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Under the direct supervision of the University President, the Office of Government Relations staff serves as the liaison to officials and agencies of the U.S. government, State of Illinois, City of Chicago and Cook County. The Office coordinates governmental policy development within Northwestern and works to promote the University as a resource to government officials as one means of fulfilling the University's societal obligations as a tax exempt organization. The Northwestern Government Relations staff also represents the University to membership organizations, associations, consortia, and alliances with whom Northwestern has common interests.

All University Government Relations initiatives are established annually by the University President after consultation with the provost, deans, and senior staff.

New Policy

Faculty and staff must consult with the Office of Government Relations prior to initiating contact with federal, state, or local elected officials and must report and account for legislative and/or lobbying activities.

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State of LGBT Health Symposium at Northwestern

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State Representative Greg Harris, Dr. Karen Parker (Director, Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office at National Institutes of Health), and Dr. Brian Mustanski (Director, Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Well-Being) pose for a photo before the start of the State of LGBT Health Symposium on August 18, 2016. (Photo credit: Randy Belice for Northwestern Medicine)

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State Representative Greg Harris presented the welcome address at the State of LGBT Health Symposium. He spoke about the importance of cultually-competent health care delivery at the event.

Rep. Jan Schakowsky meets 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows at Northwestern

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The 2016 Mandela Washington Fellows pose with Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky after her speech about leadership and public service on June 28, 2016. 

Asst. Professor James Rondinelli Addresses Need For Federal Research Funding at Washington, DC Roundtable Event

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On May 5, 2016 Assistant Professor James Rondinelli took part in a media roundtable event in Washington, DC to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing emerging national leaders in science and engineering. The event included 11 recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Rondinelli addressed the importance of federal funding to his research career and the students he now trains. Link to the full story.

Alderman Hopkins Honors Feinberg Students for Life-Saving Actions

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At a May 9, 2016 meeting of the Lake Shore Park Advisory Council, City of Chicago Alderman Brian Hopkins presents Feinberg medical students with a City Council Resolution recognizing their life-saving actions to save a Streeterville resident who had suffered a heart attack while jogging in the park. Read the full story here.

In the picture from L-to-R:  Alderman Brian Hopkins, Krish Suresh, Sneha Goswami, Jessica Quaggin-Smith, Carla Berkowitz, and Max Kazer. 

Truman Scholarship Nominees Visit Springfield


Northwestern University students, Catherine Sobilo, Hayeon Kim, Kelsey Pukelis, and Christina Cilento meet with State Senator Napoleon Harris III following the Governor's State of the State Address in Springfield, IL on January 27, 2016.

Senator Durbin Announces $2 Billion NIH Increase

Dr. Todd Kuiken (left), Professor Milan Mrksich, Dean Eric Nelson, and Associate Professor Emily Rogalski listen as U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced a $2 billion dollar increase in the NIH budget for FY2016. Read the full story here.

Interview of Dr. Milan Mrksich

On July 29, 2014, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky interviewed Dr. Milan Mrksich, Henry Wade Rogers Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, and Cell and Molecular Biology, in her Congressional office.  Professor Mrksich and the Congresswoman discussed his research in the area of nanotechnology, challenges to technology transfer, and the future directions of nanotechnology research.

Evanston Day in Springfield Video

On February 26, 2014, the City of Evanston and Northwestern University hosted their 5th Annual "Evanston Day in Springfield" event. Watch the video here!