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Student Leadership Development

Aside from the support of SOA, there is a wealth of other resources available for you and your registered student organization to support student leadership as well as recognize individual and group commitment towards Northwestern's values. These are all electives designed by offices at Northwestern to enhance the leadership experience of your students.

LDCE Programs

Grounding for Public Service (GPS)

Grounding for Public Service Club is a weekly learning and connecting space focused on social justice and equity education in Evanston and Chicago. GPS Club engages students in learning about the Evanston and Chicago community, including phsical environment, local culture, history, and people. We focus on growing our knowledge of Evanston and Chicago through a radical justice and equity lens. The goal is to build a community of informed and engaged citizens.

The GPS program meets on Tuesdays in Parkes Hall 120 from 5-6:30pm for free dinner, learning, and small group conversations. GPS is open to all with no prerequisites or barriers for entry. 

Community Engagement Coalition

Is your group actively engaging the Evanston and Chicago community? Learn more about the Community Engagement Coalition's work and how to get involved here.

Leadership Workshops

LDCE can coordinate custom workshops for your student organization. More information and request form for a workshop can be found here.

Organizing for Justice

Organizing for Justice teaches students how to advocate for effective, positive social change in their communities. More information about the Organizing for Justice program can be found on this page.

Leadership Framework

LDCE has developed a specialized framework for understanding leadership at Northwestern. This project is the result of years of gathering information from students and advisors, published research, and student development theory. The framework names our aspirations for students' leadership development so they may graduate with the foundations needed to engage in change. More information about the Leadership Framework here.

Social Justice Education Programs

Sustained Dialogue 

Sustained Dialogue (SD) is a student-facilitated program that encourages conversation across lines of difference with other Northwestern students. Students participate in weekly 90-minute sessions throughout the quarter. More information about SD here.

Peer Inclusion Educators

Peer Inclusion Educators (PIE) is a program started by students, for students, dedicated to fostering an inclusive learning environment by addressing issues surrounding personal awareness of social identities, power, privilege, oppression, and social justice with peers at Northwestern. More information about PIE here.

Career Development Support

Northwestern Career Advancement

Is your organization looking for campus partners to provide pre-professional programming or connections to employers? Northwestern Career Advancement can help members of student organizations showcase professional skills and prepare for fulfilling careers. NCA staff will work with student organizations to facilitate customized career-related workshops and can help your executive board connect with employers/alumni in a variety of industries. Your student leaders can fill out this form to request a presentation. We’re happy to work with advisors too! If you or your student leaders are interested in learning more about partnering with NCA, contact