NUBAA Nation

We Have a New Director!

After a national search, Northwestern University is pleased to announce that Jackie Williams will be joining the Northwestern Alumni Association as the Senior Associate Director, Alumni Engagement, on February 5 and report to Laura Wayland, Executive Director of NAA.  In this new role, Jackie 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. Jackie will work with the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association (NUBAA) and campus partners to develop and implement alumni- and student-based initiatives for Northwestern.

Jackie will serve as the primary liaison for NUBAA and NAA appreciates NUBAA’s partnership in the search process. Northwestern Alumni Association and NUBAA are working together to build and strengthen the connections of our Black alumni with Northwestern.

Jackie comes to NAA with strong experience in engaging Black alumni with their alma mater.  As a University of Illinois graduate, she recently completed her term as the president of the Black Alumni Network for the U of I. She also served as the chair of the Illinois Black Alumni Reunion in 2008 and 2016.  Her professional career has included serving as Director of Development for the DuSable Museum of African American History and Director of Advancement at the University of Illinois.  Jackie comes to NAA from Cabrini Green Legal Aid as Director of Development & Marketing.

NUBAA Nation, this is a great day.  We thank the university for their efforts in addressing the needs of Black students and alumni at Northwestern.

Proudly Purple,

Dr. Jeffrey Sterling

NUBAA-NY Members: Exciting Event Coming Your Way from the NU Club of NYC!

Celebrate Black History Month at MCNY

For a full calendar of events for all NYC Clubs, be sure to visit!

The Museum of the City of New York celebrates and interprets the city, educating the public about its distinctive character, especially its heritage of diversity, opportunity, and perpetual transformation. During an hour-long tour, a Museum scholar will guide alumni through King in New York, an exhibit examining Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s connection to the City, and Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics, which focuses on women’s political activism from the 19th century to the present.

Space is limited. Sales end Friday, February 16. Register today.

Following the tour, grab a drink with other alumni at a local tapas bar, The Lexington Social (located on Lexington Avenue between 103rd and 104th Sts.).

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: The Museum of the City of New York 
Address: 1220 Fifth Avenue (between 103rd and 104th Streets)
Subway: 6, 2 or 3
Ticket Pricing: Member = $35; Non-Member = $45; Event + One Year Club Membership = $70*
Register/Learn More: CLICK HERE

Why become an NU Club member? Membership lasts for one year from date of joining. On average, our members receive a $5-10 discount at nearly every NU Club event, including career and networking series, private museum tours, gourmet wine tastings, and philharmonic nights. Plus, you are helping us put on events and build the NU community in New York. Renew or pay membership (must be signed in).

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Northwestern Alumni Association
1201 Davis Street
Evanston, IL 60208
847-491-7200 or 1-800-NU-ALUMS

NUBAA-Los Angeles and Orange County Members: Great Event Coming Your Way

Northwestern Alumni Association

Northwestern in Orange County

A Night at the Bowers Museum

Join the Northwestern Alumni Association and the NU Club of Orange County for a special evening at the Bowers Museum, featuring a presentation by Northwestern art history professor Huey Copeland.

Wednesday, March 21

Bowers Museum
Fluor Family Gallery and Historic Balcony
2002 North Main Street
Santa Ana, CA

5:30 p.m. Check-In, Gallery Viewing
6:30 p.m. Networking Reception (hors d’oeuvres, beer, and wine)
7:15 p.m. Presentation, Q&A
8:30 p.m. Event Concludes

$15 All Alumni and Guests

Registration Deadline: 
March 13 or until capacity is reached

Presentation Information: 
Touched by the Mother: On Black Men and Artistic Practice, 1966–2016
In this presentation, Copeland will discuss his latest book project, which brings together his new and previously published articles, essays, interviews, and reviews on male cultural practitioners of African descent and contemporary visual engagements with black masculinity. In so doing, he offers a focused yet expansive consideration of identity’s evolving import in contemporary culture, both in the United States and abroad.

Please email or call 847-491-7975 with questions.

About the Speaker


Huey Copeland
Associate Professor of Art History | Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences | Northwestern University

Huey Copeland is Associate Professor of Art History at Northwestern University. His research and teaching focus on modern and contemporary art with an emphasis on articulations of blackness in the Western visual field. A contributing editor of Artforum, Copeland has also published in NkaOctoberParkettRepresentations, and Small Axe as well as in numerous international exhibition catalogues and essay collections, such as the award-winning Modern Women: Women Artists at the Museum of Modern Art. Notable among his publications is Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America (University of Chicago Press, 2013). At present, he is at work on a new book, In the Shadow of the Negress: A Brief History of Modern Artistic Practice, which explores the constitutive role played by fictions of black womanhood in Western art from the late-eighteenth century to the present. He is also refining a companion volume—currently entitled Touched by the Mother: On Black Men and Artistic Practice, 1966–2016—that brings together many of his new and previously published critical essays and that has already been recognized with the 2017 Absolut Art Writing Award, intended to support “transformative projects by the world’s most creative talent.”
Photo: Bonnie Robinson for The Graduate School, 2017

The Graduate School Celebrates 50 Years of Diversity at Northwestern!

The Graduate School is hosting an event on February 15 celebrating the contributions of Blacks at TGS.  If you’re living in the Chicagoland area and would be interested in attending, here is the link with the details and how to register.

Event registration link

Look for more events throughout the year at the entire Northwestern University community celebrates the contributes of Blacks to our great university. Thanks, TGS!

Register for the NUBAA Summit and Salute to Excellence Gala – Commemoration Edition!

Commemoration hotel: Hilton Orrington Evanston  (May 2 and 3, 2018)
Summit hotel: Swissotel Chicago (May 4, 5 and 6, 2018)

Reminder: NUBAA Monthly Board Succession Call: Marketing & Communications – Sunday at 2:30 pm CST

This post is a reminder of 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 – done
  • September 24, 2017: NUBAA Archives – done
  • November 5, 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 who 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!

Today is #CATSGiveBack! Support a NUBAA Scholarship!

Today is Giving Tuesday. Please make Northwestern part of your giving strategy. We’ve made it one-click easy for you by visiting here! Please don’t forget to click the designation for the NUBAA Achievement Scholarship, or feel free to type in any other giving option of interest.

And now, a message from Northwestern Alumni Association President, Mark Ledogar:

Today is #CATSGiveBack, a day when thousands of alumni and friends join together to support Northwestern. I’m writing to you because I hope you will join me during this global day of philanthropy.

The NAA is an important partner with #CATSGiveBack. Our giving committee volunteers will help spread the word through their networks, and club leaders around the world will be promoting financial support of Northwestern, including support through the club scholarships program.

No matter how you decide to get involved, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the spirit of #GivingTuesday through #CATSGiveBack.

You can learn more here:

Thanks in advance for all you do—and especially for supporting #CATSGiveBack. It’s a sincere honor to lead and serve with you, and a genuine pleasure to join you in celebrating the NAA’s leadership and commitment to philanthropy in support of Northwestern.

Go ’Cats!


Mark Ledogar ’89

President, Northwestern Alumni Association

P.S. If you’ve already made a gift this year, know that I and the University are grateful for your support.