Volunteerism and Community Outreach

Past and Future TGS/Community Building Grant Charitable Events include:

Brain Awareness Outreach (NUBAO). Early outreach to Chicago area youths by organizing fun, engaging and innovative hands-on activities to educate, excite and inspire children about the brain. 
Contact: Shoai Hattori and Jessica Wilson.

Explore the Impact of Photonics:  This group conducts after-school outreach programs at Evanston’s School District 65, teaching 5th graders about the properties of light.
Contact: Edward Huang and Erdem Cicek.

Graduate Women Across Northwestern (GWAN): Partners with Chicago Girls on the Run (volunteers become running buddies to young girls completing their first 5K) and Dreams Delivered (annual prom dress drive). The group also hosts events that 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.

SPG Improv: Northwestern University's Graduate Student Improv Group: This group held an improv show to benefit a Muscular Dystrophy patient. The SPG Improv is a diverse group of graduate students who build community through learning, teaching and performing improvisational theatre.
Contact: Bryce Meredig and Alex Thompson.

GSA/TGS 5K and 10K Run/Walk: Proceeds from the event are donated to The Cradle, a Chicago-based adoption agency. The GSA-TGS 5K Run is an annual event that invites graduate students from various disciplines to run, followed by a barbeque on the lake field. 

Chicago Graduate Student Association (CGSA): The Windy City Habitat for Humanity arranged for a donation to the organization and is forming a 10-15 member crew to volunteer their services.
Contact: cgsa@northwestern.edu for more information.

McCormick Graduate Leadership Council:  The Science and Engineering Pentathlon brings together graduate students to act as mentors to support 7th and 8th graders with hosting a competitive engineering event.
Contact: mglc@u.northwestern.edu for more information.

Graduate Student Association. The GSA has organized and conducted service events for members of the University and greater Chicago/Evanston communities.  Current and most recent events include:

  • Fairy Tale Trail: Participated in the Women's Club of Evanston's Fairy Tale Trail fundraising event.
  • Larimer Park Clean-up: Held on September 11, 2010.
  • Mather Pavilion Outreach: Students volunteer to give research presentations to residents at nearby assisted living facility.
  • Blood Drives: Student Blood Services (SBS) organize five blood drives each year on the Evanston Campus.

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA): This group participates in quarterly community service activities, such as volunteering at soup kitchens.
Contact: bgsa.nu@gmail.com.