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Global Engagement Coalition

Global Engagement Coalition

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. Applications for the 2022-23 Global Engagement Coalition will be due during the fall quarter.

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 Global Engagement Coalition meetings which encourage the building of communities and allies in confronting global social, economic, political and environmental challenges. 
  • Designate 2-4 officers/members to regularly attend these meetings. Buffett will convene twice quarterly Coalition meetings 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 goalsApplications for the 2022-23 Global Engagement Coalition will be due during the fall quarter. Check back here for application link and details.

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. Groups seeking funding to support a student-led event or conference should consider how funds will assist the group with producing policy proposals, social impact, etc. 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. 

2021-22 Affiliated Student Groups

Global Research and Consulting Group (GRC)
Menstrual Equity Activists
Engineers Without Borders (EWB)
Pan-African Students Union (PASU)
Global Engagement Summit (GES)
Northwestern University Community for Human Rights (NUCHR)
U7+ Student Forum