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2014-2015 End of Term Report

Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015

April 15, 2015

Dear Member of the Northwestern Community,

On the national level, this has been a tumultuous year marked with high profile incidents surrounding sexual assault, mental health, racism, and affordability on college campuses. We know that these are not isolated incidents but rather symptoms of structures and systems that are in need of reform.

These issues have been no strangers to Northwestern. Instances of racism have been documented on the “Suffocating at NU” blog as well as actively protested through the NU Black Lives Matter campaign. “Money Matters Week,” organized by NU’s Quest Scholars chapter last year, went from a weeklong advocacy campaign for first generation and low-income students to becoming a top priority of the University. Title IX violation allegations and Northwestern survivor stories spurred the reformation of the University Hearing & Appeals system, the hiring of staff in both CARE and the Title IX Office, and the upcoming release of a campus climate survey. The NU “Dropped Classes” blog and suicide rates at other elite universities started an introspective look at our own graduation requirements and the rigors associated with the quarter system.

In each of these instances, ASG has served to amplify the voices of those pushing for progress and for justice. Through various projects and initiatives listed below, ASG has sought to reimagine what a campus could look like years from now. Creating a campus that is inclusive for students of all races, genders, abilities, and socioeconomic backgrounds is a massive undertaking but it is in our charge to critique the Northwestern experience and to advocate for change. While there is much more progress to be made, we have started to take steps in the right direction.

Over the past year, it has been an honor to serve as your Associated Student Government President and Executive Vice President. As we transition out of office, we wanted to thank you for your participation and partnership with ASG. No issue is singular and ASG could not be successful without the continued involvement of your community, organization, or office.

 

Best,

Julia Watson

ASG President

 

Erik Zorn

ASG Executive Vice President

 

The full 2014-2015 Term in Review summary of ASG projects and initiatives can be found here.