Northwestern is an inclusive and diverse community where students excel individually and collectively.
This is possible in part due to the effores of Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA), which provide quality services and programs that support and enhance the collegiate experience, particularly for students of color. They seek to foster a learning environment that enriches the cultural, educational, professional, and social lives of students, providing opportunities for holistic development.
MSA is also comprised of four different Student Affair groups: African American Student Affairs, Asian/Asian American Student Affairs, Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs, and the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center. Some of the services MSA provides include:
- Individual appointments
- Student Group advisement
- Tutoring/academic support
- Cultural, social, professional, and academic programming
- Funding/financial support for student activities
- Meeting rooms, computer labs, free printing/copying
- Outreach across campus and in the community
- On-site faculty/staff office hours
- Summer Academic Workshop (SAW)
Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs
The mission of Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs (H/LSA) is to provide services and programs that support the collegiate experience of Hispanic and Latino students. H/LSA seeks to meet the needs of our ever-changing student population through advising, outreach, referrals and collaborative initiatives. We strive to enhance the cultural, social, intellectual and professional development of students so that they may lead informed and successful lives. Events include:
Hispanic Heritage Celebration
During Hispanic Heritage Celebration (HHC), the university community acknowledges this nationally recognized month. Although HHC is national celebrated in September, Northwestern's celebration commences later in the year due to our academic calendar, which starts in late September. HHC celebratory events begin in October and continue into early November with variety of programming including cultural shows, social gatherings, and educational speakers.
Festival LatiNU is an event sponsored by Alianza – The Hispanic/Latino Student Alliance and Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs, which features musical and dance performances from Northwestern student groups and Chicago area groups. The program also features cuisines from various Latin American countries. It's an event you won't want to miss!
¡Día de los Muertos!
Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs observes this traditional holiday on November 2nd. By displaying an altar at the Multicultural Center and encouraging people to place items on the altar, the community honors departed family members or friends. Sheil Catholic Center also offers a bilingual mass on the Sunday closest to November 2nd, where the significance of El Día de los Muertos is explained.
Latino Networking Gala
During the Winter Quarter, the H/LSA partners with the Latino Alumni of Northwestern University (LANU) to host the Latino Networking Gala at the John Evans Alumni Center. This event provides Latino undergraduate students, graduate and professional students, faculty, staff, alumni and visiting professionals with an opportunity to network. One of the highlights of the evening is the presentation of the LANU Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student.
Hispanic/Latino Community Awards
These awards are presented to members of the undergraduate student community who have demonstrated a commitment, dedication, and leadership in serving and representing the Hispanic/Latino community at Northwestern. Award recipients are recognized and nominated by their peers. This annual celebratory program takes place during May.