GSA Announcements

Annual 5K/10K Run

Date: Saturday, May 12th
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm (approximate time)
Location: Arts Green on the Evanston campus

Join the GSA annual 5K/10K charity run! The donation will go to Girls on the Run, a non-profit that works to encourage pre-teen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles. NU students, faculty, staff, and affiliates (family/friends) are welcome. Post-race snacks will be provided to all runners and prizes will be awarded to the top finishers! Also, the first 100 runners to register will receive a free T-shirt! New this year: you can now register as a TEAM and have the chance to win fun team prizes (think: most creative costumes, fastest group time, etc.). We are also looking for volunteers to make this event as awesome as possible (runners and non-runners welcome)! All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and breakfast before the race.

Register to run and/or volunteer here! Email Katie with further questions.


GSA Camping Trip – RSVP deadline extended!

Date: Friday, June 22nd-Sunday, June 24th
Location: Mirror Lake State Park (Baraboo, WI)

Get your outdoor game on and join GSA for a summer camping trip! We’ll be camping in the lovely Mirror Lake State Park, which offers hiking and canoeing and is in close proximity to Wisconsin’s most popular state park, Devil’s Lake. GSA will provide campsites, tents, and food for the weekend, and drivers will be reimbursed for gas and tolls.

Space is limited, so RSVP soon to claim your spot! If you have a car and are willing to drive we would especially love to have you! Because of the limited space, GSA requests a $20 deposit from all those selected to join the trip, refundable for cancellations up until 7 days before the trip. The deposit will be reimbursed after the trip if you attend.

Please RSVP here before 11:59pm on Thursday, May 3rd and contact Bana or Ariel with any questions!

Dillo Day 2018-Save the Date!

Date: Saturday, June 2nd
Location: The Lakefill, Northwestern University

Did you know Dillo Day is the largest student run festival in the nation? And it’s not just for undergrads! Dillo Day is open to all NU students, faculty/staff, and alumni! Join GSA at Dillo Day for fun, music-filled festivities to properly welcome summertime! More details to come. For more information, visit the Dillo Day website or Facebook page.

All GSA events are made possible by the generous support of The Graduate School.


Campus Events and More

New Caterer for Northwestern’s Food Service

Starting this fall, Compass Group will take over Northwestern University’s food service and aims to create a food service program that emphasizes affordability, sustainability, outstanding service and excellent food and beverage experiences. More details can be found here.

Veritas Forum

Date: Wednesday, May 2nd
Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Location: Alice Millar Chapel

Can artificial become human? Does it matter how we treat artificial intelligence? What does it mean to be human? Join three scholars as they discuss artificial intelligence, humanity, and faith. You will hear from Dr. Nathan Matias (Princeton), Dr. Kristian Hammond (Northwestern), and Dr. Ágnes Horvát (Northwestern) as they each share answers to these questions and then engage in a riveting discussion. Come with questions ready, as the night will end with the scholars answering audience questions on the topic.

Spring Quarter Playdates!

Bring your kids for a Saturday playdate with other graduate students and postdocs with children and their families! We’ll be hosting these at both a Chicago and an Evanston playground:

Chicago playdate: Saturday, May 5th, 10:00am-12:00pm, Welles Park in Lincoln Square
Evanston playdate: Saturday, June 2nd, 10:00am-12:00pm, Raymond Park

Light snacks will be provided. Feel free to drop by at any time between 10am and noon! For questions, please email Lesley.

Automated Object Classification for Large Scale Future Surveys

Date: Monday, May 7th
Time: 4:30pm
Location: ITW Classroom in Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center Helmerich Auditorium

You are invited to join the Northwestern Machine Learning organization at their next meetup. Dr. Camille Avestruz will be speaking next Monday on gravitational lensing and the need for strong lensing systems. Machine learning beginners, ethusiasts, and experts are all welcome! Pizza and refreshments will be provided! For more details on this event, please visit Northwestern Machine Learning’s website.

NU Day at Wrigley: Cubs vs. Marlins!

Date: Monday, May 7th
Time: 7:05pm
Location: Wrigley Field

Join the Northwestern community for our annual NU Day @ Wrigley to watch the Cubs face off with the Miami Marlins. The game will take place on Monday, May 7th at 7:05pm. Tickets are now available for purchase for $20 and include entrance to the game as well as a t-shirt. This is an annual program sponsored by Northwestern Alumni Association (NAA) and Student Alumni Alliance (SAA). Tickets are sold out, but add your name to the waitlist here!

Navigating Scholarship, Teaching, and Life

Date: Tuesday, May 15th
Time: 12:00pm
Location: TGS Commons with simulcast at TGS Abbott Hall

Join Lesley Lundeen, Family Resource Liaison, and Sekile Nzinga-Johnson, PhD, MSW, Director of the Women’s Center at Northwestern University for an informal lunch discussion! Dr. Nzinga-Johnson will be discussing her research on parenting and family policy as well as her own experiences managing her scholarly and personal priorities as a tenured professor and now as director of the Women’s Center.

Lunch will be provided, and the event will be simulcast on the Chicago campus in Abbott Hall. Please RSVP by May 8th. Contact Lesley with any questions.

NU Queer Ladies Night: Meals with Strangers and Comedy Showcase

Date: Saturday May 12th
Time: Dinner at 7pm; Comedy showcase at 9:30pm
Location: Dinner at Futatsuki Ramen; Comedy showcase at Strip Joker

Join GWAN and QPGSA for a night of community and comedy centered around LGBTQ women at Northwestern! We’ll start the evening with dinner at Futatsuki Ramen and then head to Strip Joker, Chicago’s only body-positive, queer-positive comedy showcase. Please RSVP here! Tickets to Strip Joker will be provided for the first 20 RSVPs! If you RSVP after the first 20 individuals, we encourage you to buy your own tickets to the show. Half-price tickets are available on

NOTE: This event is open to all LGBTQ women, including trans women, cis women, and femmes. If none of these labels fit you, but you think this is an event that should include you and that you would feel welcome at, please feel free to attend. We hope to create a fun, inclusive, safe(r) space to build community at Northwestern and in Chicago. If you have any questions or concerns, you can email Lauren.