen tremendous activity and growth. The construction of a large operational infrastructure has presented the need to ensure stability and continuation of our best efforts. To that end, over the last year, we have been in discussions with Northwestern’s Department of Alumni Relations and Development about permanent, targeted support for NUBAA.

We are extremely proud to announce NU has approved a new position that will be responsible for the enhancement and cultivation of the Black alumni community through the development of strategies to better engage black alumni with Northwestern and with each other. The Senior Associate Director for Alumni Engagement will report directly to Laura M. Wayland, Executive Director of the Northwestern Alumni Association. S/he will serve as the primary point of contact with NUBAA to develop and implement alumni and student based initiatives for Northwestern, starting with having an integral role in the activities of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Bursar’s Office Takeover.

This position will also develop and implement programming and outreach to connect black alumni back to Northwestern. The Senior Associate Director will serve as a liaison to student life and diversity units on campus.

This position is posted on the website. If you have any questions or know of someone you think would be interested in the position, please reach out to me.

Job Opening ID: 31416

Posting Title: Senior Associate Director, Alumni Engagement

To view this Job Opening, visit:

Senior Associate Director for Alumni Engagement


NUBAA Documentary on the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover – Sample Trailer and Production Team Announcement

Allow us to introduce you to the filmmaking team selected to produce our first documentary around the events of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover at Northwestern University. Digital Café is a full service, Chicago-based video production company based in Chicago.

Digital Café will craft the story about the 1968 Black student takeover of the Bursar’s office (The Takeover), including events leading up to the event and the subsequent impact on Black student life, the NU administration and its surrounding communities. The documentary will be a 60 to 90-minute documentary film package from conception to completion that will capture compelling stories of students and others that contributed to, participated and were affected by The Takeover. The film will be premiered at the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1968 Takeover of the Bursar’s Office, during the weekend of May 3rd-7th. Details will follow.

To view a mock-up sample movie footer, enjoy the following:

Proposal Trailer

Thank you to all the additional filmmakers for universally excellent submissions offered for this project. Special thanks to Northwestern University for their support and collaboration in this effort. #GoCats

NUBAA Board Election Results Are In!

Thank you to the candidates and everyone who participated in the NUBAA Elections process. We had a great turnout! The Elections Committee has validated results, and we have winners. The announcement of the winners will be made Saturday, June 24th at the NUBAA Annual Meeting, to be held at The Black House (1914 Sheridan Road in Evanston) between 8:3o am and noon. Please plan to attend. 


From the Vice-President of Student Affairs: An Update on Black Student Satisfaction

Black Student Satisfaction – A Summary of Recommendations and a Prioritized Action Plan

Northwestern University remains committed to creating a positive Black Student experience on our campus. Over the past four years, beginning with the program review for Multicultural Student Affairs, and incorporating information and recommendations from community dialogues, listening sessions, the Black Student Experience Task Force report, and the Black House Facility Review Committee, we continue to make progress.

The groups of individuals who contributed their time and energy were convened to address continued concern regarding the Black and African-American student experience at Northwestern. They explored a number of issues, including:

  • the Black House, its use and purpose;
  • spaces throughout campus;
  • programs and services;
  • community;
  • campus culture and climate;
  • historical data;
  • satisfaction;
  • and academic experience.

This document summarizes the initiatives that were identified, where we are with each initiative, and discusses next steps. Note that the report from which the item came is listed on the left side of the table, using the following key:

  • BSETF = Black Student Experience Task Force
  • Facility = Black House Facility Review Committee
  • MSA = Multicultural Student Affairs Program Review

The intent of this action plan is to implement a multipronged approach that combines a number of these recommendations to better serve our Black and African-American students. We appreciate the involvement of students, faculty, staff and alumni that contributed to these objectives.

You can download the Black Student Satisfaction report here. (PDF)


The following table summarizes the initiatives that have already been completed, or that have been completed but remain ongoing items on which the university will continue to focus efforts.


Facility Create a keycard/Wildcard entry system Completed Summer 2016
Facility Update technology software and hardware in the study room Completed Spring 2015
Facility Upgrade the resource center Completed Spring 2015
MSA Build faculty/staff relationships in the ethnic studies department Completed and Ongoing
MSA Recognize student organizations through Campus Life Completed Fall 2015
MSA Communicate frequently and intentionally to the university community Completed and Ongoing
Facility Develop a mechanism for iPad rental Completed (Libraries)
Facility Have Graduate Students in Residence Completed and Ongoing
Facility Develop programs that promote community engagement Ongoing

In Progress

The following items are currently being addressed by the university. As these items are completed, they will move to the “Completed” section above.


Facility Add flat screen monitors to the Black House for announcements and NUBBAA archival information In Progress
BSETF Provide more support for the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council organizations In Progress
BSETF Challenge the members of [predominantly white] fraternities and sororities at Northwestern and the designated leaders of these organizations to examine the culture of their community and explore ways to ensure they are more welcoming and inclusive In Progress
MSA Help students develop skills in understanding intersecting/multiple identities, interpersonal relationships, and collaborations within and across groups In Progress
MSA Build inclusive communities across the University under which all identities can be welcomed and served In Progress
MSA Build intercultural competencies and leadership skills In Progress
BSETF Review Wildcat Welcome and identify ways it can be more inclusive and welcoming for African American and Black students In Progress
MSA Retain space for under-represented students to gather study, socialize, and find comfort In Progress
Facility [In the Black House] overhaul HVAC, upgrade the electrical panel, install an elevator, soundproof a portion of the basement, soundproof a performance space and add a piano and lighting In Progress
Facility Add charging stations and outlets In Progress
BSETF Regularly provide University administrators with analyzed student persistence and success data from a centralized office so that informed strategic and proactive early intervention efforts can be implemented to serve our students throughout their undergraduate careers In Progress
Facility Identify space for proper receipt and temporary storage of memorabilia In Progress
MSA Re-establish an advisory council consisting of current students, alumni, faculty and administrators whose participation will help shape new programs In Progress
BSETF Create more pre-orientation opportunities, curricular and co-curricular, for students to build relationships early on with peers, faculty and staff In Progress
Facility Develop programs that promote community engagement In Progress
BSETF Get to know and listen to Black students regularly, not just in times of crisis. This includes increasing faculty/student interaction, student interaction with those in administrative and staff positions and interaction with academic advisers In Progress
Facility Install way-finding signage that offers historical perspectives and purposes of rooms In Progress
MSA Make NU more welcoming In Progress
MSA Develop metrics which assess the effectiveness of MSA’s programs and activities In Progress
Facility Feature the Black House prominently on campus tours, and use it as a recruitment tool for students and faculty In Progress
BSETF Conduct a cultural audit of all Northwestern buildings and spaces to ensure they are representative of the diversity that exists within the University community In Progress
MSA Partner with other departments under Student Engagement to assist them in incorporating cultural competency training in their programs In Progress
BSETF Create initiatives to support African American and Black undergraduate women In Progress
MSA Be proactive rather than reactive to advocate for students In Progress
MSA Locate CIC staff in one place, or in close proximity In Progress
BSETF Embed opportunities into the fabric of Northwestern where students learn about and are challenged to wrestle with issues of diversity, social inequalities, social justice and inclusion In Progress for Student Affairs
Facility Update printing station In Progress
Facility Create a Black House advisory board In Progress
Facility Establish NUBAA archives In Progress
BSETF Increase the number of Black students, faculty and staff In Progress

Under Review

The following items are currently under review, or no action has been taken on the item at this time. Items in this section will continue to be reviewed in order to determine how best to address the concern at a future date.


MSA Provide academic advising by school or major as a resource in the Black House Under Review
BSETF Require a course in diversity and inclusion Under Review
Facility Create a research institute that produces, administers and studies cultural competency/power and privilege training for faculty and staff. Incentivize faculty participation in the training. Heavily recommend or require training for staff and teaching assistants Under Review
BSETF Create a center of leadership training in the Black House No Action Taken
BSETF Provide multiple options for space where students can socialize (Norris, Parkes and the Great Room) Under Review
Facility Create an Academic Support Hub, a physical location, where students can easily access tutoring and other academic support services. These services may currently exist at Northwestern, but they are spread across campus and are not well known by students Under Review
MSA Transform the Black House into a cultural and intellectual center No Action Taken
Facility Involve faculty in advising and programming Under Review
BSETF Create a Scholars-in-Residence Program Under Review
Facility Intentionally plan and implement programs through which African American/Black students can connect with older students Under Review
Facility Collaborate with NUBAA to host a campaign to solicit memorabilia and stories Under Review
MSA Have the Director of African American Student Affairs reside on the third floor No Action Taken
Facility Coordinate services and programs with The International Office and The Graduate School to better meet the needs of students Under Review
Facility Re-institute an associate dean-level position for African American Student Affairs No Action Taken
Facility Make space for a NUBAA Archives display in the northwest corner of the second floor Under Review

Next Steps

The university will continue to make progress on these initiatives over the coming year. Quarterly updates about progress will be shared and posted to this website. Three subcommittees, as recently announced by the Provost, Vice President for Student Affairs, and the Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer, have been formed and will begin their work over the next year on the following three areas:

  • Increase the number of Black Students, Faculty, and Staff (chaired by Jabbar R. Bennett, Associate Provost and Chief Diversity Officer)
  • Create and Academic Hub (liaison is Ron Braeutigam, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education)
  • Listen to Black Students (chaired by Kelly Schaefer, Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement)


It is our goal to make progress on behalf of our students and Northwestern University. As Northwestern is committed to creating and maintaining an inclusive and dynamic environment, we look forward to the positive impacts these actions will have on our community.

Voting for NUBAA Vice-President and Treasurer is Now Open!

Voting has officially begun for the 2017-19 terms for NUBAA Vice-President and Treasurer. 

Here are the candidates for NUBAA Vice-President (in alphabetic order):


  • Jeniece Fleming (SESP ’09)
  • Shannon Moorer (WCAS, ’88)
  • Sonia Waters (SESP, ’89)

Here is the candidate for NUBAA Treasurer:

  • Daryl Newell (WCAS, ’86, KSM, ’07)

Should you wish to review their responses to the questions on the candidates’ application, click here for the Vice-Presidential Candidates and click here for the Candidate for Treasurer.

In order to vote, you must be an active member of NUBAA. You may become a NUBAA member by clicking here, completing the application process and subsequently being verified. Once you are an active NUBAA member, send an email to Only one vote per member is allowed and only one vote from any given email address is allowed. Votes may be disqualified based on failure to adhere to the above guidelines at the discretion of the NUBAA Elections Committee.

Voting ends June 16th, 2017 at 5 pm CDT.

Thank you and good luck to the candidates for offering themselves in service, and thank you for your support of NUBAA and Northwestern University. Go Cats!