The Center for Global Engagement promotes undergraduate leadership at Northwestern and in a global context.
Northwestern’s academic excellence is mirrored outside the classroom by a vast network of internationally engaged co-curricular student groups. Such groups take charge of their own learning by using skills and concepts explored in the classroom to enrich their knowledge and to solve real-world problems. Whether they are organizing national conferences on the Northwestern campus, training other students to maximize spring break experiential-learning programs, or increasing awareness of global challenges through provocative on-campus events, co-curricular student groups are creating networks of informed and engaged change-makers from across disciplines, universities, and the globe.
CGE affiliated groups have access to regular advising from CGE staff. They are also invited to participate in quarterly leadership-training events with other student leaders to build connections across engagement groups. In addition, we regularly feature CGE-affiliated groups in our newsletters and listservs.
CGE awards affiliate status—with annual funding, administrative, and advisory support—to student groups with a demonstrated passion for global problem solving and a desire to implement classroom learning within “real world” settings. We also offer one-time funding opportunities for groups interested in increasing global engagement on campus through individual events, guest speakers, and other means.
To start a new student group or to create an affiliation between an existing student group and CGE or the Buffett Center, please visit our undergraduate support page. Proposals for affiliation are reviewed twice per year, once in the fall and winter respectively. Proposals for one-time funding are reviewed on a rolling basis.