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Student Docents

Block Museum Student Docents play a key role in animating the vision of the museum by engaging directly with our public. 

What do student docents do?

Docents' primary role is to facilitate in-gallery learning experiences. They lead all of our tours which engage the full breadth of Block audiences, including university students and faculty coming for class visits related to their courses of study, adults visiting the museum from neighboring communities, and well elementary and high school-age students.

To support them in their role, docents receive in-depth training on the art that the museum presents as well as on how to be dynamic, effective facilitators. They meet with Block curators and read related texts to equip them with deep content knowledge about current exhibitions. They work closely with the Engagement staff to learn about and experiment with different approaches to gallery teaching and learning, including inquiry-based dialogue.

Because of their deep involvement in the Block, docents also serve as ambassadors to the university and surrounding communities, helping to ensure the campus community as well as our neighbors in Chicago and the north shore are aware of the Block as a resource, a space for art and dialogue, and their free museum.

Who are Block student docents?

Student docents span the campus, majoring in English, Philosophy, Economics, Sociology, Global Health, Theater, Journalism, Middle Eastern and North African Studies, Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Social Policy, Radio, Television and Film and more.

How do I get involved?

Applications for 2019-2020 are now closed.  Applications for 2020-2021 will open in April 2020.

We are looking for current Northwestern University students from across campus who are...