Skip to main content

Njoki Kamau

she / her / herspxl_20220928_182215238.jpg

Njoki Kamau joined the Women’s Center at Northwestern University in September 1991 as the Associate Director. She previously served as the Director of the Evanston/North Shore YWCA’s Domestic Violence Services program.

Njoki earned her MBA from Southern Methodist University, and she holds a Master’s in international management from the American Graduate School of International Management (AGSIM). She attended Nairobi University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in business administration. In 2007, Njoki was honored by Mayor Richard Daley as the recipient of the Chicago Distinguished Immigrant Award. Also in 2007, Njoki received the Greg Kindle Ally Award by the Northwestern University LGBT Resource Center. She has also been honored by the Organization of Women Faculty for her contributions to women at Northwestern.

Her article, “From Kenya to North America: One Woman’s Journey,” was published in Issue: A Journal of Opinion in 1996 and has been reprinted in No Easy Victories: African Liberation and American Activists over a Half Century, 1950-2000. A life-long community activist, Njoki works regularly with United to End Racism and other social justice organizations.

Areas of Focus

To assist our communities in finding the support and communication they need, we have outlined on these staff pages, the specific areas of focus each member of our staff oversees. Associate Director, Njoki Kamau leads our centers in the following areas:

Staff Engagement

Solution-Focused Feminist Coaching

Graduate Student Engagement

International Partnerships

  • Staff-facing programming. (example: Shujaa)
  • Collaborative organization on evens open to all university roles. (example: International Women's Day)
  • One faculty-facing program targeted for Black Women and Gender Expansive Faculty in partnership with the Searle Center. 
  • The Associate Director supervises graduate students and supports their work and development. 
  • For question on graduate-targeted programming's, direct contact with Graduate and Postdoc Liason Hannah Richardson is encouraged. 
  • Leads our role on the G11 grant proposal to continue work on sexual harassment prevention and rape crisis intervention with the University of Lagos. 
  • For questions about connecting with our Qatar campus, please see Sarah Brown


Meet Our Associate Director, Njoki Kamau