How to Be Heard

 

Slivkans can use this page as a resource for ensuring that their voices are heard by persons in power within the Northwestern community, across a variety of departments.

Below is a list of Who to Contact which you may wish to contact to voice concerns or suggestions, or to request in-person meetings (the most effective option for having your voice heard). Next is a list of Persuasion Strategies which exec strongly recommends you follow.

The table on this page is the Argument Catalog. When arguing on an issue, take a look at the existing arguments in the catalog and consider adding them to your email. If you have arguments that do not appear in the catalog, consider adding them to strengthen future correspondence sent by Slivkans here.

WHO TO CONTACT:

Feel free to CC multiple people on one e-mail! We particularly recommend showing up in person and calling – it’s harder to ignore and you know you were heard.

Open Suites/Bathroom Cleaning Services

Roger Becks, Director of Administrative Services
E-mail: roger.becks@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-467-5441
Office: 2122 Sheridan, Suite 150

Paul Hubinsky, Senior Associate Director, Residential Life
E-mail: paul.hubinsky@northwestern.edu
Office: 2122 Sheridan, Suite 150

Mark D’Arienzo, Senior Associate Director, Administrative Services
E-mail: darienzo@northwestern.edu

Johnathan Winters, Associate Director of Residential Services
E-mail: johnathan.winters@northwestern.edu

Andre Hebert, Residence Director
E-mail: andre.hebert@northwestern.edu
Office: Slivka front lobby, by the Assistant Chair’s Office

UREC

Provost Jonathan Holloway
E-mail: nu-provost@northwestern.edu
Office: Rebecca Crown Center, northernmost part

Patricia Telles-Irvin
E-mail: tellesirvin@northwestern.edu

Food and Dining

Ken Field, Director of Dining
E-mail: ken.field@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3944

Other Building and Maintenance Issues

Submit a SchoolDude (link on homepage; password is wildcat)

Andre Hebert, Residence Director
E-mail: andre.hebert@northwestern.edu
Office: Slivka front lobby, by the Assistant Chair’s Office

IF THOSE PEOPLE AREN’T HELPFUL

Jennifer Luttig-Komrosky, Executive Director of Residential Services
E-mail: luttig@northwestern.edu

Morton Schapiro, President
E-mail: nu-president@northwestern.edu

PERSUASION STRATEGIES

DO NOT:

Do anything that will allow the administration to write you off as an angry/privileged/bored/unreasonable lazy teenager/young adult. Don’t give them any easy outs.

DO:

Make the impacts of your arguments relate to something they claim is important to them i.e. UREC claims one of its main goals is to equalize the living experience but providing certain services to some buildings and not others seems to be the direct opposite of that.
Kill them with kindness. By being as polite as possible, the only thing they can conceivably talk about is your arguments. Eliminating the possibility of ad hominem attacks forces them to engage, and on your terms. Concessions and Refutations: Acknowledge the validity of their own decisions but then weigh them against the points you are making i.e. Making suites more secure is understandable and it makes sense to limit accessibility. However, this didn’t take into account the nature of our community and now the doors are all just propped open, which means anybody can walk into any suite.
Cite sources and examples! Most of the people making these decisions haven’t lived in a dorm for years, if ever. Paint a picture for them of what exactly daily life looks like here and how their decisions are complicating it. If you’re making points about the perils of sanitary napkin disposal, cite sources saying it’s a real issue, such as this article.