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Are you looking to get involved with Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA)? Take a look at some of the different ways that you can engage with the office.

Multicultural Student Affairs, in partnership with the Black House Renovation Steering Committee, is looking for committed and curious students who are invested in Northwestern's Black communities to join the newly established Black House Policy Committee. The charge of this committee is to develop student-centered policies and procedures for the Black House, that honor the legacy of the Black House, increase a sense of safety, security and encourage efficiency of operations. The Black House and the ways in which it supports Black student life at NU have evolved over the years. Since its inception, a lot has changed in our society and especially within higher education. We are faced with balancing the need for community building while also prioritizing safety. We have federal laws and city ordinances we must contend with, while still unapologetically naming we need a safe and brave space for our Black students. Given this context, some of the policies to be explored and decided upon include:
  • Safety & Security
    • Hours of operation
    • Access to space
    • Safety protocols 
  •  Reservations 
    • Data collection
    • Food and beverage
    • Cleaning
    • Amplified sound
    • Gatherings
The committee consisting of students, alumni, faculty and staff will come together bi-weekly beginning in January through March to learn the historical context of each of these policies, review benchmarking research from other institutions with similar facilities, meet with content area experts regarding law and policies, to then create new policies for the Fall 2021 academic year.

MSA is seeking student committee members who are committed to the legacy of the Black House, are willing to remain curious by asking questions and learning throughout this process, and finally feel a connection to uplifting and supporting Black students at Northwestern.
Qualifications for Students seeking to join the Black House Policy Committee:
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate student at Northwestern University for the Winter Quarter. 
  • Demonstrated investment in the Black communities at Northwestern 
  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills 
  • Ability to ask questions and provide perspective 
  • Experience engaging in discussions with diverse groups of people 
  • Must commit to attending bi-weekly meeting beginning in January through March
  • Must commit to completing tasks in between committee meetings 
Members of the Black House Renovation Steering Committee, the committee that has overseen the entire Black House renovation project, will review applications and select students to join the Black House Policy Committee. Multicultural Student Affairs will be convening the committee. 

Get Involved

  • Do you know someone who you would like to nominate to enter the selection process? Students are encouraged to nominate other students by submitting this nomination form.
  • If you are interested in applying for this committee, please fill out this application. 
A PDF file of the position description outlined on this page is available on this web page.  The deadline to apply and to submit a nomination is Wednesday, January 6 at 10:00 a.m. CST.

Multicultural Student Affairs will provide a monetary gift at the completion of the committee to student members.   

For more information, please contact Director of Multicultural Student Affairs, Daviree Velázquez Phillip at
Learn more about the anticipated opening at Updates: Campus Inclusion & Community - Northwestern University  

Office Assistants

MSA seeks creative, detailed oriented, and energetic Student Office Assistants who can manage multiple specialized projects and demonstrates a commitment to diversity and social justice. This position serves as the first point of contact for students, visitors, faculty and staff to one of our three spaces: Gender & Sexuality Resource Center, Multicultural Center, and The Black House.

Important Dates
  • Recruitment Timeline: Fall Quarter - Spring Quarter
  • Position start and end dates: Fall Quarter - Spring Quarter

Summer Internships

For the summer of 2020, MSA is seeking creative, detailed oriented and energetic Student Summer Interns who can manage specialized projects and demonstrates a commitment to diversity and social justice.

These internships are a blend of clerical assistance and specific summer projects.

Applications are now available for Summer Internships for Summer 2020.  Please read the full job description and complete the online application.  The deadline to apply is April 1.


MSA offers four Graduate Assistant positions. A graduate assistant is a part-time employee who is directly supervised by one of our full-time staff members. Each position serves as a content expert for one of the following student communities:

  • African-American/Black
  • Asian-American/Pacific Islander/Desi
  • Latinx
  • Native American/Indigenous
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer

In addition, the GA is also given the opportunity to work across communities by focusing on one or more of our major programming areas: Identity Engagement, Leadership & Education, and Institutional Navigation.

Recruitment Timeline:  Fall Quarter - Spring Quarter
Positions start and end dates: Fall Quarter - Spring Quarter.

For current opening, please visit the Campus Inclusion & Community page.