Records of the Department of African-American Student Affairs

Institution: Northwestern University - University Archives
Deering Library Level 1, Room 110

1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: (847) 491-3354
Date: 1966-2001
Extent: 1.25 Linear Feet
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Biographical/Historical Note:
The history of the Department of African American Student Affairs (AASA) at Northwestern University dates back to the mid-1960s. Concern about African-American student enrollment at Northwestern University prompted a decision to recruit in Black urban areas, mostly in Chicago. By 1973, the number of Black students rose significantly and represented approximately 10% of the undergraduate population. In May of 1968, 110 of 120 black students on campus took over the Bursar’s Office, and presented Northwestern with a list of demands. An agreement was reached and Northwestern increased the number of admissions to reflect the percentage of African Americans in the national population, introduced Black studies courses into the curriculum and a created a headquarters for Black students to congregate and engage in their own social, political, and cultural activities under the administration of the Vice President for Student Affairs. The mission of the AASA is to support the completion of undergraduate academic programs by African Americans and Black students, and foster a positive sense of community at Northwestern University. The Department of African American Student Affairs (AASA) has overseen the operations of many organizations on campus, including For Members Only (FMO), Black Greek organizations, the Northwestern Community Ensemble, Black Athletes Uniting for the Light (BAUL) and Northwestern University Black Alumni Association.

Scope and Content Note:
The Records of the Department of African American Student Affairs (AASA) consist of historical information and materials relating to organizations, programs, and events under the sponsorship of the office.

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