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Black House Facility Review

Review of Black House Listening Sessions

A series of four Listening Sessions began October 14, 2016 for Northwestern students, staff, faculty, and alumni to give feedback on the proposal for Campus Inclusion & Community to move two of its offices into the Black House. A committee of Northwestern students, faculty, and alumni is charged with providing recommendations on the purpose and use of the Black House. 

Members of the Northwestern community were welcome to attend any of the four sessions. Attendees had the opportunity to comment on the proposed changes and share their concerns and ideas before their peers and the Black House Facility Review Committee. A brief presentation was given by staff to provide overall context. Dr. Jamie Washington, President and founder of The Washington Consulting Group and a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, moderated the open dialogue. 

Your Participation

These Listening Sessions will focus on the audience’s contributions, stories, and opinions, providing additional information to move forward with the space in the Black House.

In order to participate in all parts of the dialogue, attending at least one Listening Session is best. For community members who cannot attend the events in person and would like share their feedback, an online form is available through the end of November. 

The Black House Facilities Review Committee will use the information at all four listening sessions and the online feedback form to present recommendations. The recommendations will not be the conclusion or final decision, but give a strong sense of how we might move forward.

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About the Facilitator

The Reverend Dr. Jamie Washington served as facilitator of these listening sessions. Dr. Washington is an internationally known educator, writer and consultant on multicultural education and organizational development with over 31 years of experience. He is a founding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute, and has worked with a number of business and non-profit organizations, including Shell Oil Corporation, Wachovia Bank, the Human Rights Campaign, and the American College Personnel Association.

Dr. Washington holds a Ph.D. in College Student Development with a concentration in Multicultural Education from the University of Maryland, College Park. He also holds a Master of Divinity from Howard University. He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and serves as an Associate Minister at Unity Fellowship Church of Baltimore.