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Return to Campus Discussion Series

To help you navigate Northwestern’s Phased Return to Campus, the University is presenting a series of online discussions about key topics, including important health and safety policies, academics, facility changes, residence halls and dining, testing and contact tracing and other subjects. The goal is to answer your questions and create a dialogue to ensure our return to campus goes smoothly.

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Watch Past Discussions

Student Health and Safety Update (Tuesday, August 4)


  • Luke Figora, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer – Northwestern


  • Gwen Butler, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Risk Management – Northwestern
  • Lucas Christain, Assistant Dean and Director of Student Conduct – Northwestern
  • Dr. Richard D’Aquila, Associate Vice President for Research, Howard Taylor Ricketts Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases) - Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern
  • Carlos Gonzalez, Executive Director of Residential Services – Northwestern
  • Kevin Harris, Senior Director Operations, Facilities – Northwestern
  • Dr. Michael G. IsonProfessor, Infectious Diseases & Organ Transplantation - Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine & Northwestern Medicine
  • Ike Ogbo, Director of Health and Human Services – City of Evanston
  • Dr. Robert Palinkas, Executive Director of Health Service – Northwestern

Guidance for International Students (Thursday, July 30)

Discussion hosts:

  • Luke Figora, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
  • Kelly Mayo, Interim Dean of The Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education


  • Annelise Riles, Executive Director, Northwestern Buffett Institute for Global Affairs
  • Theresa Johnson, Interim Director, International Student and Scholar Services
  • Sarah Wake, Associate General Counsel

Academic Planning for Fall 2020 (Thursday, July 23)

Discussion hosts:

  • Jaci Casazza, University Registrar
  • Kelly Mayo, Interim Dean, TGS; Associate Provost for Graduate Education
  • Miriam Sherin, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Mark Francis, Associate Provost for Operations and Facilities

Return to Campus (Thursday, July 16)

Discussion hosts:

  • Kathleen Hagerty, Interim Provost and Professor
  • Luke Figora, Senior Associate Vice President, Chief Risk and Compliance Officer