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Multicultural Student Affairs

Enriching the Cultural Experience of Northwestern

Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) enriches the cultural experience of Northwestern through leadership and education programming; providing opportunities for community engagement and identity expression; and assisting students in navigating the University.

Land Acknowledgement 

students together on the lakefront

Northwestern is a community of learners situated within a network of historical and contemporary relationships with Native American tribes, communities, parents, students, and alumni. It is also in close proximity to an urban Native American community in Chicago and near several tribes in the Midwest.



 The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa. It was also a site of trade, travel, gathering and healing for more than a dozen other Native tribes and is still home to over 100,000 tribal members in the state of Illinois.


Our Commitment

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Our Spaces

Multicultural Student Affairs oversees three different spaces on campus.  Visit our locations page for more information about each of our spaces.   

MSA Updates

Upcoming Events

Inclusion NU Deadline at Noon

November 1, All Day

The InclusionNU Fund is a grant distributed by Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) that supports registered Northwestern...

Dia de los Muertos Celebration

November 1, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
1936 Sheridan Road, 1936 Sheridan Road

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the DeadNovember 1 @ 5:30pm-7:00pm1936 Sheridan Road, Multicultural Center MSA and Alianza w...

Smudging Ceremony

November 4, 12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Parkes Hall, 1870 Sheridan Road

Smudging is the practice of burning sage and/or other medicines for cleansing, purifying and healing purposes. Join us o...