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*

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. 

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 global human trafficking 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, a five-day social innovation conference held every April at Northwestern. Delegates arrive with social change projects aiming to tackle the world’s most pressing issues, ranging from education to healthcare to environmental sustainability. The Summit offers hands-on workshops and individualized mentoring sessions, which enable our delegates to leave equipped with strategies to improve their projects and most effectively create change. In addition to planning the summit, the full GES staff meets weekly to connect with other staff members and engage in thoughtful workshops and discussions. During our meetings, we share current events, discuss best practices in international development, and grow as a community through team building activities.

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.

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; furthermore, 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.

Northwestern University Community for Human Rights (NUCHR)*

Northwestern University Community for Human Rights is the leading voice for global human rights on campus and the host of the largest student-attended human rights conference in the United States. Through informed dialogue, weekly meetings, educational excursions, an annual spring break trip, social events, and year-round programming, we bridge connections between undergraduates and international discussions on current human rights issues. 

Each January, NUCHR explores a distinct topic in the field of human rights, bringing to campus 45 undergraduates from across North America and 15 leading thinkers and activists from the field. Past topics have focused on forced migration, torture, corporate social responsibility, humanitarian aid, urban slums, food security, and art as activism; this year NUCHR will dissect the the intersection of human rights and memory. Speakers have included journalist Nicholas Kristof, diplomat Richard Holbrooke, and Bernard Kouchner, co-founder of Doctors Without Borders. Through these events, NUCHR helps orient students in grappling with nuanced histories and complex inequities in order to develop deep critical thinking abilities that ultimately inspires thoughtful action 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:

  • 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.
  • 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.

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.