Student Groups

Undergraduate Student Groups

Alternative Student Break
Alternative Student Break is dedicated to the creation and implementation of community service trips to various underserved communities in the United States. In efforts to broaden students’ understanding about the effects of poverty on health and health care, our program provides medical students with hands-on experiences working with marginalized and/or underserved communities that they might not encounter in the Chicago-land area. The three-fold mission of our program focuses on education, service and reflection.

American Red Cross @ Northwestern
The American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, provides relief to victims of disaster and helps people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies. The Northwestern chapter strives to raise awareness for all of those in need.

Camp Kesem
Camp Kesem empowers college student leaders nationwide to create free, life-changing summer camps for children affected by a parent's cancer. Their mission is to provide children affected by a parent's cancer with a supportive, lifelong community that recognizes and understands their unique needs while at the same time, helping college students develop invaluable leadership skills by developing and managing every aspect of the Camp Kesem Chapter.

Engineers for a Sustainable World
Engineers for a Sustainable World (ESW) mobilizes engineers through education, training, and practical action, building collaborative partnerships to meet the needs of current and future generations. The Northwestern University chapter has been actively involved with several engineering projects including wind power in Nicaragua and water pumps the Phillipines.

Engineering World Health Northwestern
Engineering World Health (EWH) Northwestern seeks to inspire and mobilize the engineering community, to improve the quality of healthcare in vulnerable communities. More specifically, to provide the members of EWH Northwestern with the opportunity to repair, build, and learn about medical devices. 

Engineers Without Borders
EWB-NU 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.

Global Architecture Brigade
Global Architecture Brigades (GAB) designs and constructs socially responsible and sustainable architecture solutions in developing nations. A think tank design approach that utilizes extensive community dialogue and independent research to create efficient, appropriate, and elegant structures to be embraced and utilized by those for whom they were built.

Global Engagement Summit
The Global Engagement Summit (GES) is a five-day international training conference for students committed to global change. Created in 2005, the summit was first organized by Northwestern's Center for Global Engagement. The summit brings together student delegates to focus on understanding the challenges and opportunities for their engagement, develop their skillsets, and connect with like-minded peers from around the world.

Global Medical Brigade
Medical Brigades at Northwestern University is a chapter of Global Brigades, the world's largest student-led global health and sustainable development organization. The Medical Brigades at Northwestern University chapter systematically works with more than 300 other university groups around the world to deliver and implement one of nine skill-based programs that benefit more than 130,000 Honduran and Panamanian community members annually. Global Medical Brigades develops sustainable health initiatives and provides relief where there is limited access to healthcare. Each community receives a brigade every 3 to 4 months where hundreds of patients are treated and volunteers deliver public health workshops.

Global Medical Missions Alliance
Global Medical Missions Alliance (GMMA) members are Christian Healthcare Professionals striving to TEACH and CARE for the well-being of the WHOLE PERSON in Mind, Body, and Spirit. GMMA members strive to reach out to the Next Generation to EQUIP them for World Missions, and to fulfill the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. GMMA members are the future healthcare leaders representing all races and ethnicities to “ARISE & SHINE” for God’s Glory and Grace wherever they go, at home and throughout the world.

Global Water Brigade
Global Water Brigades is powered by groups of students and professionals dedicated to finding and implementing clean water and sanitation solutions. Each of these groups comes on a "Brigades" to Honduras to support the development of rural communities.

GlobeMed, which originated at Northwestern University in 2006, is a network of university students, which partner with grassroots organizations around the world to improve the health of the impoverished. The Northwestern University GlobeMed Chapter is actively involved in a partnership with the Adonai Child Development Centre in Namugoga, Uganda. Additionally, every year, GlobeMed holds the GlobeMed National Conference on Northwestern University's Evanston campus.

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.

Our mission is to help families achieve greater freedom from the constraints of poverty, empowering them to live healthier lives. MEDLIFE aims to achieve this goal through partnering with motivated individuals in poor communities working to improve their access to medicine, increase education and enhance community development. MEDLIFE believes access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. To this end, we commit our time, resources, knowledge and hope to bring Medicine, Education and Development to Low Income Families Everywhere (MEDLIFE).

Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault
Men Against Rape and Sexual Assault (MARS) is an all-male peer education group affiliated with CARE, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. Its purpose is to engage and educate men about the issues of rape and sexual assault.

Mountains for Moms
Mountains 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.

Northwestern Community Development Corps (NCDC)
NCDC is a student-run organization that seeks to engage students in community development at Northwestern, in Evanston, and throughout Chicago. NCDC promotes civic engagement through direct service, social awareness, and advocacy. NCDC offers an interactive guide to volunteering sites in the area. Visitors can search for volunteer locations based on proximity with a wide range of themes. Site information and contact information for the NCDC site leaders are included.

Northwestern Emergency Medicine Organization
Northwestern Emergency Medicine Organization serves to promote a greater visibility for the broad-range applications of emergency medicine on campus and within the Greater Chicago area. Whereas other health organizations on campus attract pre-health students exclusively, NEMO teaches life-saving knowledge and skills to the entire Northwestern community.

Northwestern Pre-Dental Society
Northwestern Pre-dental society (NUPDS) strives to unite NU pre-dental students and serves as a resource as students explore careers in oral healthcare or prepare enter to dental school.  NUPDS is focused on educating students about career options in dentistry and offering support to undergraduates navigating pre-dental preparations including course requirements, volunteer opportunities, and DAT test preparation.  NUPDS also aims to strengthen networking connections with dental professionals and students in the greater Chicago area as well as within the NU community.

Northwestern University Community Health Corps (NUCHC)
The Northwestern University Community Health Corps is a group dedicated to improving health outcomes in the Evanston and Skokie area by increasing access to health information and resources. We are creating student-run health desks at the Evanston and Skokie Libraries, training community health advocates for Erie Family Health Center, forming a health  database and website of community resources, and organizing local public health-related events. We partner with the Evanston and Skokie Public Libraries, Erie Family Health Center, the Evanston and Skokie  Health Departments, and Northwestern global health faculty and staff. If you’re interested in learning more, please e-mail:

NU Active Minds
NU Active Minds acts as a liaison between the Northwestern community and university mental health services. We work to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness through education, advocacy and awareness events. We encourage positive mental health for all through open conversation in safe environments.

One Step Before
The purpose of One Step Before is to serve the minority premedical students of Northwestern University, by providing valuable information that premedical students need, prior to attending medical school, through meetings, workshops, events, etc. This organization works diligently to try to stimulate the interests, of premedical students at Northwestern University, in the medical field by encouraging and promoting all minorities in medicine. One Step Before serves as an organization that promotes the interests of Northwestern University’s minority, pre-health students. OSB’s purpose is to provide educational opportunities and events that are relevant to its members in addition to social and networking outlets. As the representative voice of Northwestern’s minority pre-health students, OSB seeks to instill a consciousness in its members about contemporary issues and disparities of the medical world, especially those that pertain to minority groups.

Peer Health Exchange
Peer Health Exchange's mission is to give teenagers the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions by training college students to teach a comprehensive health curriculum in public high schools that lack health education. PHE's vision is that, one day, all teens will have the knowledge and skills they need to make healthy decisions.

Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity
The Illinois Gamma chapter of PhiDE International Medical Fraternity at Northwestern University provides its members with mentorship, leadership and volunteering opportunities, social activities and scientific education. Our international philanthropy is Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, which we fundraise for every year. PhiDE brings high-profile speakers to NU's campus to discuss important issues in the medical field, such as the new health care plan, the role of research and funding in medicine, and even speakers that advice pre-medical students on their path into medical school. Our recruitment of members occurs in the fall and spring quarters. 

Project RISHI
We are Project RISHI, a national college-based organization dedicated to improving health care in rural India. Currently, we are working with a village called Charnia. A developing village that is struggling to its feet, Charnia lacks properly established clinics, legitimate pharmacies, and a positive culture of health prevention. Over half of the population suffers from some kind of chronic condition such as anemia or intestinal worms that robs them of their health and lifestyle. That is why Project RISHI is establishing a full time health clinic in Charnia. Working with community leaders, we hope to create a fully staffed health clinic at the epicenter of the village, where any Charnian can come for support and treatment.

NU Rotaract dedicates spring break to international service, connecting with Rotaract chapters abroad and working on a weeklong project. We also join other Rotaractors and Rotarians from all around the nation at the annual forum held before the Rotary International Convention. This event offers Rotaractors from all over the world the chance to meet, discuss issues of mutual interest, and develop bonds of international understanding and goodwill.

Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE)
Sexual Health and Assault Peer Educators (SHAPE) is a student organization affiliated with CARE that provides education, organizes events, and generates campus dialogue about sexual health and sexual assault.  SHAPE's mission is to increase students’ comfort about sexuality, encourage them to learn and adopt healthy sexual behaviors and help them recognize and address unhealthy and dangerous behaviors and attitudes regarding sexuality. SHAPE fulfills this mission by providing peer-led presentations and workshops to students, organizing outreach events, collaborating with other student organizations on relevant events, and serving as a resource for individual students looking for accurate information about sexual health and sexual violence.

The Medical Decoder
The Medical Decoder is a student-produced publication run by, and designed for, those interested in the world of medicine and health care. The Medical Decoder, The MD for short, features easy to read, concise articles on topics important for aspiring physicians to know and provides a collaborative environment for aspiring physicians to share their interests, passions, and concerns about the directions medicine is heading in.

UNICEF NU seeks to engage Northwestern University students in global health issues and encourage them to advocate for children’s rights. UNICEF NU benefits the Northwestern community by connecting students to a major intergovernmental organization - UNICEF. Our organization will also place a unique focus on the promotion of children’s rights and helping vulnerable child populations internationally.

Unite for Sight
Unite for Sight is a nonprofit global organization that aims to improve eye health and eliminate blindness by providing free eye care services to more than 200,000 people worldwide each year. Unite for Sight has provided free eye care to 1,600,000 of the world's poorest people and 69,076 sight-restoring surgeries by coordinating and sponsoring local eye clinics and ophthalmologists in Ghana, Honduras, and India. 

The mission of NU Listens is to provide all Northwestern students, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation or gender representation, with a free, confidential peer listening service. We also aim to improve the mental health climate at Northwestern by promoting education and conversation regarding mental health issues. Peer listening is not counseling or therapy. The point of peer listening is to create a safe, confidential, non-judgmental environment where students can come to talk about anything they want. We do not provide advice or dictate what you should talk about with us. Instead, we practice a technique called "active listening."

Feinberg School of Medicine Student Groups

Alliance for International Development (NU-AID)
Northwestern University Alliance for International Development. NU-AID strives to improve the health of the communities they serve, in Chicago and internationally- immediately, by providing primary medical care to underserved populations, and for the foreseeable future, by engaging in public health educational initiatives.

American Red Cross
The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The American Red Cross club's main responsibility is to run bi-monthly blood drives on the Chicago campus. The blood drives do not require much time of volunteers, but they provide great leadership experience.

FSM Student Committee on Global Health
The Center for Global Health places great value on engaging with FSM students in global health education initiatives at the medical school and invites their participation in the center's work by announcing a call for new members for the FSM Student Committee on Global Health. FSM students from all class years are invited to participate. By serving on the student committee, FSM students have a unique opportunity to work alongside center administrators and faculty to help shape the vision and direction of global health education at Feinberg.  Members also gain an opportunity to network with peers and develop connections across classes with other student leaders interested in global health.

Health Equity Taskforce
The Health Equity Task Force (HETF) is a student led organization of Feinberg School of Medicine focused on achieving Health Equity in our communities. We in the Health Equity Task Force recognize that health is more than healthcare. We see health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being, not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. We believe that health is a fundamental human right, and that for a community to be truly healthy it must be equitable. And the research is clear, when communities successfully increase health equity everyone in that society lives longer and healthier lives. It is only in coming together that we can achieve health equity in our communities - not that anyone has less, but that everyone has more.

Northwestern Public Health Review
NPHR is a student-run academic journal. Our goal is to take you behind the scenes of public health and provide a simpler platform for students and faculty to share their public health perspectives, ideas, and original research.

Kellogg School of Management Student Groups

Global Health Initiative
The Global Health Initiative is a partnership between private industry, non-profit donors and academia to develop products that address health issues facing underserved communities around the world.

Healthcare Club
The Healthcare Club at Kellogg strives to provide a forum for students interested in healthcare topics and career paths. Through professional and social events, panel discussions, and leadership series, the club aims at providing students support and networking opportunities to help further dreams of becoming part of the healthcare communities throughout the world.

Kellogg Net Impact Club
The Kellogg Net Impact Club is a student-run organization and an official chapter of the Net Impact national organization. We are dedicated to promoting social impact at Kellogg and shaping some of the world's most talented socially-oriented business leaders.

Pritzker School of Law Student Groups

Health Law Society
The Northwestern Health Law Society (HLS) was founded in 2014 to provide opportunities for students interested in the rapidly growing field of health law. HLS holds events to discuss healthcare policy issues, careers in the healthcare industry, and to provide students the opportunity to attend industry symposiums and conferences. Additionally, HLS works with other student groups to hold health-related public interest events, such as registration drives for bone marrow donors and blood drives.

Human Rights Project
The Human Rights Project is designed to introduce students to the professional human rights community at Northwestern, in Chicago, nationally, and abroad. The group consists of two branches. The advocacy branch collaborates with local and global human rights organizations to develop manageable legal projects in which students of all levels of legal experience may participate. The education branch works to cultivate a human rights community on campus by organizing social and educational events.

If/When/ How
If/When/How is a national organization of law students and lawyers committed to educating and organizing law students to successfully defend and expand reproductive rights. The mission is to raise awareness on campus about current reproductive justice issues, including political, legal, and socio-economic restrictions to reproductive health care and the links between racism, classism, sexism and reproductive freedom.

OUTLaw provides opportunities for students to act together on the political, social, and academic concerns of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and to be in contact with affiliated communities in the Chicago area. OUTLaw concentrates on increasing awareness and discussion of such issues as hate crimes against lesbian and gay men, discrimination on the basis of HIV status, the intertwined nature of homophobia and sexism, and the legal aspects of today's changing conceptions of family and domestic partnership.