Community Building

Introduction

Community Building connects Northwestern employees to the University as a research and teaching institution. Our efforts are rooted in the value of strengthening our workforce through encouraging and supporting employee communities where they already exist, as well as offering opportunities for engagement and creating new spaces for community growth.

Initiative Goals

Participants in the initiative will have the opportunity to:

  • Develop new relationships, expanding their networks and connections at the University.
  • Grow their knowledge of University and unit missions, goals, and operations.
  • Strengthen their engagement in their own roles, and within the context of Northwestern as a whole.

Event Types

Planned offerings of exciting out-of-office events and opportunities include:

  • Get To Know a School — Deans of Northwestern's schools and colleges open their doors to University employees for an informational session. Topics like the school’s history, research, and teaching will be discussed.
  • Get Out of the Office — These events feature some of the most interesting or little-known facilities and places on our Chicago and Evanston campuses, and offer an insider's guide with a facility representative.
  • Lunch & Learn — Participants in Lunch & Learn events will learn about exciting new developments from some of University's foremost researchers and teachers. Events include discussion time to ask questions and network with others.

Participants also have chances to win tickets to attend Northwestern special events with fellow employees, including sporting events, concerts, and theatre performances.

How To Participate

Community Building events are open to all Northwestern employees.* Events, including sign-up opportunities, are shared with employees through the following communications, as well as through this webpage:

*To ensure the opportunity for as many employees as possible to attend the event of their choice, we ask you to limit your attendance to one of each kind of event per year.


Upcoming Events

To be announced

Previous Events

HRD030 - Art for Lunch — March 26, 2015 — Mary & Leigh Block Museum of Art engagement manager Cynthia Noble led attendees on an exclusive lunchtime gallery tour of the Block Museum's winter exhibition, Collecting Paradise: Buddhist Art of Kashmir and Its Legacies.

HRD031 - Sights and Stories on Campus — Since 1935, University Archives has been the official repository for materials, records, and documents chronicling Northwestern’s 164-year history. During this event, University archivist Kevin Leonard will lead a walking tour of important and interesting historical sites on the Evanston campus.

This event includes lunch (provided) and great opportunities for networking. Participation is free, but advance registration is required. Attendance is limited to 30 participants.

  • Registration:
  • Event Date: May 28, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Evanston Campus
    • Registrants will receive location information
  • Maximum Participants: 30
  • Cost to Participants: No additional charge

The 157th Northwestern University Commencement — Energetic, knowledgeable, and dedicated Northwestern employees are invited to help out with the 157th Northwestern University Commencement. Volunteers at Ryan Field or at one of the other events during Commencement week will make a big difference in guests’ experience on campus. The 25 volunteers will be assigned one of three key roles: Hospitality Staff, Bus Stop Hosts, or Ticket Scanners.

All volunteers will be provided with breakfast, Northwestern garb specific to their roles, and very helpful training in how to create a memorable experience for degree candidates, their families, and the Northwestern community. For more information, please email Chael Wright-Isak in the Commencement Office at commencement@northwestern.edu or call (847) 491-3600.

  • Event Date: June 19, 2015
  • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Location: Ryan Field and other locations, Evanston Campus
  • Volunteers Needed: 25
  • Commencement Website: http://www.northwestern.edu/commencement
  • Note: While the event itself takes place on June 19, volunteers will begin some advance training in early June.

HRD032 - New Frontiers: Affecting Health Behaviors through Technology — Center for Behavioral Intervention Technologies director David Mohr and his team will demonstrate some of the behavioral intervention technologies under development in the CBITs labs. These web, mobile, and sensor innovations help people make positive behavior changes to improve health and wellness.

This event includes lunch (provided) and great opportunities for networking. Participation is free, but advance registration is required. Attendance is limited to limited to 50 participants.

  • Registration:
  • Event Date: August 17, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Chicago Campus
    • Registrants will receive location information
  • Maximum Participants: 50
  • Cost to Participants: No additional charge

HRD033 - Eula Biss in Conversation — Bestselling author and Weinberg College senior lecturer Eula Biss will discuss and sign copies of her newest book, On Immunity: An Inoculation, which was a finalist for the 2014 National Book Critics Circle Award. In On Immunity, Biss draws from numerous scientific and historical sources to examine modern attitudes toward vaccinations. Free copies of the book will be provided.

This event includes lunch (provided) and great opportunities for networking. Participation is free, but advance registration is required. Attendance is limited to 50 participants.

  • Registration:
  • Event Date: August 21, 2015
  • Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
  • Location: Evanston Campus
    • Registrants will receive location information
  • Maximum Participants: 50
  • Cost to Participants: No additional charge

Note: Funding from the Catalyst Workgroup has made it possible to offer these events to all Northwestern employees at no additional charge.