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The Commune

Being a graduate student at Northwestern should be an exciting and fulfilling experience.  The Department of Political Science has a very active student body, and many events, activities, and programs to enhance the student experience. 

The Commune is the formal organization of Political Science graduate students, started in 1968. The Commune is led by two elected co-chairs, and their board has recently expanded to include a secretary and a treasurer.

The Commune's reputation is well known throughout Northwestern; in 2013, the Commune was nominated for two Northwestern University awards: a Community Enrichment Award and an Outstanding Graduate Student Organization Award. Although they didn't win, these nominations are a testament to the hard work and involvement of the department's graduate students in our community!

The Commune is a very active each academic year, and continues to work on many long-term projects to improve graduate student life in Political Science.  Listed here is only a small sample of what the Commune plans and provides for the Department. 

Student-intitiated proposals have resulted in several new programs, processes, and perks.  These include:

Numerous professional development events, with support from a grant from TGS:

Under the heading of gender and the discipline, the Commune organized:

A growing series of organizational and social events:

The diversity initiative which helped our department make important strides in implementing a package of proposals intended to increase the presence of under-represented minorities, including:

The Commune leaders can be reached at, and welcome input and suggestions from all members of the community!

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