Meet The Staff

Kelly A. Schaefer, Ph.D.

Kelly A. Schaefer

Assistant VP for Student Engagement


Dr. Kelly A. Schaefer has been part of the Northwestern Student Affairs division since January 2012 as the Norris University Center’s Executive Director and as of July 2015 Kelly is the Assistant Vice President for Student Engagement. A long-time student advocate since her undergraduate days as a Resident Advisor, Kelly will oversee the areas of Campus Inclusion and Community; including Multicultural Student Affairs and Student Enrichment Services; Religious Life; and the Center for Student Involvement, which also includes Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Under her leadership as Executive Director of Norris, Norris transformed into a student-focused, inclusive and engaging environment for all members of the university community. Kelly also carries this approach into the planning of the new University Commons, by engaging students, staff, and community members in the process. In addition to her work at Norris, Kelly has advised NU Threads and the Graduate Student Association, two examples of her strong commitment to student development.

Prior to Northwestern, Kelly served as the Director of Campus and Conference Centers and co-managed the campus dining program at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. While at IIT, Kelly exceeded university thresholds for student satisfaction in 92% of her operations and programs. Kelly also advised the Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority.

Previous to her tenure at IIT, Kelly served as the Assistant Director of Student Centers for DePaul University where she partnered with the Office for Student Involvement to integrate Student Center operations and programming. While at DePaul, Kelly advised Spectrum, the gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans*, and queer group on campus. She also presented a webinar to a national audience of 250 professionals about advising and supervising.

Her creative approach, new ideas and solutions have garnered her wide-spread support and respect across the University. Additionally, her collaborative and open leadership style will certainly be valuable in her new role, as she works with multiple stakeholders and all our students to truly be engaged in their Northwestern experience.

Myrtie Williams

Myrtie Williams

Administrative Assistant for Student Engagement


Myrtie recently rejoined the Northwestern campus community after completing her master’s degree in Cultural Studies from the University of California Davis. At UC Davis Myrtie conducted research to study how social media interactions affect social identity formation among niche-groups as a segue to thinking about challenges toward racial identity formation among Black women of the millennial generation.

As a class of ’12 Northwestern alumna, Myrtie considers to have gotten her start in Student Affairs while working in Northwestern’s own Norris University Center as an undergraduate student. She is passionate about affecting the experience of students from underrepresented backgrounds as they navigate higher education, and she is excited to be back on her old stomping grounds at Northwestern’s Evanston campus.