Campus Inclusion & Community Umbrella
Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) is an umbrella unit comprised of Social Justice Education, Multicultural Student Affairs, and Student Enrichment Services. CIC continues to grow and evolve each year. For a quick visual of where SJE fits into this umbrella, please refer to the image on the right.
Below you will find a little history about how and why CIC was formed.
The preceding structure was decentralized and didn't meet students' needs.
- In Spring 2012 students identified a need for intentional interactions across lines of difference. In Fall 2012, Campus Inclusion and Community was created (now Social Justice Education).
- In Fall 2012 a group of students approached the administration concerning the lack of comprehensive support for first generation students and low income students. A focus group was conducted in Spring 2013, and Student Affairs administrators worked to establish Student Enrichment Services in Fall 2014.
- A 2014 survey conducted by Multicultural Student Affairs and a program review of the office that same year together found that while some segments of the student body are well served, there were gaps in its reach. Students felt excluded and called for programming with a focus on intersectionality.
Our New Model
The Adapted Tri-Sector Model for Cultural PracticeOur new model was finalized on May 1, 2014. To finalize this model, what was formerly known as "Campus Inclusion and Community" became its own department: Social Justice Education. Multicultural Student Affairs, a longstanding department at Northwestern, was added to the umbrella, as was the newly founded Student Enrichment Services.
With this new model, we reached those who hadn't been reached, and we had a greater positive impact on those we had. Additionally, CIC has served as a national model.
- This new CIC has built organizational health to avoid staff burn out.
- We have been proactive and responsive to student needs, and we made the partnerships across the University community in order to do this work well.