2016

The 2016/2017 Community Building winners are listed below. For the most complete information about Community Building events, please see our Community Building Events News Feed.
 
Advanced Degree Consulting Alliance (ADCA). This group brings together students from all advanced degrees at Northwestern sharing the common goal of securing a job as a consultant upon graduation. The mission of the ADCA is “to greatly improve the rate of success of its members, earning careers in management and discipline-specific consulting”.
Contact: Zhenyu Bo, Jen Guo, and Shengshuang Zhu.
 
Brain Awareness Outreach (NUBAO). A graduate student-led public outreach initiative dedicated to Chicago area youths by organizing fun, engaging and innovative hands-on activities to educate, excite and inspire children about the brain.
Contact: Laura Kathleen Shanahan and Natalie Frederick
 
Chicago Graduate Students of Color Association. The Chicago Graduate Students of Color Association (CGSCA) seeks to foster camaraderie and establish a support system amongst graduate students of underrepresented minority populations on the Northwestern University Chicago campus. 
Contact: Lisa Wren, Letonia Copeland-Hardin, and Nakisha Rutledge,
 
Cognitive Systems and Artificial Intelligence Student Group - The Cognitive Systems Group want to increase engagement at weekly events (Brown Bag meeting and the AI Journal Clubs) - and establish a quarterly AI-themed social event for graduate students in the group by sponsoring lunches for the group. They wish to foster a community atmosphere within their group, as well as make the group more accessible to graduate students outside of our community who are interested in Artificial Intelligence.
Contact: Prem Seetharaman and Joseph Blass.
 
The Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies. We are an interdisciplinary academic endeavor that aims to promote and stimulate conversations on indigeneity and indigenous populations in the Americas and the transnational imaginary at Northwestern University. We seek to engage, discuss and complicate ideas of indigeneity, belonging, sovereignty and genocide by engaging with scholars and activists who are concerned with these issues.
Contact: Bethany Hughes and Bonnie Etherington.

Ethnic Studies Graduate Student Colloquium (ESG). This group provides an intellectual and social home for graduate students doing work in interdisciplinary the field of ethnic studies. Their programming activities feature an annual Spring Quarter Research Workshop, where faculty work with small groups of graduate students to give feedback on academic and artistic work.
Contact: Ashley Agbasoga and Casey Goonan.
  
Get-A-Grip Education Outreach. We are a 6-8 week project-based, bi-annual program that challenges middle school students to design and construct a prosthetic arm using household materials.
Contact: John Spanias and Matthew Perich.
 
Graduate Christian Fellowship (GCF). Engages students from all academic disciplines in considering how our religious faith has an impact on studies and scholarship, and preparing future leaders in the academy, government and industry.
Contact: Nicolas DaffernJoe Johnson, Jonathan Ng
 
Graduate International Student Association (G-ISA). This group represents all nationalities of graduate students at Northwestern University whose purpose is to cross these borders, to bring students together to experience each other’s culture, and to create friendships and connections that transcend the comfortable confines of a student’s department or affiliated student group.
Contact: Matt Kweon and Amanda Shorter.
 
Graduate Women Across Northwestern (GWAN). We are an interdisciplinary organization that seeks to create community building opportunities for women in the graduate and professional programs at Northwestern University. Our activities bond female graduate students for three purposes: cross functional networking, sharing best practices and broadening social networks. (See also GWAN Moms).
Contact: gwan@u.northwestern.edu.
 
Indian Graduate Students and Scholars Association (IGSSA). Our objective is to increase the awareness of Indians on campus and in the community, to preserve the rich cultural heritage of India, to ensure a homely atmosphere for Indian students and to unite Indians and people of other races. We hope to accomplish this by bringing together students from different educational and cultural backgrounds to celebrate the diversity of the Indian culture.
Contact: Partha Paul, Amit Behera and Resham Singh.
 
Iranian Student Association (ISA). A student group dedicated to promoting social, intellectual and cultural activities for Iranian students and scholars at Northwestern University, as well as interested members in the Northwestern community.
Contact: Amir Maghsoodi and Neda Rohani.
 
Master Clash – This group provides an opportunity for MFA writers and directors to come together to put on a ten minute play showcase. The writers and directors have virtually no overlap in their classes and day-to-day lives. Master clash provides an opportunity for them to meet and work together to put on one showcase each quarter.
Contact: Molly Pease and Kate Royal.
 
Mental Health Mix & Mingle (MHMM). The goal of this twice-monthly series is to bring together students and faculty across Northwestern’s often isolated mental health studies departments (including, but not limited to, marriage and family therapy, counseling psychology and clinical psychology) every two weeks to socialize, network and discuss issues of professional development and contemporary research in the field.
Contact: Shay Reeves, Juliana Joy Lockwood, and Thomas Bateman.
 
Northwestern Energy Technology Group (NETG). This group brings together graduate students from across Northwestern's departments and campuses to address the significant energy challenges facing our world this century. The group will consider our energy problem through the lens of emerging energy technologies used in both energy production and consumption.
Contact: Garrett Lau and Thomas Fauvell.
 
Northwestern NuTango. This group seeks promotes a stronger community through Argentine Tango, including hosting Tango lessons, practices, and dance events. In our events, we strive to relax gender norms by creating an open environment that encourages members to explore the role of both lead and follow. 
Contact: Chuqiao Yang, Xuan (Sean) Dou, Alane Lim.
 
Northwestern Public Health Review (NPHR). A student-run bi-annual, online and in-print, academic journal publishes public health relevant articles from faculty and students at Northwestern University and serves as a common platform to share public health perspectives, ideas, histories and original research. Each print edition is accompanied by a launch reception with invited speakers addressing the importance of effective public health communication. The NPHR also includes a daily blog  presenting analysis and news on current public health subjects as well as a curated virtual book shelf, highlighting public health relevant publications of NU faculty and beyond as reviewed and recommended by the NPHR.  
Contact: Osefame Ewaleifoh and Claire Vernon.
 
Northwestern Swing Dance Syndicate (NSDS). An organization that promotes stronger community via swing dancing (lindy hop, blues, balboa and a range of other dances). We host lessons throughout the year, as well as organizing all-Chicago dance events with nationally renowned swing bands. We are open to everyone in the Northwestern community—from beginners to advanced dancers.
Contact: Yajnaseni Dutta and Natalia Powers-Riggs.
 
Northwestern ToastmastersThis group follows a public speaking program where members meet once a week to practice public speaking skills in the international toastmasters curriculum that covers speaking skills such as speech organization and being persuasive.
Contact: Arindam Paul and Stephanie Georgina Johnson.
 
Northwestern Women in Science and Engineering Research (WISER), formerly Association of Women in Chemistry (AWC)
WISER seeks to support women in science and engineering as they advance through graduate school. We focus on community building, mentoring and professional development events.
Contact: Emma Rose Vander Ende, Emily Robinson; Ashlee Robison.

NU Curling Club. We are a sport that graduate students from all disciplines and their families can enjoy at any level of skill, commitment, athleticism or competitiveness.
Contact: Reda Al-Bahrani and Edward Brooks

NU Photonics/SPIE. Our mission is to increase the awareness and knowledge of the Northwestern and Evanston community about photonics by engaging them in educational events, social activities and volunteering.
Contact: Mohsen Rezaei and Francois Callewaert.
 
NU SIAM. We are the Northwestern University Student Chapter of the Society for Industrial and Applied Math and provide a community for students of disparate academic disciplines and various personal backgrounds to share their interest in applied mathematics.  
Contact: Joshua Levy, Vicky Chuqiao Yang, and Yuxin Chen.
 
Plant-it Purple Graduate Garden. We are the creators of an Evanston community garden where graduate students and their families can come together to dig in the earth and discuss projects online.
Contact: Stephanie Moffitt and Kaitlin Hill.
 
SACNAS Chapter at NU (SACNAS). SACNAS is a national society of scientists whose mission is to foster the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native Americans in science. This is the first SACNAS chapter at NU, SaCNU.  SaCNU aims to foster the success of Chicano, Latino, Native American and other underrepresented minority scientists at NU at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels.  
Contact: Adelita Mendoza and Ely Conteras.
 
Segal Professional Bridge. Segal Professional Bridge is a design-oriented group focused on bridging the gap between the academic and professional world by hosting collaborative events and creating opportunities for networking and mentorship. The purpose of SPB is to connect like-minded students, faculty, and professionals who are passionate about the field of design and grow the community of designers at Northwestern University.
Contact: Sally Park and Carlos Armada.
 
SPG Improv: Northwestern University's Graduate Student Improv Group. We are an organization with a diverse group of graduate students whose mission is to build community through learning, teaching and performing improvisational theatre.
Contact: Laura Feldmeyer and Rebecca Krause.
 
TGS Cross-Cultural Communication Committee. This group promotes and strengthens intercultural communication among graduate students so they can develop skills of cultural competence and simultaneously enhance their ability to be a successful team member, lab member, and leader at Northwestern University and beyond.
Contact: Natalia Smirnov, Lital Pascar, and Sandra Berjan.
 
Women in Philosophy Workshop. This group aims to increase the visibility and relevance of women philosophers by showcasing the work of women in philosophy in all of its sub-disciplines, including feminism. We intend this workshop to be a long-standing component of the research community at Northwestern by (1) contributing to the consolidation of feminist theory at Northwestern; (2) increasing awareness of the contributions of women to all fields in philosophy; (3) creating inclusiveness in the profession by counteracting the stereotype of philosophy as masculine; and (4) fostering positive change by encouraging women philosophers to pursue their research interests.
Contact:  Cristina Carrillo and Jessica Talamantez.