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Official statements, messages and announcements to the Northwestern community from President Morton Schapiro and other Northwestern University leaders.

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Northwestern Responds to ICE Announcement

July 7, 2020
Northwestern is studying the new ICE announcement closely to determine how the modifications to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program may impact our international students.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Provost
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Support for Our LGBTQIA+ Community and Dreamers

June 25, 2020
We have been proud to offer the fullest possible financial aid, resources and support for our Dreamer students, whom we consider fellow Americans in the fullest sense.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
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Commitments Toward Social Justice

June 14, 2020
Let us be clear: Northwestern’s commitment to racial and social justice must be unrelenting. We vehemently oppose anti-blackness and police brutality. It should not be a controversial or a political statement to declare that Black Lives Matter.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Vice President for Human Resources
racial justice, diversityMorton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Manuel Cuevas-Trisán

Supporting Black Members of Our Campus Community

June 3, 2020
To our black colleagues and students, we stand with you. As we move forward, we remain your advocates in the implementation of policies, practices, and ways of being that ensure Northwestern will be a safer, equitable, and just community for our black staff, faculty, students, and administrators.
Sekile Nzinga
Sekile Nzinga
Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Vice President for Human Resources
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Northwestern’s Commitment to an Inclusive, Global Academic Community

June 2, 2020
In light of the U.S. government’s recent proclamation on the suspension of entry "of certain students and researchers from the People's Republic of China," we want to express Northwestern University’s commitment to being an inclusive, global academic community.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Provost
Milan Mrksich
Milan Mrksich
Vice President for Research
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Northwestern Strives to be an Instrument of Change

May 31, 2020
Northwestern’s commitment to equity in all forms is unwavering. I know that we have work to do before this commitment is fully realized, but I assure you that we will not stop working toward this goal.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Provost
Kathleen Hagerty

Support and Care in Times of Racial Injustice

May 31, 2020
As your Vice President for Student Affairs, it is my purpose to work toward the creation of a truly inclusive Northwestern in a way that honors the experiences and stories of those most impacted by racial injustice.
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
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Phased Return to Campus Plan

May 22, 2020
Northwestern has developed a set of Core Responsibilities that will guide our return to campus strategy and approach. These depend on all of us working together to protect the health and well-being of our community.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Luke Figora
Luke Figora
Senior Associate VP and Chief Risk and Compliance Officer
coronavirusKathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Luke Figora

Update on University Finances

May 11, 2020
We want to thank you for the collective resolve and teamwork you have displayed in recent weeks as we respond to the COVID-19 pandemic that has upended all of our lives. At a moment such as this, we are proud to be a part of a forward-looking, caring community. So many of our people have made remarkable personal sacrifices.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Interim Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
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Plans for 2020 Commencement Ceremonies

April 22, 2020
Due to ongoing guidance from public officials and public health authorities, it is clear for the greater good of our community that Northwestern must conduct commencement and confer degrees in a virtual format.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
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Financial Implications of COVID-19

April 16, 2020
I want to offer you some perspective on how Northwestern is adjusting plans for the short-term and long-term due to the global coronavirus emergency.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
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Enhancing Our Sense of Well-being in the Time of COVID-19

April 13, 2020
Even though we may be physically distant, our Northwestern community is here for you as we all work toward developing, maintaining and enhancing our sense of well-being.
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
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Welcome to Spring Quarter 2020

April 6, 2020
While our university family is scattered far and wide, we will continue to teach, learn and push forward the frontiers of knowledge. This is only possible through the remarkable efforts of our faculty and staff, and the extraordinary resilience and flexibility of our students.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
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Playing Our Best Role in a Global Saga

March 20, 2020
It’s been said that great people, and great generations, are forged in circumstances that test and refine their best qualities.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
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Canceling University-sponsored Spring Break trips to international destinations

March 4, 2020
After careful consideration, Northwestern is canceling all University-sponsored Spring Break trips to international destinations involving undergraduate and graduate/professional school students due to multiple factors associated with the spread of COVID-19 here and abroad.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
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Efforts to Safeguard Our Campuses from Coronavirus Disease 2019

February 28, 2020
At Northwestern, we are taking proactive measures to safeguard the well-being of our community as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has spread to some 40 nations around the world.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
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New System for Emergency Notification

February 18, 2020
Northwestern is launching an enhanced campus-wide emergency notification system to warn students, faculty, staff and visitors more quickly in the event of an immediate or imminent threat on campus, as well as other important situations.
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
Bruce Lewis
Bruce Lewis
Chief of Police and Associate Vice President
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Northwestern to Host 2nd Annual U7+ Global Summit

January 28, 2020
U7+ is an alliance of university presidents from countries that will participate in the 46th annual G7 Summit, to be held this summer at Camp David.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
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The Global Strategic Planning Process is Underway

January 16, 2020
The world needs universities to make ambitious commitments to address global problems. At Northwestern, we are excited to play our part. The forthcoming strategic plan will articulate university-wide priorities and set a course for action and impact.
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
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Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 13, 2020
This month, the Northwestern community will celebrate the legacy of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr, contemplating his historic achievements and his enduring call for us to raise our sights ever higher.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
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2020 Financial Update

January 9, 2020
The University’s academic and fiscal fundamentals are sound. An unprecedented period of growth in recent years has cemented our status as a Top 10 institution with an endowment just under $11 billion.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
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The Daily Northwestern’s Coverage of Campus Events

November 12, 2019
Journalism is under assault in a variety of spheres. But my hope is that we at Northwestern can model ways in which a community can promote freedom of the press while also demonstrating how we conduct healthy and respectful debate.
Charles Whitaker
Charles Whitaker
Dean of the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications
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Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Ed

November 11, 2019
Northwestern is one of 28 institutional founding members of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s (NASEM) Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education.
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
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Winter Recess 2019

November 7, 2019
Continuing a recent tradition, we will observe Winter Recess on Dec. 26, 27 and 30, 2019, in order to offer an extended break to our University community.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
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Staff Engagement Progress

October 31, 2019
The staff engagement survey of 2017 provided invaluable insights, which have continued to drive change across Northwestern.
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
Priya Harjani
Priya Harjani
Interim Vice President for Human Resources
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Changes to the Academic Calendar

October 17, 2019
We write with an important update on changes to the academic calendar and to share some exciting news about commencement.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
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Supporting Health and Well-being

October 10, 2019
Critical partnerships with students, faculty, staff, alumni and our Evanston and Chicago communities demonstrate Northwestern’s commitment to students' well-being and can be seen in many ways.
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
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Creating an Ombuds Office

October 8, 2019
I am pleased to announce our plans to create a professional ombuds office at Northwestern to serve students, faculty and staff. The office will help individuals navigate resources and offices at the University.
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
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Kicking Off Our Celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Coeducation

October 7, 2019
To mark the 150th anniversary of coeducation at Northwestern, we are celebrating our community of remarkable individuals — past, present and future.
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
150 years of womenJonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Initiatives for Preventing and Responding to Discrimination and Harassment

October 1, 2019
It is essential that we hold each other accountable for creating a culture where community members feel comfortable coming forward to report discrimination, harassment and sexual misconduct to the Office of Equity, and where we make clear to one another that this behavior is not tolerated.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Senior Vice President for Business and Finance
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Implementing the Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Initiative

September 26, 2019
We are excited to announce that we are starting to implement an initiative this fall that will directly benefit our undergraduates, particularly those who identify as first-generation, low-income and/or marginalized and underrepresented minority students.
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
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Welcome from President Schapiro and Provost Holloway

September 24, 2019
For those of you who are returning to our campuses this week, we hope the summer was a time of renewal. For those of you who are just beginning your adventure at Northwestern, we welcome you to one of the most distinctive places you will find anywhere in American higher education.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
Welcome, FallMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway

Announcing the Faculty Pathways Initiative

September 20, 2019
The Faculty Pathways Initiative is a groundbreaking new multi-year program with the goal of accelerating faculty members’ development and advancement across their careers.
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
Faculty Pathways InitiativeJonathan Holloway

150 Years of Women at Northwestern

August 26, 2019
This fall marks 150 years since women could enroll as Northwestern undergraduate students. As we collectively mark this milestone — and celebrate the individuals who have shaped Northwestern — we have many opportunities to reflect upon the past and to recommit ourselves to improve the present and future.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Jonathan Holloway
Jonathan Holloway
Provost and Professor
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