Throughout the year, AASA sponsors many events for students to enjoy. Many of the programs are co-sponsored by student groups and various university departments. If you are interested in assisting, please email for more information.

MSA First-Year Activities Board

Through MSA's First-Year Activities Board, you will meet and connect with other first-year students from around the University, learn about important resources designed to help you succeed at Northwestern, and develop important leadership skills that will last a lifetime. It's a fun, easy, and unique way of getting involved on campus. Membership is open to any first-year student. Don't wait! Fill out the membership form and join today!

Welcome Home Reception

Alumni gathering in the Black House for the Welcome Home Reception 2011.Every year for Homecoming, AASA opens the Black House to welcome home our alumni. Come enjoy food, laughter, old friends, and great memories over refreshments and music.

The JOY: NU's Black Congratulatory

Black Congratulatory 2013The Journey of Our Years, or The JOY, is our way of recognizing and celebrating all of NU's Black graduates. While the event has a special emphasis on our undergraduates, participation is open to any and all NU graduates who might want to participate. The JOY 2014 will take place on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 at 1pm in Harris Hall rm. 107. The event is sponsored by African American Student Affairs, The Department of African American Studies Department and NU's Black Alumni Association.

Check out this video, 'A Tribute to Parents,' from The JOY 2014:

African American Heritage Award

The African American Heritage Award is given to one graduating senior at the Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) Senior Celebration during the end of spring quarter.

Award inscription:

The African American Heritage Award is given in recognition of the individual who has demonstrated commitment, dedication, insight, leadership, and perseverance in his/her approach to life through continuous service to and support of the Northwestern African American community.

Past Recipients:

  • 2013: Kerease Epps
  • 2012: Amin Elsaeed
  • 2011: Makda Fessahaye
  • 2010: Corey Winchester
  • 2009: Jeniece Fleming
  • 2008: Randall Todd Johnson
  • 2007: Julian Hall
  • 2006: Keticia Guter

Black History Month

The NU community highlights African and African American culture through a variety of events, including guest speakers, panel discussions, films, social gatherings, theatrical performances and literary forums, just to name a few.

Check out the 2013 Black History Month Calendar here!

Check out the 2012 Black History Month Calendar here!


Soul 4 Real enjoying Harambee 2013Swahili for “pull together,” Harambee is the kick-off event for Black History Month. It's co-sponsored by AASA and For Member's Only: NU's Black Student Alliance, and includes performances, food, and presentation of the Gardner-Exum Scholarship winners.