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Chelsea O'Neil Karcher

Interim Director

Interim Director


  • Where do you call home?
    • My family is from Wisconsin and I currently live in Chicago.
  • What do you do at Northwestern?
    • I am one of the Assistant Directors of Social Justice Education. I am primarily responsible for managing the Sustained Dialogue program, facilitating workshops, and creating opportunities for learning and engagement related to social justice for Northwestern.
  • What groups/committees/communities are you a part of at NU?
    • I am most connected to my colleagues within Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC), together we work to create spaces where students of all identities and lived experiences can thrive at Northwestern.
  • What are you passionate about?
    • I'm passionate about creating a world free of violence and suffering and the deep, transformative, and collaborative work that will need to happen in order to get there. 
  • What are some moments/accomplishments/projects you have been proud of?
    • Before coming to Northwestern I co-founded the first LGBTQ counseling center in the state of Wisconsin. There I was a practicing art therapist, full spectrum birth doula, and social justice educator. I worked to provide direct care services and shift culture so LGBTQ people of all ages and identities could thrive.
  • Where can you be found around campus?
    • If I'm not in Scott Hall, I like to find time to be outside by the water.
  • What do you like to do in your spare time?
    • Baking elaborate cakes with unique flavors and designs, listening to True Crime podcasts, creating or supporting community organizing/service projects, Reading non-fiction (especially memoirs),  making art, and snuggling with my animals.