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Women’s Center now accepting applications for Change Makers 2018/2019

Sixth annual training empowers campus diversity and inclusion efforts

EVANSTON - Northwestern University Women’s Center is seeking applications for Change Makers, a program that brings together faculty and staff from a wide range of backgrounds to learn what they can do to make inclusivity a true reality on campus.

“Who does well at Change Makers?” asked Vincent McCoy, a staff member at Northwestern University Libraries and a graduate of the program. “Anyone willing to be open, honest and willing to make personal changes.”

Now entering its sixth year, the program will be accepting applications from faculty and staff through May 11. Due to strong interest in this program, there is a limited enrollment capacity for the 2018/2019 school year.

“Thirty hours of training will not correct 300 years of history, but graduates report that the training and mentoring they received set them on a new path of being more intentional about inclusion in their professional relationships and responsibilities,” said Alecia Wartowski, Northwestern Women’s Center Director of Programs.

The program is led by experts trained in the research-based Intergroup Relations model from the University of Michigan.

The Change Makers faculty cohort begins Oct. 16 and 17 and the staff cohort begins Oct. 18 and 19 with a two-day intensive workshop led by Kristie Ford of Skidmore College and Charles Behling of the University of Michigan.

Afterward, participants meet monthly to combine change management principles with continued work around social identities and dialogue.  

Program graduates have reported confidence in initiating conversations about diversity in the classroom, mentoring marginalized students, advocating for diversity on hiring committees and pursuing opportunities to learn more about equity.

“My day-to-day life looks different than it did before Change Makers, from who I follow on social media to what books I read to what campus activities I participate in,” one recent participant said.

“Once you’re a part of Change Makers, it’s a part of you. It’s not just professional, but it’s personal,” explained Haydee Martinez, a lieutenant in the Northwestern University Police Department.

Applications are available on the Women’s Center website. For more information or to submit your name for faculty consideration, contact Alecia Wartowski at alecia.waertowski@northwestern.edu or 312-503-3401 or Njoki Kamau at ngk@northwestern.edu or 847-491-2734.

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