This We Believe


During the 2011-2012 academic year a group of Northwestern staff were tasked with implementing and assessing the Spirituality learning domain of the Division of Student Affairs. Food, insight, dialogue, and laughter were always a part of these gatherings and it is not insignificant that the idea to adapt NPR's "This I Believe" for our use was materialized over Korean BBQ.

This We Believe Northwestern is based on the popular National Public Radio program, "This I Believe," ( where regular people create and share short essays reflecting on an aspect of their personal philosophy. Organizations throughout the country have developed their own versions of the program, and have built community and space for reflection.

At Northwestern, we successfully piloted the program in the spring of 2012. Over four weeks, small groups meet over a meal to write and share their own essays in a supportive environment. We have already built deeper connections with students, staff, and faculty and have engaged the mind, hearts, and spirits of our campus community.