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Northwestern Organizations and Groups

Find departments and student groups related to the Native American inclusion initiative.


The Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance is an undergraduate organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring the interests of the community of American Indian students and those who seek decolonization at NU. Sign up for the Listserv.

Visit Northwestern University's Native American and Indigenous Student Association (NAISA) website

IGSC (formerly CINAS)

The graduate student organization, Indigenous Graduate Student Collective (ISGC), formerly the Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies ( CINAS), is a group that is open to all and aims to build a thriving on-campus community for Indigenous students, staff, faculty as well as non-Indigenous co-conspirators; grow Northwestern’s relations with surrounding Indigenous communities and nations, both locally and internationally; and promote and stimulate conversations on Indigenous peoples in the Americas and globally at Northwestern University. IGSC seeks to engage, discuss and complicate ideas of Indigeneity, belonging, sovereignty, resurgence, decolonization, resistance and genocide by engaging with scholars, artists, and activists who are concerned with these issues.

Visit the Indigenous Graduate Student Collective (IGSC) website

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) is Northwestern University’s primary institutional space dedicated to advancing scholarship, teaching, learning, and artistic or cultural practices related to Native American and Indigenous communities, priorities, histories, and lifeways. 

Visit Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) website

Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

The mission of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is to help create and sustain a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all Northwestern community members including students, faculty, staff and alumni. 

Learn more about OIDI's initiatives around Native American and Indigenous inclusion

Visit Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion website

Multicultural Student Affairs

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.

Visit the Multicultural Student Affairs website

International Program Development

Stemming from its interest in global health, and its administration of the Global Health Studies program, IPD offers courses on Native American Health in Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, and Spring 2017. IPD is also organizing a number of activities designed to provide opportunities for students to learn about contemporary Native American culture and society. As part of this effort, IPD is collaborating with units and departments throughout the university to coordinate a multidisciplinary lecture series that will bring scholars and practitioners of interest to campus.

Visit International Program Development website

Native American Law Student Association

NALSA provides a supportive community for prospective and current Northwestern Native American students. The Association promotes inclusion, involvement, professional development, and success of Native Americans in law school and in the legal profession. In addition, NALSA is actively involved with the Native community in the Chicago area and is affiliated with organizations that aim to increase the representation of Native Americans in the legal profession. NALSA is committed to raising awareness by hosting events and programming to increase discussion of various topics that include Native American legal history, culture, representation and current issues.

Visit Native American Law Student Association website


Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (MEChA) de Northwestern is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura and historia.

Visit MEChA de NU website

Northwestern Libraries

The Northwestern University Libraries Diversity and Inclusion Task Force recently expanded library resources to support interdisciplinary teaching, learning and research for Native American and Indigenous Studies.

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University Archives

University Archives will soon house a collection of documents donated by NAISA relating to the instantiation of the John Evans Study Report and the Native American inclusion initiative.

Visit Northwestern University Archives website