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Official statements, messages and announcements to the Northwestern community from President Morton Schapiro, Provost Jonathan Holloway and other NU leaders.

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Playing Our Best Role in a Global Saga

Mar 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
president morton schapiro, coronavirus, spring breakMorton Schapiro

Canceling University-sponsored Spring Break trips to international destinations

Mar 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
coronavirus, spring breakMorton Schapiro, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Efforts to Safeguard Our Campuses from Coronavirus Disease 2019

Feb 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
coronavirusMorton Schapiro, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

New System for Emergency Notification

Feb 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
emergency notification, AlertNU, Crime Notice, policeCraig Johnson, Bruce Lewis

Northwestern to Host 2nd Annual U7+ Global Summit

Jan 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
U7+, Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, president morton schapiroMorton Schapiro
provost, jonathan hollowayMorton Schapiro

The Global Strategic Planning Process is Underway

Jan 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
global strategic plan, buffett institute for global affairsJonathan Holloway

Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 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
martin luther king jr. Morton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway

2020 Financial Update

Jan 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
finances, budget, investmentMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson

The Daily Northwestern’s Coverage of Campus Events

Nov 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
journalism, medill, daily northwestern, charles whitakerCharles Whitaker
NASEM, harassment, title IXJonathan Holloway

Winter Recess 2019

Nov 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
winter recessMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson

Staff Engagement Progress

Oct 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
staff engagement surveyJonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson

Changes to the Academic Calendar

Oct 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
academic calendar, commencementMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway

Supporting Health and Well-being

Oct 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

Oct 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

Oct 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

Oct 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
discrimination, harassment, sexual misconductMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson

Implementing the Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Initiative

Sep 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
undergraduate student lifecycleJonathan Holloway, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Welcome from President Schapiro and Provost Holloway

Sep 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

Sep 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

Aug 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
150, womenMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway