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Derek Nettingham

Assistant Director

Assistant Director

Email:  derek.nettingham@northwestern.edu

  • Where do you call home? 
    • I was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. But I am happy to call Chicago my new home! 
  • What do you do at Northwestern? 
    • I will be working primarily to provide salient, powerful, and authentic resources for historically marginalized students on Northwestern’s campus. I will specifically be serving students who identify across the Black and African Diaspora.  
  • What groups/ committees/ communities are you a part of at NU? 
    • Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) and Campus Inclusion & Community (CIC) 
  • What are you passionate about? 
    • I am extremely passionate about student advocacy and uplifting marginalized voices both on campus and in the community. I likewise am a firm believer in the power of global networking in the fight for equity/inclusion across the world.  
  • What are some moments/ accomplishments/ projects that you have been proud of? 
    • One of my proudest moments was speaking in the United Nations Conference Center (Bangkok, Thailand) at a Humanitarian Affairs Asia Summit. I was able to speak about the Black American experience and the importance of global solidarity while BIPOC folks are pushing back against oppression in their home countries.  
    • I am also extremely proud to have interviewed THE Dr. Angela Davis during The University of Chicago’s 2021 Juneteenth celebration.  
  • Where can you be found around campus?  
    • The Black House 
  • What do you like to do in your spare time? 
    • When I am not in the gym or working out from home, you will find me riding my bike around the South Side and stopping by small local spots to eat!  
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