October 2013 Meeting Notes

Meeting Agenda

Agenda Presenters
Introduction Nina Modi
Updates Jill Brazel and Alison May

Dean of Students Website

Melissa Goldstein
NUHelp Melissa Goldsten
Campus Inclusion and Community Andres Carrasquillo
Reminders Nina Modi

Introduction of Attendees

Attendees were asked to introduce themselves, including department and role.

Introduction to Meeting

Welcome to the group and we appreciate the participation. Our goal for these monthly group meetings is to provide training, resources, information and guidance so that each department will have all the support to maintain and enhance their websites. We encourage everyone to attend as many meetings as possible. 

WCUG Updates

Website Redesign - Jill Brazel

  • Homepages will be all redone first, then the rest of the sites.
  • Design for all the pages is done.  It is in the hands of SAIT to do all the coding. 
  • Jill and Nina will be meeting with departments next week to discuss needs.
  • Your content should be ready and updated by January. 

Students with Disabilities Updates - Alison May

  • We are hosting a virtual accessible technology conference. It will be streamed in Norris and Foster Walker. Email with details to follow.


Dean of Students Website Presentation - Melissa Goldstein

  • DOS revamped the content of the website this summer through a long process.
  • DOS met with Nina to brainstorm content updates.  Nina faciliated a brainstorming activity with the staff. 
  • Nina and Melissa then created a mindmap to visually present the brainstorming ideas. 
  • As DOS was updating their policies and procedures, they were writing and uploading new content for the website.
  • They created a timeline to address each section of the website.  While the goals were not always met in a timely manner, having the timeline helped to keep them on track.

NU Help - Melissa Goldstein

  • This website was born out of Todd’s collaboration with ASG. 
  • ASG wanted a way for non-CAs to get help for their friends in need. 
  • They have recently updated language to “share a concern” instead of “report a concern” to eliminate some feels of “getting someone in trouble.” 
  • The site is meant for students, faculty, staff and parents. 
  • It is highly marketed for increased visibility and consumption.
  • For staff in the division, it is just as effective to call the DOS office during business hours to share a concern as it is to submit one on the website. 
  • If you share a concern, the message is delivered through Maxient. Todd, Mona, Katrina, Lance and any relevant others will get a notification.  

Campus Inclusion and Community - Andres Carrasquillo

“Phase 2” of website redesign is underway:


  • Build site infrastructure to publish new information
  • Anticipate future growth of the department
  • Facilitate further revisions
  • Original website did not reflect actual work being done


  • Time
  • Organization of information
  • Tables
  • YouTube VideosCaptioning is a must


  • On-the-fly Cascade-ing and Mindmeister
  • Department think tanks and learning outcomes
  • SAIT
  • Added tabs to the main navigation


  • Work on your content!
  • If you have specific major changes to make to your website, let Student Affairs Marketing know, and they can help you. 
  • Be sure to unpublish your pages. 

Adjourn Meeting

Questions? contact Nina Modi:

Email: n-modi@northwestern.edu

Telephone: 847.467.2423