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Indigenous Graduate Student Collective (IGSC)

The Indigenous Graduate Student Collective (IGSC) is a group that is open to all, but primarily consists of graduate students, whose goals are:

1. Build a thriving on-campus community for Indigenous students, staff, faculty as well as non-Indigenous co-conspirators. 

2. Grow Northwestern’s relations with surrounding Indigenous communities and nations, both locally and internationally.

3. Promote and stimulate conversations on Indigenous peoples in the Americas and globally at Northwestern University. We seek to engage, discuss and complicate ideas of Indigeneity, belonging, sovereignty, resurgence, decolonization, resistance and genocide by engaging with scholars, artists, and activists who are concerned with these issues.

Visit the IGSC blog to read more about the collective and it's Teaching Lodge project. 

Teaching Lodge
Through collaboration with the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR), the Center for Engineering Sustainability and Resilience (CESR), Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, and the Native Studies cluster we are able to bring you this multiphase interdisciplinary community-based project that will provide participants a way to authentically learn, engage with, and support making Indigenous peoples and our issues visible and heard. The Teaching Lodge is a multifaceted project that is intended to serve local Native and non-Native communities by centering Native and Indigenous issues via holistic education. This project will serve as a way to build community while enacting our Indigenous knowledges, practices, values, teachings, and sovereignty in a grounded way.

Update: Construction is postponed until Spring 2022. 


Connect with the IGSC graduate student organization at