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The Black Experience at Northwestern University Research Guide


  • The Black Student Experience at Northwestern University Tour
    • The 1968 Bursar’s Office Takeover was the first major campus protest at Northwestern with a lasting legacy. Black students advocated for changes they wanted to see implemented on campus to improve their student experiences in response to the racial discrimination they endured. Archives staff and student workers have created a new tour that discusses this protest and offers some historical context for why students proposed their specific demands.
  • Walking Through Northwestern History Tour
    • Have you ever wondered why students paint The Rock or what the purpose was for physically expanding the campus with the Lakefill project? Tune in as Northwestern archivists Kevin Leonard and Charla Wilson answer these questions and tell you many stories about campus history, traditions, and architecture.
  • Social Justice Tours of Northwestern 
    • A collaborative audio tour site featuring the Indigenous, Black Student Experience, and Feminist campus tours. While each tour has its own history of development, aims, and scholarship, in bringing them together, the hope is to accentuate the intersections of those who have worked for equity, justice, and liberation on the campus and beyond. The site also features the blog titled, Intersections. We are accepting new submissions on a rolling basis. Northwestern students, staff, faculty, and community members are invited to participate. For more information, please contact a Social Justice Tour committee member.