Launched at Buffett

Over the years, the Buffett Institute has been an incubator for several programs on the Northwestern campus. Whether from working groups to academic departments, or from student groups to organizations with global participation, we've been proud to serve as a launchpad for the following:

Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS)

Northwestern's Latin American and Caribbean Studies Program (LACS) supports a spirited and diverse community of faculty and graduate students whose research covers the culture, history, and politics of Latin America and the Caribbean. The program also offers a minor for students. A Latin American Studies working group is still supported by the Buffett Institute.

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Middle East and North African (MENA) Studies

Northwestern’s Middle East and North African Studies Program (MENA) is committed to offering students and the community at large an in-depth understanding of the region that stretches from Morocco to the Gulf States and Iran, and from the Mediterranean into the Sahara and beyond. It produced On the Ground: New Directions in Middle East and North African Studies, in 2014.

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Global Engagement Summit (GES)

The first Global Engagement Summit took place at Northwestern University in 2005. Originally called the International Youth Volunteerism Conference, the Summit was the realization of Northwestern undergraduates Nathaniel Whittemore and Jonathan Marino (also the co-founders of GESI) who wanted to provide a collaborative space for student changemakers and develop a stronger global connection for Northwestern students. Since then, the International Youth Volunteerism Conference has evolved into the Global Engagement Summit to develop the capacity of world’s young changemakers. More than 500 delegates from 45 countries around the world have attended.

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In 2007, GlobeMed was founded by a group of Northwestern students through the assistance of the Buffett Institute. Their mission was to empower students and communities to work together to improve the health of people living in poverty around the world. Today, GlobeMed has close to 60 student-led chapters at universities across the nation that partner with grassroots NGOs serving poor communities.

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