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Global Engagement Coalition

Global Engagement Coalition

**Applications closed until Fall 2024.**

Northwestern Buffett invites registered student organizations to join the Global Engagement Coalition and affiliate with the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs through a program of support and mentorship. Affiliated groups will participate in twice quarterly Global Engagement Coalition meetings and workshops (during winter and spring). These workshops will explore relevant themes in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), informed by the Northwestern Leadership Framework and according to principles of ethical practice for community-engaged learning, research and service.

The Global Engagement Coalition provides student group leaders the opportunity to:

  1. Participate in a community dedicated to confronting global challenges
  2. Explore issues of solidarity, social justice and ethical global engagement
  3. Develop capacities for collaborative, global leadership

Student groups who affiliate with Northwestern Buffett will:
  • Commit to participate in all Global Engagement Coalition meetings which encourage the building of communities and allies in confronting global social, economic, political and environmental challenges. Through its meeting and activities, the GEC provides mutual support and mentorship through peer-to-peer learning and opportunities to dialogue with community partners, local experts and scholars. 
  • Meetings are open to all affiliated student group members. Groups should designate at least 3-5 officers/members to regularly attend these meetings. Buffett will convene six Coalition meetings beginning in the fall quarter for student groups to develop a community of practice around shared commitments to these global challenges through reflection on planned programming and community concerns.
  • Receive invitations to events with campus speakers
  • Request that programming and events are promoted and highlighted through Buffett communications channels
  • Request space for meetings and events
  • Explore and make connections to an international network of partners institutions at the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs according to mutual objectives
  • Learn from faculty, staff, students and other experts committed to ethical global engagement
  • Request ad hoc advising from the Buffett Institute staff. The Buffett Institute does not have the capacity to formally advise all its affiliated student groups, but we are happy to meet with groups as issues or questions arise related to ethical global community engagement.
  • Commit to submitting a members list upon affiliating
  • Provide an annual report at the end of the academic year 

Which groups receive affiliation? We mentor co-curricular student groups that think critically and act responsibly with regard to the global social, economic, political and environmental issues they care about. Affiliated student groups’ missions and activities align with the Northwestern Buffett Institute’s mission and goals. Groups that affiliated with the coalition previously are encouraged to re-apply. Submit your group's application for the 2023-24 Global Engagement Coalition by October 15, 2023. 

What can funding support? Groups host yearlong programming that engages a vast network of students, community partners and the public through community engagement, global partnerships, advocacy/activism, education/public scholarship, and more.  Funding does not support student group winter/spring/summer break travel, or student publications. Student organizations submit annual proposals in response to an application process and must demonstrate how the organizations’ work aligns with Northwestern Buffett’s proposal criteria (see below). Most awards are expected to fall within the $500-$2500 range. Northwestern Buffett may consider larger awards for a small number of exceptional, high-impact projects. Representatives from affiliated student groups must commit to being present at every Coalition meeting during winter and spring quarters to receive full funding. 

Proposal Criteria
We encourage groups to consider how their activities advance a commitment to justice, global citizenship and social inclusion. Please provide specifics for how the funding will be used (brief description, links, supporting materials, budget, etc.), including a description of the target audience, anticipated timeline and impact. In addition, please include the expected benefit to your organization the Northwestern University and broader communities, including:

a)  A description of your core values as an organization
b)  How your student group mission and activities align with 1 or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs)
c)  Efforts you will make to center community and build an ethos of ethical engagement and collaboration in your organization


Join the Global Engagement Coalition!

Applications will open in Fall 2024

Build Community

All affiliated student groups commit to attending all Coalition meetings and submit an annual report at the end of the academic year.