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Growing Up Chicago: Dialogues Fall 2011

03 Nov
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This quarter, we chose to focus on issues of violence and education that impact Chicago youth. On November 10th, the CEO of Urban prep, a preparatory school aimed at changing the low graduation and college completion rates for young men in Chicago, will be speaking at McCormick Tribune from 5-6pm. We will also hold a discussion panel on November 8th with SESP Professors Dr. Carol Lee and Dr. Dan Lewis, Maddie Orenstein, college and career coach at Carl Schurz High School, Marcus Campbell, Director for Student Supports and Racial Equity at Evanston Township High School, and Eric Brown, Illinois director of the National Education Association. On November 15th, a second panel on violence prevention will be held with Tio Hardiman, the director of CeaseFire, Diane Latiker, founder of Kids Off The Block, Lara Brown, the director of Broadway Youth Center at Howard Brown, and Kathryn Saclarides, the director of violence prevention at Enhance Chicago. Speakers will present their work and students will the have the chance to ask questions and generate a discussion. NCDC site leaders will be present at both panels to discuss specific volunteer options. We are very excited to begin to discuss issues education and violence in Chicago this quarter, and hope to see everyone there!

November 8th, 7-9pm, Swift 107 “Education Hurdles”

November 10th, 5-6pm McCormick Tribune, “Tim King, CEO of Urban Prep”

November 15th, 7-9pm, Swift 107 “Violence Prevention”

Committee Applications Due 10/3

01 Oct
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Are you an NU undergrad interested in getting involved with all that we do? Apply to be on an NCDC committee! Dialogues, Community Outreach, Advocacy, Publicity and Public Relations are all open for members. Applications are due at midnight on Monday, October 3rd. Email for an application or with any questions.

Project Pumpkin Committee Applications Live!

25 Sep
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Want to be a part of NCDC’s biggest annual event, Project Pumpkin? Then head on over to and submit an application for a Project Pumpkin committee! You can choose Booths, Chaperones, Publicity or Decorations. No matter what you do you’ll help bring 1,000 excited children together in Norris University Center on October 27th.

Email Susan Sun (, Tulsi Parida ( or Stephanie Kim ( with any questions.

NCDC Fall Volunteer Fair

20 Sep
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NCDC is hosting the Fall Volunteer Fair from 3-6 PM in the Louis Room in Norris University Center on Wednesday, September 21st. Come and explore over 40 volunteer sites throughout Evanston and Chicago, and hear from Julie Santella, a former site leader and long-time volunteer with Jonquil Hotel.


Apply to be an NCDC site leader!!!

17 May
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Apply to be a 2011-2012 NCDC Site Leader!

The application is due THIS FRIDAY, May 20th, at 5:00pm! Don’t miss your chance!

Site Leaders play an integral role in the Greater Evanston/Chicagoland area. Site Leaders’ primary role is to develop mutually beneficial relationships between the Chicago community and the Northwestern campus, and to coordinate volunteer efforts at their particular site.

Volunteer Sites include all of the following interests:





Woman’s Issues

The environment


Please e-mail applications to

**Be sure to sign up for interviews via the link within the application**

Interviews will take place at the NCDC office (3rd floor, Norris, office G)

Don’t miss GASLAND and award-winning director Josh Fox

11 May
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Join NCDC and SEED for a screening of the dramatic documentary GASLAND and a conversation with the award-winning director, Josh Fox.

Tuesday, May 17th
Harris Hall 107
7-8:30 PM Screening
8:30-9 PM Conversation with Fox

RSVP on Facebook

GASLAND is a dramatic documentary about the damaging environmental and social impacts of natural gas drilling, a highly intensive process known as ‘fracking.’

After director Fox received a a letter from a natural gas company interested in leasing his family’s land that sits atop the Marcellus Shale in Milanville, PA for drilling. Disturbed by the letter, he embarked on an odyssey to glean as much information as possible about natural gas drilling in the US—with movie camera in hand.

The result is a powerful film that uncovers a trail of secrets, lies and contamination.

That’s what we say…..
But what do critiques have to say about GASLAND?

“GASLAND just might be the best film of the year.” —The Huffington Post

“[I]f a film can ever enact social change, which is rare, the potency of GASLAND suggests that this may be that film.” —Variety

We are grateful for the support of our sponsors:
Institute for Sustainable Energy at Northwestern (ISEN)
Environmental Campus Outreach (ECO)
Environmental Policy and Culture (EPC)
Inspire Films

4th Time’s a Charm!

02 May
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Thanks to all the artists, performers, student groups, and NU and Evanston community members who made the 4th annual ArtsFest such a great success!

We so thoroughly enjoyed getting henna tattoos from SASA, watching the Renegade Dance Architects no once but TWICE, strolling through the aisles of incredible artwork, and celebrating springtime with such a happy, sunny day. Check out North by Northwestern’s article here.

We look forward to seeing you again next year!

ArtsFest countdown: 38 hours

29 Apr
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The big day is finally around the corner. You might have helped us paint the Rock today, or picked up a free balloon. But don’t miss what’s going to happen this Sunday, May 1st from 1-4PM at Norris University Center’s South Lawn.

What can you expect? Henna tattoos. Bounce houses. Renegade dancers. Family friendly hip hop by Fusion Dance Company. Art displays from our friends at NU-Qatar. Music you can rock out to by Evanston musicians. And much, much more.

See you this Sunday!

Starting next Friday, join us for the happiest weekend of all time!

21 Apr
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On Friday, April 29th:
Let’s go Fly a Kite and Eat Smores (for FREE) with NCDC and Happiness Club! On the Lakefill by the Firepit! RSVP on Facebook here.

Then Sunday May 1st:
Come out for the biggest event of the spring! ArtsFest is an annual springtime celebration of the arts from the Northwestern, Evanston and Chicago communities. Join us for the fun featuring display, interactive and performance art, cotton candy and a bounce house! RSVP on Facebook.

ArtsFest Artist deadline EXTENDED!

18 Apr
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Are you a Northwestern or Evanston sculptor, painter, photographer, or artist of any kind? Be a part of ArtsFest and showcase your talent to 500+ people on Sunday, May 1st from 1-4PM.

The deadline for artist submissions has been EXTENDED to Wednesday, April 20th.
Northwestern artists – Apply here.
Evanston Community Members: Apply here.

Questions about any of the above? Email and we’ll get back to you ASAP!