Northwestern Believes

During the 2011-2012 academic year a group of Northwestern staff were tasked with implementing and assessing the Spirituality learning domain of the Division of Student Affairs. Food, insight, dialogue, and laughter were always a part of these gatherings and it is not insignificant that the idea to adapt NPR's "This I Believe" for our use was materialized over Korean BBQ.

Northwestern Believes (formerly known as This We Believe Northwestern) is based on the popular National Public Radio program, "This I Believe," where regular people create and share short essays reflecting on an aspect of their personal philosophy. Organizations throughout the country have developed their own versions of the program, and have built community and space for reflection.

At Northwestern, we successfully piloted the program in the spring of 2012 and sessions run during the Fall and Winter Quarters. During a half day retreat and a follow-up session, small groups meet over a meal to write and share their own essays in a supportive environment. An annual lunch is held each spring to share participants “belief statements” with the entire community. We have already built deeper connections with students, staff, and faculty and have engaged the mind, hearts, and spirits of our campus community.

Check out one of these belief statements!

For more information contact Eric Budzynski.