The 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover: Day 1 (May 3rd, 2018)

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After two and a half years of planning (whew!), NUBAA welcomed back over fifty of the members of the 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover as well as approximately a thousand participants across the weekend’s activities for the 50th Anniversary of that fateful event.

Day One was very sentimental and emotional. Consider everything that occurred:

  • It began with the returnees taking a tour of campus, with many not having been on campus in over forty years! DSCF0025
  • The Commemoration kicked off in full speed with a high-powered Keynote Symposium featuring NU President Morty Schapiro, NUBAA President Jeffrey Sterling and Bursar’s Office takeover participants Kathryn Ogletree and John Bracey. DSCF7806 (1)
  • The panel was followed by an amazing procession through the courtyard toward The Bursar’s Office. DSCF0062
  • A commemorative plaque that is permanently affixed to the Bursar’s Office was unveiled. DSCF0083
  • We held a short program at Rebecca Crown Center, during which a stirring poem “We Were Just Kids” was presented by B100 participant Kimya Moyo. DSCF7872DSCF0155
  • We held a symbolic groundbreaking at The Black House in recognition of the upcoming $4.5 million renovation and modernization of it! DSCF0175DSCF0192
  • We unveiled a Black House commemorative in honor of the B100. It will permanently occupy a wall in the conference room. DSCF0242DSCF0228
  • The B100 members were feted at a private dinner at the residence of President and Mrs. Schapiro.
  • A reception was held with the Department of Athletics, honoring the legacy of athletics as a part of the Black experience at Northwestern. DSCF0286DSCF0310

What a day! Enjoy this slide show featuring about 100 pictures from the various events. In this space ( we will be posting videos of the entire Commemoration! Stay tuned.

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Were you there? Check back tomorrow for the amazing slate of Day 2 activities. Go Cats!

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Telling It Like It Was: Supporting Black Students

Today the Northwestern University Class of 2018 joins the ranks of alumni. NUBAA has dramatically and emphatically been of service to each generation of Black students at NU. Here are some specific ways in which we demonstrate our commitment and provide support.




Since 2013, NUBAA has raised over $300,000 in student scholarship funds, including support of traditional needs-based funds such as the Gardner-Exum Scholarship Fund, The Alpha Phi Alpha Endowment Fund, The Alpha Kappa Alpha Endowment Fund and the NUBAA Promise Scholarship. In 2015, we introduced the NUBAA Achievement Scholarship (NAS) to offer financial aid eligibility based on performance. In the last three years alone, the NAS has generated over $130,000 in gifts and pledges, and NUBAA itself is making an additional $25,000 contribution to the NAS at its annual meeting!


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In 2014, we developed a student-alumni mentor program we call the NUBAA Student Based Initiatives (SBI). We have had over 400 alumni participate with students via mixers, direct mentoring, internships. Several graduating students have received full term employment from this program.


During 2017-18 academic year, we hosted different SBI events in the following disciplines: The Arts, Athletics, Business & Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Medicine/Health, and the Legal Professions.



In 2015, NUBAA was out front in bringing clarity to the role and evolution of The Black House. Circumstances necessitated development of a petition of students, faculty, staff and alumni including approximately 2500 signatures, followed by participation and oversight in subsequent university efforts that have resulted in a multimillion dollar renovation and reimagining of the space and services offered in the building more synonymous with the Black experience on campus.



THE JOY (Journey of Our Years)

NUBAA has co-sponsored and/or the NUBAA President has participated in The Joy (The Black Celebratory) every year since its inception. In 2016, NUBAA began a new tradition of presenting graduating students purple NUBAA stoles as a measure of welcoming them into the next phase of their Wildcat existence. Enjoy these photos from the 2016 event (other years are available within

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Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Welcome to NUBAA! Go Cats!

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Updates for NUBAA Elections and Annual Meeting



The NUBAA Election Committee has certified one candidate’s application for President: Willard S. Evans (McC ’78, KSM ’81). His responses to the NUBAA Election Application can be seen by clicking this link: NUBAA 2018 BOD Application Responses WEvans. By vote of the NUBAA Executive Committee, the remainder of the election process has been suspended.

The formal election will occur at the 2018 NUBAA Annual Meeting, which will be held Saturday, June 30th at The Black House from 8:30 am until noon.

If you have any questions about the elections, please forward to If you have any questions about the Annual Meeting, please forward to Go Cats!

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Special Event: Destination Homecoming Theatrical Performance and NUBAA SBI-Arts Event – “In the Red and Brown Water”

We are pleased to share the RSVP link for the free NUBAA Student Based Initiatives (SBI) Arts event with the cast and crew of IN THE RED AND BROWN WATER on Saturday, October 7 from 5:00-6:30PM at the Louis Theatre.

Food will be provided.  Director Jerrell L. Henderson will be joining and the cast and crew are invited to attend.  You can come and go as they wish since this is an informal meet-and-greet, and the timing will allow you to get to the DH Party by 9 pm!

Also, the link includes a discount code for NUBAA members to see the show.  Feel free to share as you wish!

As a reminder, we have three Student Based Initiatives (alumni/student) mixers during Destination Homecoming week (registration for all DH17 events can be accessed by clicking this link):

  • Athletes Connect: Wednesday, October 4th from 6:30 – 8 pm at the Black House
  • The General SBI roll out in conjunction with the Commemoration Launch: Friday, October 6th from 6 pm to 9 pm at the Black House
  • The Arts SBI event as noted above.

Later in the year, look for additional NUBAA SBI events in Business/Entrepreneurship, Engineering, the Health Professions and Law. See you beginning Wednesday. Go Cats!

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

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.

NUBAA 2017 Elections – The Nominations are In!

Here is the process leading up to the election of the NUBAA Vice-President and Treasurer for the 2017-2019 term. Nominations are now closed.

  • May 25th: Release of candidate applications
  • June 1st: Deadlines for candidate applications: due by 3 pm CDT
  • June 2nd: Responses to application questions posted for public review.
  • June 8th: Candidates forum via conference call
  • June 10th: Voting begins via email
  • June 16th: Voting ends via email
  • June 24th: NUBAA Annual Meeting; election results announced

Attached are the candidate applications and other relevant information. If you have been nominated, it is your responsibility to qualify for the election. Please return with content typed into the form. Direct any questions to

NUBAA BOD application 2017

NUBAA Roles & Responsibilities

NUBAA Board Expectations