Activism and Organizing ResourcesActivism and organizing are essential drivers of social change both on and off college campuses. Students have brought energy and vision to social change movements for generations. Northwestern has a deep history of activism, and we support students' rights to advocate, organize, and mobilize.
LDCE provides programming to educate and train students in the skills of organizing and advocacy. There are also fantastic, free resources available online to help you think through organizing philosophies and ethics, building power, strategy and tactics, messaging, coalition building, lobbying, and organizational development.
- They Demanded Courageously: The 1968 Northwestern Bursar's Office Takeover, Archive of Northwestern Black students' organizing and action to demand an end to discriminatory practices on campus and in the Evanston community.
- Racial Equity Tools: Community Organizing, Database of case studies, thought pieces, and toolkits
- Beautiful Trouble, Toolbox of ideas and skills for organizing
- The Commons Social Change Library, Database of resources for advocacy, activism, and organizing
- How to Understand Power, Eric Liu
- My Role in a Social Change Ecosystem, Deepa Iyer
- Organizing: People, Power, Change; adapted from Marshall Ganz’ work
- Four Roles of Social Activism, The MAP Model
If you are planning a demonstration or bringing speakers to campus as part of your campaign, you should familiarize yourself with Northwestern's policies.