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About Us

Our History

Campus Inclusion & Community evolves and grows each year. Here's why and how.

The preceding structure was decentralized and didn't meet students' needs.

  • In Spring 2012 students identified a need for intentional interactions across lines of difference. In Fall 2012, Campus Inclusion and Community was created (now Social Justice Education).
  • In Fall 2012 a group of students approached the administration concerning the lack of comprehensive support for first generation students and low income students. A focus group was conducted in Spring 2013, and Student Affairs administrators worked to establish Student Enrichment Services in Fall 2014.
  • A 2014 survey conducted by Multicultural Student Affairs and a program review of the office that same year together found that while some segments of the student body are well served, there were gaps in its reach. Students felt excluded and called for programming with a focus on intersectionality.

View the projected organizational chart for Campus Inclusion & Community (PDF).

Our New Model

The Adapted Tri-Sector Model for Cultural Practice
  • With this new model, we reached those who hadn't been reached, and we had a greater positive impact on those we had. Additionally, CIC has served as a national model.
  • This new CIC has built organizational health to avoid staff burn out.
  • We have been proactive and responsive to student needs, and we made the partnerships across the University community in order to do this work well.
View the adapted Tri-Sector Model for Cultural Practice (PDF). The Tri-Sector Model for Cultural Practice (Jenkins & Walton, 2008) provides a framework for the new CIC based on 3 components: Education, Enrichment, and Engagement.


The mission of Campus Inclusion and Community is to work collaboratively with the university community to cultivate inclusive learning environments through the intentional engagement with difference.

Learning Outcomes

Students who engage in programs, activities, and services provided by Campus Inclusion and Community will be able to . . .

  • Acquire skills that will enable them to participate in effective dialogue across difference and foster an inclusive community. (Interpersonal Competence, Social Responsibility)
  • Understand their individual and collective responsibility to create safe, equitable, and inclusive communities (Social Responsibility)
  • Understand the impact of their identities on their development as leaders. (Personal Development)
  • Identify barriers to inclusiveness and actively work to create equitable communities. (Social Responsibility)

Our Strategic Plan

In the Spring of 2016, the staff of Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) and a group of Campus Partners came together develop a six-year strategic plan for the area.  After several months of research and discussion, a strategic plan was prepared. You can view a digital copy of of the strategic plan here. If you would like a hardcopy, please send an email to Daphne Nwankpa in Campus Inclusion and Community. 

As you review the document, we would like to call your attention to the following: 

  • The mission statements for CIC and its three units. (p. 5, 8-9)
  • The vision for the strategic plan. (p. 9)
  • An invitation for all university constituents to find their place within the strategic plan. (p. 10)
  • The goal categories of the strategic plan. (p. 12-15)

Thank you for your continued support of CIC. We look forward to your partnership in achieving our strategic vision of championing a campus culture where all students thrive. 

Make A Gift

Please consider making a financial donation to Campus Inclusion & Community (CIC). Your gift will truly make a big difference in the lives of our students during their time here at Northwestern University. Your donation to CIC helps us continue to build our community through education, advocacy, and opportunities.

No matter how large or small, your contribution is a pledge to support CIC’s commitment to student success. On behalf of the students we serve, thanks in advance for your generosity! Visit the CIC gift page to make a gift.