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Staff Advisory Board Update: Spring 2017

The Weinberg College Staff Advisory Board hosted a number of engaging events in the spring — and looks forward to gathering a Weinberg College contingent for the Evanston YWCA's annual Race Against Hate on June 18. 

For more information about future and past events, keep reading. 

College Staff Join the Race Against Hate

The Weinberg Staff Advisory Board has created a racing team for the Evanston YWCA’s 18th annual Ricky Byrdsong Memorial Race Against Hate. The annual race is in honor of former Northwestern basketball coach Ricky Byrdsong, who in 1999 was murdered by a white supremacist while on a walk with his two young children. The race raises money for YWCA racial justice and violence prevention programs. This year’s event is on Sunday, June 18th, and includes a 5/10k race, a 5k walk, and youth mile/half mile races. The Weinberg College team is looking for more team members and donations. You can join the team or make a donation here.

Campus Architectural Tour

Northwestern University Archivist Kevin Leonard led a group of Weinberg staff on an architectural tour of the campus on Thursday, April 13th.  Looping around south campus through a hidden underground archive and ending at the Shakespeare Garden, Kevin shared the history of our campus spaces. He covered common knowledge — for example, that University Hall was the first building on the Northwestern campus — to more obscure trivia, such as the history of the Shakespeare Garden, whose founding was a feature of the campaign to build support for the British in the buildup to World War I. Despite the cold weather, about 20 staffers showed up and enjoyed the tour.

YWCA Stand Against Racism

Weinberg College staff joined with fellow staff at Northwestern and other Evanston community members to participate in the YWCA’s annual Stand Against Racism campaign.  Hundreds of participants stood along Ridge Road and other areas around Evanston to show solidarity in the effort to raise awareness of racial injustice. Many drivers honked their horns to show their support. Stand Against Racism is a signature campaign of the YWCA to build community to work toward racial justice and to raise awareness about the negative impact of institutional and structural racism. 

Science Salon and Humanities Hours

The Science Salon and Humanities Hour on April 12 hosted a co-sponsored lecture with the Weinberg College mentors group, featuring psychology and Kellogg School professor Eli Finkel, who discussed how historical shifts have led to the weakening of “average” marriages and the strengthening of the best marriages over time. Finkel discussed how these two consequences have pushed marriage toward an all-or-nothing state.

Mathematics professor Ursula Porod on May 10 concluded this year’s series with a discussion on the role of probability theory to quantify uncertainties and compute the odds for seemingly unpredictable situations in our everyday lives. In the engaging lecture, Porod also discussed some of the basic ideas that underlie the theory. ​

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