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Multicultural Student Affairs

Enriching the Cultural Experience of Northwestern

Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) enriches the cultural experience of Northwestern through leadership and education programming; providing opportunities for community engagement and identity expression; and assisting students in navigating the University.

Coronavirus/COVID19 Update

In efforts to minimize COVID-19  exposure, The Multicultural Center and Temporary Black House
are closed until further notice.  Please check out the MSA COVID-19  update 
page for up to date contact information and events calendar.

MSA Updates

Upcoming Events


March 31, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Join MSA for the first virtual Harvest, a monthly dinner and discussion series on topics important to Indian Country and...

Q-mmunity Weekly Check-In

March 31, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Q-mmunity Check-Ins will be a LGBTQIA+ student-centered space for conversation and community hosted by MSA and CAPS. 

Tarot Time

April 1, 5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Join MSA on Instagram Live for a weekly reflection inspired by the practice of tarot card readings. Two MSA staff member...

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Land Acknowledgement 

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Northwestern is a community of learners situated within a network of historical and contemporary relationships with Native American tribes, communities, parents, students, and alumni. It is also in close proximity to an urban Native American community in Chicago and near several tribes in the Midwest.



 The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa. It was also a site of trade, travel, gathering and healing for more than a dozen other Native tribes and is still home to over 100,000 tribal members in the state of Illinois.


Our Commitment

It is within Northwestern's responsibility as an academic institution to disseminate knowledge about Native peoples and the institution's history with them. Consistent with the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion, Northwestern works towards building relationships with Native American communities through academic pursuits, partnerships, historical recognitions, community service and enrollment efforts.

Find out more information here

Our Spaces

Multicultural Student Affairs oversees three different spaces on campus.  Visit our locations page for more information about each of our spaces.