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GESI 2020 New remote fall opportunity!

During Fall Quarter 2020, the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) is offering a virtual rendition of its programming in lieu of canceled study abroad programs due to COVID-19. This is a unique hybrid opportunity to explore complex questions through coursework while simultaneously engaging in a meaningful internship—all in a completely virtual online setting.

Read more about GESI 2020: Virtual Global Development in Action.

Northwestern Public Speaking Summer Meeting

Event Name: Northwestern Public Speaking Summer Weekly Meeting

Date: Every Thursday (start from July 9th)

Time: 5-6pm



Northwestern Public Speaking Club will resume the weekly virtual meeting, starting from July 9th at 5-6pm, join us on Zoom through this link! At NU Public Speaking Club (formerly Toastmasters), our goal is to empower its members to become effective communicators and leaders. We foster a supportive and positive community where the members can grow to reach their goals. We meet every week to practice giving prepared as well as impromptu speeches and provide feedback to each other. We also host workshops, guest lectures, and social events. For more information please visit our website and facebook page!

Apply for a position as peer writing consultant at the Writing Place. Applications due May 26th!


Are you a good writer? reader? listener?

Do you want a part time job that uses your brain and talents?

The Writing Place is staffed by a talented group of juniors and seniors who are good writers and—equally important—good readers, listeners, and responders. When they are not working one-on-one with clients, Writing Place consultants engage in various forms of community and university outreach, including social media, videos, resource development, workshops, class visits, and special projects.  

The Writing Place will be open next year, whether classes are on campus, remote, or hybrid.   Applications  for the 2020-2021 academic year are due May 26.

To learn more about the job and eligibility requirements— and to apply–go to:   

To hear from current consultants about why they love their job,  please watch the video below. 

Why it is great to work at the Writing Place 




Every year, the Office of Undergraduate Admission welcomes a new cohort of students to our community. This year, we want to welcome them with a tangible piece of Northwestern: a poster that was designed by a fellow undergraduate peer. 

That’s where you come in. We’re looking to have an undergraduate student artist create a poster that will welcome new students and give them a sense of what makes Northwestern special. Show the future classes of Northwestern what makes this community so great, and be the first to greet them with your own creative spirit! This can be a digital or physical art piece, and the artist will receive $500 for their work with an expected completion date of June 15th, 2020. 

If interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Jackie Marthouse at with a description of your experience, and a link to your portfolio or attachments of 3-4 examples of previous artwork by end of day Tuesday, May 26th.


Ramadan 2020

Dear friends,

Hope you are all safe and in good health. Ramadan, a month in which many Muslims observe the spiritual practice of abstaining from food/water and practice rituals in community will begin this upcoming Thursday evening April 23rd.  The first fast will be Friday April 24th through May 24th. This year, under the circumstances of COVID-19, many Muslims around the globe including our students at Northwestern face very unique challenges and will practice rituals in quarantine. We are excited to support our students through several opportunities for virtual community engagement and daily pick-up meals to break their fast. 

The flyer below features some basic information about Ramadan on the Evanston campus that you may share with your students and departments.  For further info, please contact Chaplain Tahera Ahmad

Some helpful tools for learning more about Ramadan:
Basic info on Ramadan: 

Suggestions for Ramadan in Quarantine:

Video link:

If you choose to wish a Muslim in Ramadan, it is suggested to say “Ramadan Kareem” or “Ramadan Mubarak” which means “Have a Blessed Ramadan.”

Hey SoC Seniors!! Interested in speaking at graduation?!

Hey SoC Seniors!! Interested in speaking at graduation?!

The Student Advisory Committee for Commencement Activities is looking for students to fill the following speaking roles:

– Student Speaker
– Introduce Commencement Speaker
– Honors Ceremony Speaker
– Emcee

If you’re interested, applications are due by Friday, April 10 at 11:59pm:

Questions about the application process? Please email

Two important notes!
1. We know that things are up in the air with everything going on related to COVID-19, but student speakers will still be part of commencement ceremonies — regardless of what form those end up taking.
2. The Committee does not know any more than the rest of students about commencement activities. We have been told that things are still being planned as normal, with Commencement happening on June 19.


Each year, we conduct a survey to learn more about your experiences in the School of Communication. We value your input and ideas, and completing the survey is a way to have a real impact on the School. The survey is anonymous, and will only take a few minutes of your time.

The link for the survey is:

At the end of the survey, you’ll be redirected to a form where you can enter a drawing to win a new iPad Pro (one entry per student, please).

Thank you for taking the time to complete the SoC Survey!

GESI deadline extended to 3/1!

The GESI program has extended the application deadline to March 1, 2020! GESI is a summer study abroad program run by Global Learning Office (GLO) in which students:

  • Live with a homestay family
  • Intern in a grassroots organization
  • Earn academic credit

GESI locations are Argentina, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, Uganda, and Vietnam. All years in school and all majors welcome. One year of college level Spanish or the equivalent is required for the Spanish speaking locations.

Scholarships are available for eligible students. Learn more about the application.

Unnecessarily Beautiful Spaces – Dave Eggers and Charles Whitaker in conversation

Event Information

Unnecessarily Beautiful Spaces: Medill Dean Charles Whitaker in conversation with author/entrepreneur Dave Eggers

About this Event:
The Garage
Thursday, Feb. 27th
7-8 p.m.

Join The Garage for a special event open to the entire Northwestern community. We’ll be welcoming entrepreneur and author Dave Eggers and Medill Dean Charles Whitaker for a discussion and Q&A.

This event is open to the entire Northwestern community including faculty, staff, and students. Please RSVP with your Northwestern email address.

About Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers is the author of many books, including The Circle, The Monk of Mokha, What is the What, A Hologram for the King, and The Lifters. He is founder of McSweeney’s, an independent publishing company based in San Francisco that produces books, a humor website, and a journal of new writing, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. McSweeney’s also publishes Voice of Witness, a nonprofit book series that uses oral history to illuminate human rights crises around the world. Eggers is also the co-founder of 826 National, a network of youth writing and tutoring centers around the United States. Realizing the need for greater college access for low-income students, Eggers founded ScholarMatch, a nonprofit organization designed to connect students with resources, schools and donors to make college possible.