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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.

Land Acknowledgement 

students together on the lakefront

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.

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Our Spaces

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

MSA Updates

Upcoming Events

Campus Nature Walk

November 12, 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
Weber Arch, Sheridan Rd & Chicago Ave

Join us once a week for a campus walk led by a Northwestern community member. These walks will aid in building our relat...

Smudging Ceremony

November 13, 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Parkes Hall, 1870 Sheridan Road

Smudging is the practice of burning sage and/or other medicines for cleansing, purifying and healing purposes. Join us o...

Let's Talk

November 13, 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Let’s Talk is a program that provides drop-in consultations at locations around campus for Northwestern students. It’s f...