Northwestern University announced today it is making funding available for student groups and academic units planning events this academic year to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first major sit-in at the school in May 1968.
On May 3, 1968, more than 100 undergraduate and graduate students occupied the Bursar’s Office. The peaceful 36-hour occupation ended with university leaders committing to enhance services and support for black students related to admissions, scholarships, housing, curriculum, counseling and facilities — which led to the creation of the African American Studies Department and the establishment of the Black House.
The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is leading the University’s year-long celebration of the historic event, in partnership with the Northwestern University Black Alumni Association.
The University’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion is offering funding of up to $2,500 to support events and programming related to commemoration of the takeover.
To be eligible for funding, an event or program must have an educational or inspirational mission directly related to the 50th anniversary and take place between February and May this year.
Funding applications will be accepted through April 30.
In a new video focused on the history of the Bursar’s Office Takeover, Charla Wilson, archivist for the black experience at Northwestern, tells the story of the events surrounding the takeover in May of 1968, including visual and audio records of the protest.
Northwestern will honor this important milestone with an array of events that will culminate in a series of programs in May. A full list of programming can be viewed on the 50th Anniversary Commemoration website.