Learning Domain - Interpersonal Competence

The Interpersonal competence domain focuses on students’ ability to interact with others and with the greater community. Competence in this domain includes the ability to foster and maintain healthy, mutually beneficial relationships with others, and the capacity for interdependence and collaboration.

Learning Outcome

Students who participate in Student Affairs programs, activities, and services will develop healthy, respectful, and collaborative relationships with others.



  • Seeks and considers feedback from others
  • Exhibits sensitivity and understanding of others’ perspectives in a respectful manner
  • Maintains healthy, mutually beneficial relationships with others
  • Effectively weaves and analyzes information from multiple sources and perspectives into a cohesive narrative
  • Employs narrative to engage people and call them to action
  • Acts in congruence with personal, organizational and community values and beliefs
  • Demonstrates leadership through role modeling, influence, and service

Civic Engagement

  • Demonstrates the ability to work with people of different genders, sexual orientations, races/ethnicities, nations, religions, socioeconomic statuses
  • Exhibits the ability to connect with others across communities
  • Adapt behaviors appropriately to live and work in an evolving, diverse world
  • Demonstrates care and concern for the welfare of others
  • Engages in community involvement and/or affiliation with on-campus organizations


  • Accepts responsibility for actions
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Recognizes how one’s personal actions affect other people and communities
  • Constructively resolves interpersonal conflicts

Examples of Programs, Activities, and Services

Below are some examples of programs, activities, and services where students can learn about interpersonal competence:

  • Administrative and Panel Hearing meetings and outcomes
  • Associated Student Government (ASG)
  • CARE
  • Community service days
  • Conflict mediation training
  • Council Transition Retreat
  • Drinking Culture Close Up Program
  • Emotional Intelligence Course (CAPS with McCormick)
  • Greek Leadership Retreat
  • Inclusion Task Force
  • Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS) training
  • NUActive Minds
  • Pre-Orientation Programs and training for counselors
  • Pre-Service Orientation
  • Question Persuade Refer (QPR) training
  • Real Talk: LGBTQIA Educational Workshop
  • Roommate agreements
  • Service & Slices community engagement program
  • Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE)
  • Student leader interview processes (NSFP)
  • Student Organization Finance Organization (SOFO) training
  • Student Organization Symposium
  • Student staff training in SAIT
  • Supports Starts Here
  • Sustained Dialogue
  • True Northwestern Dialogues
  • Wildcat Welcome Program
  • Wildcats Advancing Total Campus Wellness (WATCH) training