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Leadership for Racial Equity

The Leadership for Racial Equity Program is a cohort-based program that launched for the first time in Winter 2023 that provides a tight-knit, social justice-oriented community for undergraduate students at Northwestern University with a focus on racial equity and racial justice in Evanston, IL.    

In year two of the program, the focus has shifted to supporting the local school district 65. Therefore, all students involved in the cohort will be working in and with a district 65 school throughout the span of the 2023-2024 academic year. NU students will work as AVID tutors for 4 hours each week of the winter and spring quarters. Fall quarter (starting week 5 will be focused on community building within the cohort and learning more about education equity in the context of Evanston as a full cohort).  

The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for students to learn about grassroots racial equity efforts and to grow and apply their knowledge and lived experiences through hands-on community engagement initiatives focused on racial justice. The hyper local focus on the Evanston/Skokie school district enhances NU students’ connection to the local community and creates opportunity for students to be involved in direct service work focused on education equity.    

The Leadership for Racial Equity program is open to all undergraduate students with no prerequisites or barriers for entry.  3rd and 4th year students are highly encouraged to apply!


Learning Outcomes for NU students include:   

  • Expand their understanding of self and others through an intersectional, anti-racist lens   
  • Learn more about their personal values, strengths, and interests to develop their leadership style to create positive social change   
  • Articulate how their leadership style can contribute to a more socially-just community and society   
  • Articulate their personal definitions of leadership and community engagement and to channel those to grow as positive change makers 

Who Can Join? 

Why Should I Join? 

Time Commitment 

*Applications are open for the 2023-2024 cohort. Apply here by October 8th at 11:59 pm.   

Please contact Daniella Feijoo (she/her) (, Assistant Director for LDCE with any questions.