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The Center has built a nationally recognized complement of programs designed to forge the leadership skills of students who are passionate about addressing global problems including poverty, human rights, and health.

Study Abroad


The Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI)prepares undergraduates with the knowledge, tools, and experiences to confront shared global challenges. Through service-learning in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, or Uganda, students partner with local organizations to advance community-driven change.

GESI has been recognized for its innovative model of classroom and experiential learning. More than 360 students have carried out over 120 community-based development projects.

Public Talks

100+ public talks on a variety of topics, including global development, human rights, and foreign policy. To find out more join our email list , follow us on twitter and/or like us on facebook.

Career Development

Through the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) Fellows Program, Ask Anything Hours, and more, students explore job and internship opportunities, and develop their skills to pursue meaningful careers. Sign up for the CGE e-digest for global engagement events, jobs, internships, fellowships, and more.

Student Group Support

The Buffett Center promotes undergraduate leadership at Northwestern and in a global context. Many student groups and programs were founded as undergraduate initiatives through the encouragement, mentoring and support of the Buffett Center.

Through our Center for Global Engagement (CGE), we mentor co-curricular students groups that think critically and act responsibly with regard to the international issues they care about. Groups host yearlong programming that engage a vast network of students through student-led photo exhibits, conferences, seminars, workshops, service trips, and more.

To start a new student group or to create an affiliation between an existing student group and the Buffett Center or its Center for Global Engagement, visit our undergraduate support page.


  see also our listing of over 50 Northwestern Global Engagement student groups

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Northwestern University Community for Human Rights (NUCHR)
NUCHR 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 journalists 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.

Global Water Brigades

Global Water Brigades (GWB)
GWB serves as a catalyst for broader based change in health, education, and infrastructure. GWB connects water professionals with community leaders and empowers motivated villages by providing the seed capital and resources needed to attain safe drinking water and create sustainable change in underserved communities.

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


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Global Engagement Summit (GES)
Since 2006, more than 700 delegates from universities across the globe have participated in GES. 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.

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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 believes that health is a basic human right and that students have the ability and responsibility to build a better world. GlobeMed aims to foster skills and commitment of students to become tomorrow's leaders for global health equity and social justice.


ISA Food for Thought

International Student Association: Food for Thought
Food for Thought is a student-led colloquium to encourage the exchange of ideas, knowledge and experiences between American and international students regarding pressing global issues.

Model Arab LeagueNorthwestern'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 to develop public speaking, leadership, and debate skills in a professional diplomatic setting all while discussing Arab issues and politics.

Mountains for Moms logoMountains for Moms is a student group climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to support the treatment of women who have been socially exiled by their total loss of excretory control after the stillbirth their children due to Obstetric Fistula. It so through a combination of on campus advocacy and external fundraising for our beneficiary, OperationOF.

NU Political UnionNorthwestern University Political Union
The Northwestern Political Union is a community of students united by their common interest in discussion of political and global affairs, bringing together students of various backgrounds, ideologies, and political persuasions. Throughout the academic year, the group hosts weekly student-run informal debates. All current Northwestern University undergraduates are welcome to participate.

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.

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