BIRT and Respect NU

respect nu campiagn with nu athletes

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.

Current Bias Incident Response Team

  • Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson, Ph.D., Chair.
  • Stella Okeke
  • Eric Budzynski
  • Tracey Gibson-Jackson
  • Charles Andrean
  • Valronica Scales 
  • Jason McKean