MSA - Temp Black House Reservation

MSA - Temp Black House Reservation

This form serves as the formal process to request a spaces in the temporary Black House. MSA recognizes space is an important resource in supporting marginalized communities. Therefore we prioritize reservation request that align with our mission and the many communities we serve. Request to reserve a space must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. All requests are subject to review. Your reservation is not confirmed until you receive a confirmation email from MSA. 

Since the early 1970s the “Black House” has been a home away from home for Black students at Northwestern. The University created the space in fall 1968 as part of its agreement with students to end the Bursar’s Office takeover in April of that same year. In the “Black Student Statement and Petition to Northwestern University Administrators, April 22, 1968,” students wrote: “We demand a Black Student Union, a place to be used for social and recreational activities. … Black students have nothing at Northwestern to call our own. We need a place where we will feel free to come and to go as we please.” Since 1968, and then when the Black House moved in 1972, the Black house has been and continues to be that place. 

In order to honor the legacy of the Black House, MSA prioritizes events and student groups that center Blackness for reservations in the Black House. Please be mindful of the legacy of this space when submitting your request. MSA staff will respond to your request within 48 business hours. Please contact msa@northwestern.edu with any questions.