Learning Domain - Social Responsibility

The Social Responsibility domain recognizes our increasingly diverse and interdependent world and is deeply rooted in fostering a shared commitment to social justice. Social responsibility is the purposeful, collaborative pursuit of safe, equitable, and thriving communities through one’s self-knowledge, leadership, and advocacy. 

Learning Outcome

Students who participate in Student Affairs programs, activities and services will demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to social justice and apply that knowledge to create safe, healthy, equitable, and thriving communities.


Social Justice

  • Applies awareness, understanding, and appreciation of cultural and human differences to personal and professional situations
  • Creates and fosters inclusive communities
  • Identifies and seeks to remove systemic barriers to equality and inclusiveness
  • Challenges oppressive systems and behaviors and works to create change

Civic Engagement

Northwestern University students undertaking an experiment

  • Identifies and addresses needs of community members
  • Develops an awareness of social problems
  • Recognizes and upholds shared ethical values and standards
  • Exercises ethical leadership to meet group, organization or community goals
  • Actively engages in civic, political, and community activities
  • Develops global awareness
  • Demonstrates effective stewardship of human, economic and environmental resources

Examples of Programs, Activities, and Services

Below are some examples of programs, activities, and services where students can learn about social responsibility:

  • Study abroad
  • Residential living
  • Student organizations
          and leadership positions
  • Student leadership
          positions and training
  • Community service/Service
  • Student employment
  • Student governance groups
  • Student conduct boards
  • Open forums, speakers,
          teach-ins, activism
          and protests
  • Leadership development
  • Advisory boards
  • Sustained dialogue programs
  • Diversity programming
  • Leadership courses and
  • Essential NU programs
  • Inclusion Task Force
  • Bias Incident Response Team
  • Community Assistant training
  • Heritage month celebrations
  • MSA Inc speaker series
  • Pre-Wildcat Welcome
  • Wildcat Welcome peer
          adviser training
  • Safe Space training
  • This We Believe
  • Community Assistant training
  • Fraternity/Sorority
          officer training
  • Greek Emerging
          Leader training
  • Freshman Emerging
          Leader training
  • Norris Center
          Manager training
  • Associated Student
          Government (ASG)
  • Student Organization
          Finance Organization (SOFO)
  • Student conduct boards
          (administrative hearing
          or UHAS)
  • Red Watch Band training
  • Responsible Action Protocol

Personal Development | Interpersonal Competence | Social Responsibility | Cognitive and Practical Skills