Residential College of Cultural & Community Studies (CCS)

David Rapp, Faculty Chair

David Rapp, Faculty Chair

Christina Russin, Associate Chair

Christina Russin, Associate Chair

Bennie Niles, Assistant Chair

Bennie Niles, Assistant Chair

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College Staff

  • Faculty Chair: David Rapp, Education & Social Policy/Psychology
  • Associate Chair: Christina Russin, Biological Sciences
  • Assistant Chair: Bennie Niles, African American Studies

Faculty Chair's Welcome

Founded in 1972, the College of Cultural and Community Studies (CCS) was Northwestern's first residential college. Yes, we started it all! Our residents include students from around the world with interests, both specific and general, in cultural exploration and current social issues. Our academic interests are incredibly diverse: Residents hail from all of the schools across campus, with majors in engineering, chemistry, economics, music, learning and organizational change, biology, communications studies, computer science, and psychology (to name a few!). Oftentimes their CCS interests connect directly with the major programs of study, but this need not be the case. A core theme with CCS involves our helping to inform residents about cultural and community activities that are relevant to their own lives, and that enrich their experiences at Northwestern University.

As Faculty Chair, my goal is to create and support activities that are both fun and intellectually engaging. This is easy because residents in CCS possess both of those qualities already. They are incredibly fun to be around, and they are eager to know more about the world. Our calendar is filled with events organized both by the College staff and myself, and by the residents of CCS. These include formal presentations and fireside talks with members of the Chicago community on contemporary cultural topics; informal discussions with NU faculty and administrators discussing their research interests and the intellectual resources available at the University; and trips to neighborhoods and cultural experiences introducing the rich traditions that drive the city of Chicago. And, of course, we have our favorite activities which include game night tournaments, and Faculty Chair's movie night where I select an amazing film for the group to enjoy. I should add here that almost all of our activities include food we are informally the foodie res college (which often includes ethnic delicacies or just tons of pizza and frozen custard).

Chris Russin is our Associate Chair she has been active with CCS for many years and brings her experience and enthusiasm to all of our activities. (Sometimes cookies too!) Bennie Niles is our Assistant Chair. Between the philanthropic activities planned by our Executive Board, the academic experiences we encourage through interactions with our Faculty Fellows, and recreational activities designed to keep you sane when coursework becomes onerous, the members of CCS all work together to ensure we are never without things to look forward to. The residents and the College staff are happy to talk with you more about the BEST residential college on campus: CCS!

College Of Cultural And Community Studies Fellows And Graduate Associates

Name Position Department
Geraldo Cadava Associate Professor History
Brady Clark Academic Adivisor WCAS Advising
Jaime Dominguez Academic Advisor WCAS Advising
Eli Finkel Professor Psychology
Myrna Garcia Academic Advisor WCAS Administration
William Horton Associate Professor Psychology
Daniel Molden Associate Professor Psychology
Maria Reyes Moran Assistant Professor of Instruction Spanish & Portuguese
Sonbinh Nguyen Professor Chemistry
Beth Redbird College Fellow Sociology
Andrew Rivers Distinguished Senior Lecturer Physics & Astronomy
William Russin Adjunct Lecturer Biotechnology Program
Tasha Ann Seago-Ramaly Senior Lecturer Spanish & Portuguese
Lilah Shapiro Assistant Professor of Instruction Education & Social Policy
Christine Wood Clinical Research Associate Feinberg