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Taylor Hayden

Creating a Culture of Caring: It’s On Us

Less than four years ago, the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education (CARE) did not exist. Each year since its creation, CARE has grown and found new ways to better serve students who have experienced sexual violence.

This year is no different.

CARE, now an integrated part of the Northwestern community, was created with funds the university received in 2011. The funds came from a three-year grant that the university received from the Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women.

The Problem with Fraternity “Colonization”

Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life

Remember when you joined that (house) chapter and met some of your (fellow pledges) new members? (Rush) Recruitment was an exciting time filled with anxiety and anticipation, as you and other (rushees) potential new members hoped to join a new community of lifelong friends. The (frat guy) fraternity man culture on campus needed a transformation through positive change, with a focus on risk (management) education and harm reduction.

We’ve come a long way, yet we have a long way to go.

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AccessibleNU Emphasizes Inclusion and Community in Changes

A new name, location and website are among the changes for the office charged with making a Northwestern education accessible to all

A lot changed in the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) over the summer, including our name: We are now AccessibleNU!

The overarching reason for changing our name is to emphasize that making a Northwestern education accessible is the responsibility of the entire University community. We also changed our name to be more inclusive to students.

UCS Media and Marketing Career Trek in NYC

University Career Services

I am so excited to share my experience on my “trek.” Basically, University Career Services at Northwestern started organizing these treks to expose students to different options available to them after graduation, in addition to help connect us with the alumni who work in our fields of interest. Our group was about 20 students, all of whom I really enjoyed getting to meet (and run around Manhattan with for three days). Everyone was so down to earth and excited about their futures, and it’s hard not to be when you’re touring such amazing companies!

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Student Affairs Changes

Division of Student Affairs

While most of you were away this summer, Northwestern made some big changes to better serve and engage the community. Here’s a list of the changes to be on the look out for:

  • Northwestern Dining Renovations
  • Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
  • Scott Hall
  • 2122 Sheridan Road

Being an RA

Student Affairs Department: Residential Services

Coming into RA training for the fall, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. I had thought about being an RA as early as my sophomore year of high school, but I originally looked at it solely as a job for room and board compensation to help with my education expenses. However, after weeks of training, the position has become so much more to me.

I arrived on campus in late August and RA training began soon after. The subsequent ten days of training were long, challenging, exciting, stressful, overwhelming, and eye opening all at the same time.

Sweet Home Chicago

Student Affairs Department: Wildcat Welcome

Let’s be honest, we’re a bit, er, intense about our traditions here at Northwestern. Whether in the form of camping out to paint the Rock or screaming your throat hoarse during the Primal Scream of Finals Week, Wildcats gravitate to these unifying, shared experiences. But when we think beyond the silliness of some our common rituals, we find something greater and more enduring: the common values they create.

One of those values and key elements of the Northwestern experience is the relationship Wildcats have with the city of Chicago.

It’s All in the Family

Student Affairs Department: Wildcat Welcome

As members of Northwestern University’s Class of 2018 prepare to come to Evanston for Wildcat Welcome (Sept. 15 through Sept. 22) and the beginning of their college careers, their families will be trying to figure out the best way to support and encourage their students while allowing them to fully experience all Northwestern has to offer. To help with this often-challenging balancing act, we’ve enlisted the help of the Division of Student Affairs’ Family Ambassadors. The ambassadors, who are current undergraduate students, offer some tips and advice for families to help make the transition to Northwestern life as smooth possible.