Affiliated Groups

The following groups are current Buffett Institute affiliates.

* denotes coalition student group.

Learn more about the levels of support that the Buffett Institute provides to student groups.


AIESEC is a platform for young people to explore and develop their leadership potential. We increase cross-cultural understanding and leadership skills by organizing volunteer and internship exchange programs in 126 countries and territories around the world. Northwestern students have the opportunity to go abroad through AIESEC or to join AIESEC and run our exchange programs.​

Alliance of African Scholars

The Alliance of African Scholars (AAS) unites students across varied academic disciplines: creating spaces for critical discourse regarding African representations, social movements, and current events. The organization is established to contextualize and interrogate dominant (neo)colonial narratives, in order to challenge the manner in which NU engages the continent. Additionally, AAS facilitates Afrilogue, the student-led seminar on Africa. The organization aims to reduce the under-representation of African voices in mainstream dialogue regarding the continent while welcoming all students committed to critical discourse on Africa.

Community Health Corps*

The Northwestern Community Health Corps (NUCHC) is a grassroots student-run organization that aims to empower individuals to improve their health outcomes in Evanston and Skokie area. NUCHC student volunteers launched and operate the HIRCULES (Health Information Resource Centers Utilizing Libraries in Evanston and Skokie) Health Hub, where they help community members navigate through their health related questions and connect individuals to existing health information and resources. NUCHC has formed partnerships with the Evanston and Skokie Public Libraries, Erie Family Health Center, Asian Human Services, the Evanston and Skokie Health Departments, and community health leaders.

Engineering World Health*

Engineering World Health at Northwestern is one of 45 chapters nationwide that promote healthcare improvements in underserved communities. EWH features volunteer trips, panels, and discussions that connect the engineering approach with service in global health and development. In addition, our design teams work on year-long projects as part of a national competition to build medical technologies for developing countries.

Engineers Without Borders*

Engineers Without Borders - Northwestern University supports community-driven development programs worldwide by collaborating with local partners to design and implement sustainable engineering projects, while creating transformative experiences and responsible leaders. Our vision is a world in which the communities we serve have the capacity to sustainably meet their basic human needs and that our members have enriched global perspectives through the innovative professional education opportunities that the EWB-USA program provides.

Fight for Freedom

Fight for Freedom is dedicated to raising awareness in the Northwestern University community about modern-day slavery and its connection to every member of the community. Fight for Freedom is committed to empowering and mobilizing the Northwestern University community to use its members’ skills, resources, and influence to help stop modern-day slavery of every form. 

Global Engagement Summit (GES)*

Since 2006, more than 700 delegates from universities across the globe have participated in Global Engagement Summit. Delegates present a community development project or social entrepreneurship venture that they want to advance to the next stage. During a week of capacity-building workshops, critical discussions, and networking sessions, students work to improve their projects and learn skills that will serve them throughout their career.

Global Brigades*

Global Brigades at Northwestern aims to empower communities in developing countries with sustainable solutions that improve quality of life and environment, while respecting local culture. This is accomplished through the holistic approach of our organization and on-site service work during brigades. First, we solve urgent problems of medicine. We then work on improving public health and water. Finally, we tackle issues related to business and microfinance. Global Brigades at Northwestern organizes annual brigade trips to countries such as Nicaragua and Panama. Each trip falls under specific themes (e.g. medicine, public health, water sanitation).

GlobeMed at Northwestern*

GlobeMed aims to strengthen the movement for global health equity by empowering students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. GlobeMed provides students a space to have dialogue regarding global health and social justice issues. They also partnered with a grassroots organizations in Namugoga, Uganda, to address health disparities. GlobeMed aims to help build a movement of people who believe in health and justice for all. GlobeMed was founded in 2007 by a small group of Northwestern students through the assistance of the Buffett Institute.

Immigrant Justice Project*

The Immigrant Justice Project promotes on-campus awareness of contemporary immigrant rights issues, specifically relating to newly arrived immigrants and undocumented migrants, by providing educational and political advocacy opportunities through various community organizations in Chicago. The Immigrant Justice Project is a student-led, student-run organization led by a coalition of students seeking to learn and advocate for immigrant rights at Northwestern University, in Chicago, and for the nation at large.

Inspire Media

Inspire Media produces and funds socially conscious media, and strengthens the global Northwestern community by engaging social issue topics on local, national, and international levels. Believing that all media platforms have the power to motivate and create social change, Inspire Media's programming provokes discussion, engages audiences, and inspires action in the global community.

International Gender Equality Movement (iGEM)*

International Gender Equality Movement is a campus chapter of the UN Foundation campaign Girl Up that promotes the education, leadership, and well-being of girls both in our community and in developing countries around the world. Through campus events, iGEM fundraises, advocates, and raises awareness for UN programs specifically aimed at adolescent girls in Ethiopia, Liberia, Malawi, and Guatemala. Additionally, iGEM works with girls in the Chicagoland area in order to stay connected to its mission in a hands-on way, culminating in an annual leadership summit for local middle school girls in the spring.

International Student Association*

ISA seeks to provide a community for international students on campus; futhermore, we seek to engage Northwestern students interested in international affairs and cultures. The International Students Association hosts social, cultural, and philanthropic events, hoping to bring the international community closer to each other and to the greater Northwestern student body.

Model Arab League*

Northwestern's Model Arab League is a region-specific club with a goal of educating Northwestern students about the difficulties of Arab diplomacy. Through our programming and our competitive conferences, Model Arab League provides Northwestern students the opportunity to develop public speaking, leadership, and debate skills in a professional diplomatic setting all while discussing Arab issues and politics.

Movimiento Estudantil Chicanx de Atzlan (MEChA)*

MEChA seeks to create a critical consciousness on campus that allows all communities to come together for the betterment of the school and society. They focus on building community, creating safe and critical spaces to talk about real issues, and creating programming to reflect. Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán (MEChA) de Northwestern is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. MEChA de Northwestern seeks to bring a critical Chicana/o voice on campus that recognizes it can only exist if it works with other student organizations that speak to marginalized experiences and corporealities.

Northwestern University Community for Human Rights (NUCHR)*

Northwestern University Community for Human Rights runs the largest undergraduate student-organized conference on human rights in the United States. Each conference addresses a unique topic, such as humanitarian aid, globalization, or human trafficking. Speakers have included journalist Nicholas Kristof, diplomat Richard Holbrooke, and Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Doctors Without Borders. Through events, student-organized seminars, and the culminating conference, NUCHR raises awareness of international human rights issues and fosters social activism at Northwestern and beyond.

Northwestern University Model United Nations (NUMUN)*

NUMUN uses simulation of the United Nations to create experiences for high schoolers and a competitive travel team that change the way they look at global affairs and international cooperation. NUMUN strives to create a broader and more nuanced understanding of global affairs and international cooperation among our members in two main ways:

(1) Each year, we host a conference for high school students from the local area and beyond at Northwestern for a weekend of UN simulation. We organize committees for hundreds of students that tackle a variety of issues, ranging from regional social issues to international security, to the dynamics of the global economy. (2) We support a team of Northwestern students that travels around the country and the world to participate in similar competitive conferences at the collegiate level. These trips involve in-depth research into global affairs and opportunities to network with students from around the world.

Northwestern University Political Union*

Political Union fosters open and thoughtful debate around complex issues, as well as increases and promotes diversity of viewpoints by hosting events led by diverse speakers. They are a non-partisan club committed to fostering more open debate on campus by hosting weekly debates about various topics, bringing in diverse speakers, and hosting thrice-quarterly discussions with professors over lunch. Each quarter, they host eight or nine student led debates and three "Civics & Snacks," where a professor comes to speak to our club over lunch about their latest research.

Politics & Policy (P&P)

Politics & Policy (P&P) is a non-partisan student publication seeking to encourage informed political conversation on college campuses around the country. Made up of students of all majors and backgrounds P&P is a community of individuals interested in why world shaping events occur and what impact these events have on our lives.

Project RISHI*

Project RISHI (Rural India Social and Health Improvement) promotes the sustainable development and growth of rural Indian communities. In partnership with local community members and social enterprises, we identify issues central to our target communities and provide the resources necessary to implement solutions through extensive field research and university based initiatives. The chapter is partnered with Charnia through a connection with the Param Seva Trust. One of the chapter’s first and foremost achievements involved setting up a permanent, year-round clinic in Charnia, which is set to employ a nurse and a doctor full-time. Since the establishment of this clinic, Project RISHI has gone to India every summer and worked on projects like menstrual hygiene, water sanitation, waste management etc. Not only have we run all these projects successfully till now, but also have made them sustainable throughout the years. We also conduct a annual health camp in the village that treats more than 100 villagers free of cost. 

Real Food at NU

The mission of Real Food at NU to create a student-led movement that engages administrators, faculty, staff, workers, producers and community members, to enact a shift to a community-based food system built on fair labor practices and food that is humane, local, and ecologically-sound. We are asking NU to pledge to shift 20% of its food purchases to real food — food that is good for the earth it grows in, the farmers who grow it, the workers who process and sell it, the communities through which it passes, and the consumers who ultimately eat it.