"We shared many stories, laughs, and a new experience all in one! Some of us plan to reunite for a tour of Evanston and look forward to building a relationship."
"I look forward to maintaining contact with the NU students and connecting with another group!
"What do three strangers, a college female from Athens, Greece, a college male from Seattle, Washington, and a middle-aged female from Evanston who sit down to share a meal have in common? Plenty!"
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Julie Kliegman's report in North by Northwestern University
On October 6, 2011, Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl and Northwestern University joined with PeaceAble Cities Evanston to create an evening of hospitality for new Northwestern students. Sixty Evanston households volunteered to host NU students, 150 NU students participated in our first Evanston Evenings event.
"We were able to congregate and talk about each other's backgrounds, life experiences, and educational aspirations."
"It was a super idea and we would be happy to participate again."
Walk and Talk
On the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11, we held Evanston's first Walk and Talk.
All who live, work, worship, or study in our community were invited to gather at Dar-us-Sunnah Mosque to walk two miles to the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation’s synagogue. Both congregations led tours and offered information about their houses of worship.
Every ten minutes along the way, volunteers with signs reading “Time to Change” signaled participants to find a new person to walk and talk with until they arrived at the next sign.
Five hundred people made new connections, broadened their understandings of one another, and had a very good time! A subsequent Walk and Talk was held in 2012.