Black House Facility Review

Black House Listening Sessions begin October 14

A series of four Listening Sessions will begin Wednesday, October 14 for Northwestern students, staff, faculty, and alumni to give feedback on the proposal for Campus Inclusion & Community to move two of its offices into the Black House. A committee of Northwestern students, faculty, and alumni is charged with providing recommendations on the purpose and use of the Black House. 

Members of the Northwestern community are welcome to attend any of the four sessions. Attendees will have the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes and share their concerns and ideas before their peers and the Black House Facility Review Committee. A brief presentation will be given by staff to provide overall context. Dr. Jamie Washington, President and founder of The Washington Consulting Group and a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, will moderate the open dialogue.

Listening Sessions Schedule

Date Time Location Recording
October 14, 2015 12:00 - 1:30 pm Parkes Hall, 1870 Sheridan Road.
Entry and queuing will be on the west side of the building.
View recording online here
October 14, 2015 6:00 - 7:30pm Parkes Hall, 1870 Sheridan Road.
Entry and queuing will be on the west side of the building.
View recording online here
November 16, 2015 12:00 - 1:30 pm Wildcat Room (Room #101), Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive View recording online here
November 20, 2015 5:00 - 6:30 pm Guild Lounge, Scott Hall, 601 University Place View recording online here

Doors will open 30 minutes prior to each session. Seating is limited.

Your Participation

These Listening Sessions will focus on the audience’s contributions, stories, and opinions, providing additional information to move forward with the space in the Black House.

In order to participate in all parts of the dialogue, attending at least one Listening Session is best. For community members who cannot attend the events in person and would like share their feedback, an online form is available through the end of November. 

The Black House Facilities Review Committee will use the information at all four listening sessions and the online feedback form to present recommendations. The recommendations will not be the conclusion or final decision, but give a strong sense of how we might move forward.

Black House and Cahn Auditorium Viewing Locations

Live viewings will take place at the Black House and at Cahn Auditorium during all four Listening Sessions. Doors at both locations will open 30 minutes prior to each session.

Live Stream

The Listening Sessions will be streamed online. Click here to view the live stream.

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About the Facilitator

The Reverend Dr. Jamie Washington will serve as facilitator of these listening sessions. Dr. Washington is an internationally known educator, writer and consultant on multicultural education and organizational development with over 31 years of experience. He is a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, and has worked with a number of business and non-profit organizations, including Shell Oil Corporation, Wachovia Bank, the Human Rights Campaign, and the American College Personnel Association.

Dr. Washington holds a Ph.D. in College Student Development with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Howard University. He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and serves as an Associate Minister at Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore.