Bias Incident Response Team

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BIRT and Respect NU

The Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) is a group of administrators who are committed to creating a proactive response to instances of hate and bias. When a student reports a bias/hate incident through Respect NU one of the BIRT members will support the student, connect them with the appropriate resources, and follow-up with them until the situation has been resolved.

BIRT and RespectNU are:

  • Systems that will assist students who report bias or hate incidents
  • Dedicated to fostering a welcoming and inclusive campus community for all students
  • Action oriented initiatives that will provide early intervention and education on acts of bias and hate for the campus community

BIRT and Respect NU are not:

  • Investigative units (BIRT will connect students with the Student Conduct Office or the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access as appropriate)
  • Replacements for existing reporting or support mechanisms at NU
  • Crisis or emergency services.  Any student in need of police intervention or immediate assistance should call the Northwestern University Police Department at 847-491-3246 or, if the student is not on campus, local police at 911.

Bias Incident Response Team

Name Title Department
Lesley-Ann Brown, Ph.D, Chair Director  Campus Inclusion and Community
Cassie Eskridge Senior Assistant Director Residential Services
Jason Hanson Coordinator for Student Organizations Center for Student Involvement
Devin Moss Director of the LGBT Resource Center Multicultural Student Affairs
Tahera Ahmad Associate University Chaplain Office of Religious Life