As much as NUBAA has accomplished over the last few years, you’d be hard pressed to find an initiative more significant and meant to be as long-lasting as the establishment of The NUBAA Archives.
The NUBAA Archives is meant to research, organize, disseminate, publicize and archive the history of persons of African descent who were either students, staff or faculty at Northwestern University from its inception into the future. In time, the NUBAA Archives aspires to implement a comprehensive survey of Northwestern schools and departments, as well as collections held by community organizations and independent historians and creators in order to compile the history of Blacks at Northwestern. We include here a copy of the proposal presentation (NUBAA Archive Presentation FINAL 1 26) submitted by NUBAA for establishment of The NUBAA Archives.
After years of conception and negotiation, a partnership between NUBAA and Northwestern University Libraries brought the project to fruition in 2018. The effort was launched publicly with an incredible discussion with alumnae Johnnetta Cole, PhD (C’59 and C’67), moderated by Provost Jonathan Holloway. View it in total here.
The NUBAA Archives also included the establishment of a permanent position in the Northwestern Archives: The Archivist for the Black Experience, and we welcomed Charla Wilson to Northwestern as the inaugural archivist. Very special thanks go to Sara Pritchard (NU Librarian), Kevin Leonard (NU Archivist), Lauren Lowery (NUBAA Archive Co-Founder and Project Director) and Jeffrey Sterling (NUBAA President and NUBAA Archive Co-Founder) for bringing the project to reality, and to the Provost’s Office for providing financial support. It is notable that several major collections have already been obtained as a result of this effort.
If you would like more information on how to share your artifacts or other documents, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Go Cats!
It looked like the third time was the charm. The 2016 Summit was so successful, we cancelled plans to go to Las Vegas and returned to LA, again during Oscars Weekend. In fact, we even got NU President Morty Schapiro to attend (with a huge contingent of officials and administrators from Northwestern, no doubt)! Come back again and again to enjoy the hundreds of pictures from the 2017 NUBAA Summit. Even more photos and videos are available at NUBAA.org.
Opening Session: Club Elevate
The NUBAA Summit
Salute to Excellence Gala Honoree Pictures
Salute to Excellence Gala
In 2016, after a successful launch in Miami the year before, NUBAA just happened to schedule the NUBAA Summit in Los Angeles the week of the Oscars. Who knew our event would become counter programming for Black Hollywood, and they’d be all over the place at both the Salute to Excellence Gala and the Celebrity Golf Outing ? How many can you identify, including our wonderful honorees? Come back again and again to enjoy the hundreds of pictures from the 2016 NUBAA Summit. Even more are available at NUBAA.org.
Inaugural Summit (2015)
2016 NUBAA Summit and Salute to Excellence Gala
NUBAA Celebrity Golf Outing 2016
NUBAA has always had great programming. One of our four quarterly Anchor Events over the last four years was The NUBAA 5K Race for Diversity, including the 9th and 10th editions of the event. The Race included the 5K Walk/Run, a 1 miles fun run/walk for kids and a campus tour featuring kids from Chicago and Evanston. We were thrilled to include participation from other national clubs from the Northwestern Alumni Association, including LANU, NUGALA, and NUMBALUMS.
Enjoy over 100 pictures in the below slideshows from the 2016 and 2015 events. Pictures and videos from older 5K Race to Diversity events are also stored on NUBAA.org.
Special thanks to Scott Montgomery and Domonique McCord for able leadership of the 5K Race to Diversity over the years! Go Cats!
In 2014, in the midst of much to do and much to say, the NUBAA administration was seeking for means to connect with the thousands of members and supporters of the Northwestern Black alumni community. Armed with a ton of ideas, we approached Northwestern to ask for alteration of the official alumni communication vehicle, Our Northwestern, to accommodate our needs. When that proved not to be possible, we developed our own vehicle to communicate directly to our membership on matters of importance.
NUBAA.org is organized to provide one click access to everything you need to know as follows (links are active):
- BUY NUBAA: This link provides you with access to NUBAA shirts, sweaters, pens and other paraphernalia as made available for the price of donations to our various scholarship funds.
- GIVE NUBAA: This link takes you to the official Northwestern University giving portal for NUBAA’s three main scholarship funds.
- JOIN NUBAA: This link allows you to obtain your dues-free membership. Try it. The entire process takes about 90 seconds!
- PARTICIPATE NUBAA: This link allows you to register for the next NUBAA event.
- READ NUBAA: This link takes you to the scroll of blog posts and other relevant information about and coming from NUBAA and Northwestern.
- SEE NUBAA: This link takes you to our photo and video buckets. These collections include tens of thousands of pictures, organized by events and class years. They are currently being updated to include all the activities of the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover.
Equally as important, NUBAA.org has served to inform, organize and galvanize our members and supporters.
- NUBAA.org has proven pivotal in growing and maintaining our membership base, which has exploded to almost 5000 members.
- NUBAA.org was pivotal in getting alumni involved in the successful effort to push back proposed changes to services within The Black house in 2015.
- NUBAA.org continues to evolve as the online site of the NUBAA Archives.
We are proud that NUBAA.org has grown to have over 2600 followers. Inside the site, look for the follow button, add your email address, and you will receive an email whenever a new blog post is made. The NUBAA.org landing page currently features activities from the Commemoration but is being updated for even better functionality and a fresh look. This is where you come to stay in the know and where NUBAA tells it like it is! Go Cats!