Evaluation and outcomes from 2014-2015 cohorts:
- 100% of respondents felt confident or very confident about their ability to avoid using language that reinforces negative stereotypes.
- 100% of respondents felt confident or very confident about their ability to educate themselves about how diversity issues impact people in the workplace.
- 96% of respondents felt confident or very confident about their ability to challenge the biases that affect their own thinking.
- 96% of respondents agreed with the statement, “I am more hopeful about my ability to help Northwestern become more inclusive.”
- 87% of surveyed participants have noticed their heightened sensitivity to issues of privilege or inclusion on a daily or weekly basis.
- 91% are engaging in new or different conversations about privilege and inclusion on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
- 82% of surveyed participants believe that they have acted differently around issues of privilege or inclusion on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.
When asked at the end of the year what skills they had gained, Change Makers were passionate and enthusiastic about their new dialogue skills. Some skills included:
- “Greater comfort presenting about microaggressions”
- “Articulating/ forming responses to difficult questions and situations around race/class/gender, etc.”
- “How to reflect on my own biases, assumptions, etc. constantly and imaginatively”
- “How to help students see/hear/suspect that I might be understanding, open, etc.”
“My proudest moment so far has been changing how I deal with minority students facing academic challenges in a more positive and encouraging manner.”
- 2014-2015 Change Maker
“I am a different person because of my Change Makers (CM) experience. I thought I understood social justice issues and I certainly believed I was no racist. Through Change Makers I came to understand, deeply, how another human being's experience of the world can be impacted by their social identity/ties. Before CM, I was a nice white lady who tried not to stir the pot. Now, I am determined to be an agent for change. I speak up. I engage in difficult conversations that I would have previously avoided. I look for ways to create equity. A few years ago, my husband and I went to hear Ta-Nehisi Coates speak at Loyola University. It was shortly after he wrote his piece, 'The Case for Reparations.' He said something at the time that really has stuck with me and with my husband. He said that his eyes are open, and because they are open, he can no longer live in the lie. I no longer live in the lie that this is a country with equality and justice for all. I didn't know how uncomfortable I was living in that lie until I was free of it. Now, I am free to work for change.”
- 2016-2017 Change Maker
Read an article about Change Makers and its impact published in the Daily Northwestern!
View a PowerPoint presentation evaluating Change Makers presented at NCORE 2017 by Regina Logan, PhD, Angela Edwards Campbell, MBA, CDP, Alecia Wartowski, JD, EdM, Claudia Zapata-Gietl, MA, and Alexandra Adamis.