CIC Changes

Campus Inclusion and Community is changing. Here's why.

The preceding structure was decentralized and didn't meet students' needs.

  • In Spring 2012 students identified a need for intentional interactions across lines of difference. In Fall 2012, Campus Inclusion and Community was created (now Social Justice Education).
  • In Fall 2012 a group of students approached the administration concerning the lack of comprehensive support for first generation students and low income students. A focus group was conducted in Spring 2013, and Student Affairs administrators worked to establish Student Enrichment Services in Fall 2014.
  • A 2014 survey conducted by Multicultural Student Affairs and a program review of the office that same year together found that while some segments of the student body are well served, there were gaps in its reach. Students felt excluded and called for programming with a focus on intersectionality. 

Our new model. The Adapted Tri-Sector Model for Cultural Practice.

The Tri-Sector Model for Cultural Practice (Jenkins & Walton, 2008) provides a framework for the new CIC based on 3 components: Education, Enrichment, and Engagement. With this new model, we can reach those who haven’t been reached, and we can have a greater positive impact on those we have.

Final thoughts:

  • With this new model, we can reach those who haven’t been reached, and we can have a greater positive impact on those we have. Additionally, CIC can serve as a national model.
  • This new CIC will build organizational health and avoid staff burn out.
  • We can be proactive and responsive to student needs, and we can make the partnerships across the University community in order to do this work well.

We want to hear from you. Share your feedback with us.

Email inclusion@northwestern.edu.