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

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Monkeypox Updates and Resources

September 21, 2022
With the repopulation of our campuses for the new academic year, we take this opportunity to share that Northwestern Medicine Student Health Service has created a new webpage with details about monkeypox symptoms, transmission, treatment, vaccination and student resources.
Kristin Abbott
Kristin Abbott
Medical Director, Northwestern Medicine Student Health Service
Luke Figora
Luke Figora
Vice President for Operations
monkeypoxKristin Abbott, Luke Figora

Welcome to the First Day of the 2022-23 Academic Year

September 20, 2022
In all that I do, I hope to establish a reputation for being honest, kind, inclusive and transparent. It is an honor to be your 17th president, and I will do my utmost on your behalf.
Michael Schill
Michael Schill
President and Professor
president Michael schillMichael Schill

Building a Kind and Caring Community This Year

September 12, 2022
With some programs already underway and many more preparing to start next week, I want to wish you a successful year filled with personal and academic discovery.
Mona Dugo
Mona Dugo
Assistant Vice President of Wellness and Dean of Students
mona dugo, students, welcomeMona Dugo

Excited About the Opportunities Ahead

September 6, 2022
Welcome back! Whether you are preparing for the start of your academic year, or it already has begun, I hope you had a productive summer with time to rest and recharge.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
provost, kathleen hagerty, welcomeKathleen Hagerty

Information About Monkeypox: Planning Our Approach to Preparation and Prevention

August 9, 2022
As federal and state officials raise awareness of the spread of the monkeypox virus, Northwestern has engaged with public health and infectious disease experts to gather information and carefully plan our approach to preparation and prevention efforts.
Anita Opdycke
Anita Opdycke
Director of Operations, Northwestern Medicine Student Health Service
Luke Figora
Luke Figora
Vice President for Operations
monkeypox, health careAnita Opdycke, Luke Figora

An Update on Northwestern’s Alternative Work Strategies Policy

July 19, 2022
This spring, we committed to engaging the community to learn about the challenges and opportunities related to working remotely and to hear your thoughts about Northwestern’s Alternative Work Strategies (AWS) policy. We are pleased to provide an update today.
Lorraine Goffe
Lorraine Goffe
Vice President for Human Resources
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Lorraine Goffe, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson

Supporting the Northwestern Community in Its Work

July 18, 2022
Know that I, Provost Kathleen Hagerty, Executive Vice President Craig Johnson and our other senior leaders stand ready as always to support you so that you can do your best work at a time when the world so clearly needs it.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
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Support for Our President-elect

July 11, 2022
We have asked President Morton Schapiro to stay on as president until we select his successor. I want to thank Morty for agreeing to do so, delaying his return to Southern California and new ventures to continue to serve the University community that he loves so dearly.
J. Landis Martin
J. Landis Martin
Chair of the Board of Trustees
J. Landis Martin

I’m Very Sorry to Deliver This News

July 11, 2022
Today was supposed to be my first day on campus as President-elect, in anticipation of succeeding Morton Schapiro as your next president on Sept. 1. Last week, I learned that I have an aggressive form of cancer, which will require all my strength and resolve to fight, prohibiting me from being able to serve as your next president.
Rebecca Blank
Rebecca Blank
President-elect
Rebecca Blank

Shooting at Highland Park Parade

July 4, 2022
As we continue to learn more about the violence in Highland Park that has killed at least six people and left more than two dozen others injured, we must strengthen our resolve to work tirelessly to make our community and our nation better for all who live here.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Highland park, parade, shootingMorton Schapiro

Northwestern commemorates the 50th anniversary of Title IX

June 23, 2022
June 23, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, a landmark piece of legislation for gender equity in our country. Over the five decades since that day, Northwestern has been vigilant in addressing gender discrimination and advancing progress toward a more equitable world.
Derrick Gragg
Derrick Gragg
Combe Family Vice President for Athletics & Recreation
Title IXDerrick Gragg

Your Feedback Matters

May 16, 2022
Northwestern is a world-class teaching and research institution, and our exceptional faculty and staff are central to furthering its growth and success. You, our employees, are mission-driven and proud of the University, and we are all the better for it.
Lorraine Goffe
Lorraine Goffe
Vice President for Human Resources
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President Morton Schapiro Tests Positive for COVID-19

May 11, 2022
I want to share with you the news that I tested positive for COVID-19 last night. I’m fully vaccinated and boosted and am taking the recommended precautions per CDC and University guidelines.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
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Collaborating Across Disciplines for a Sustainable Future

April 14, 2022
This April marks the 52nd anniversary of Earth Month — a time when the warmer weather draws us outdoors to enjoy the changing season. It is also an ideal time to consider the role each of us plays in the future of our planet.
Michael R. Wasielewski
Michael R. Wasielewski
Executive Director, Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern
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Alert Regarding Employment Email Fraud

March 31, 2022
The Northwestern Information Security Office and Northwestern University Police Department (NUPD) have received reports about a widespread employment email scam targeting students nationally, including at Northwestern.
Sean Reynolds
Sean Reynolds
Vice President for Information Technology
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
security, information technology, fraudSean Reynolds, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
community relations, engagement, covid-19, evanstonDave Davis

Alternative Work Strategies Policy Extension and Long-term Workforce Planning

March 28, 2022
Last summer, in response to the pandemic and other workplace dynamics, Northwestern implemented an Alternative Work Strategies policy that gave school and unit leadership the flexibility to implement unique workforce strategies—including but not limited to on-campus, hybrid and remote work—in accordance with their varied operational needs.
Lorraine Goffe
Lorraine Goffe
Vice President for Human Resources
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
alternative work strategies, human resourcesLorraine Goffe, Kathleen Hagerty

Seeking Peace in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict

February 27, 2022
The Northwestern community grieves for those who have suffered at the outset of a fateful new war in Europe, mindful that a number of people on our campuses have been affected directly or indirectly by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
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Denouncing Act of Intimidation

February 23, 2022
On Feb. 22, student office assistants in the Multicultural Center discovered a message written on a whiteboard that said, “I am insane, also I have a gun.” Northwestern takes any act of intimidation or threat seriously and is actively investigating the incident.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
intimidationRobin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro

Our Collective Responsibility to Confront All Forms of Social Injustice

January 21, 2022
As a community, we must remain steadfast in our commitment to fostering an environment where every Wildcat feels safe, welcome and affirmed. The responsibility to intentionally engage in areas of difference and act swiftly when injustice occurs is a responsibility that we all share.
Derrick Gragg
Derrick Gragg
Combe Family Vice President for Athletics & Recreation
social justiceDerrick Gragg

Reflecting on the Lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 17, 2022
As Northwestern pauses today in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we reflect on the lessons of one of history’s iconic leaders in the spirit of growth, community and service to a cause greater than ourselves.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
martin luther king jr.Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro

2022 Financial Update

January 13, 2022
Despite a worldwide pandemic that continues to impact individuals, society and the global economy, Northwestern begins 2022 in a stable financial position. We believe this will allow us to address the unpredictable challenges of the pandemic while making crucial investments in our people and infrastructure.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
financesKathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Morton Schapiro

Commitments to Social Justice: Fall Update

November 23, 2021
In June 2020, we announced 10 commitments to advance racial and social justice within our institution and our surrounding communities. Since then, the Northwestern community has been turning those words into action.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
social justiceRobin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro

Acknowledging Injustice While Awaiting a Verdict

November 23, 2021
Regardless of the outcome of the Ahmaud Arbery trial, it is important to remember that there will be members of the Northwestern community who will disagree on whether the jury reached the proper verdict.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
social justice, race, ahmaud arbery, injusticeRobin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro

Demonstrations and Freedom of Expression

November 9, 2021
Over the past many months, and throughout Northwestern’s history, activism, debate and demonstration have played a vital role in University life. We want to therefore reiterate our demonstration policy, the freedoms and duties that this policy affords us all and the consequences for not upholding those responsibilities.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
demonstration policyKathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro

Responding to Anti-Indigenous Speech at the Rock

November 8, 2021
As we wrapped up the first week of Native American Heritage Month, we were disheartened to discover that the Rock tribute designed in celebration by Northwestern’s Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance was painted over during the weekend with hateful and anti-Indigenous speech. The University is unequivocal in support of its Indigenous community and condemns the messages painted over the tribute.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Native American Heritage MonthRobin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro

Actions to Support the Well-Being of Our Community

October 1, 2021
We all are concerned and upset to learn about individuals who reported they were drugged without their consent last weekend. We understand the desire for immediate action and immediate results, and we also understand the need to conduct a thorough investigation, which this situation warrants. We have taken several actions to protect the health, safety and well-being of our community as the investigation proceeds.
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Mona Dugo
Mona Dugo
Assistant Vice President of Wellness and Dean of Students
well-beingJulie Payne-Kirchmeier, Mona Dugo

Update on the Community Safety Advisory Board and Campus Safety

October 1, 2021
As we start a new academic year filled with excitement and optimism, we are mindful that we are returning to campus amidst a continuing national dialogue about social justice. In particular, we recognize the national epidemic of violence targeting the BIPOC community.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Clyde Yancy
Clyde Yancy
Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Feinberg School of Medicine and Co-Chair, Community Safety Advisory Board
safetyRobin Means Coleman, Clyde Yancy

Fall Welcome

September 21, 2021
Welcome to the first day of Fall Quarter and the 2021-2022 academic year at Northwestern.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
welcomeKathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Morton Schapiro

Juneteenth National Independence Day

June 18, 2021
Yesterday, President Joe Biden signed into law the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, designating June 19 as a public holiday. This historic action came just one day after Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation declaring Juneteenth an official state holiday.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
juneteenth, racial justiceRobin Means Coleman

Commitments to Social Justice: One Year Later and Looking Ahead

June 16, 2021
We recognize that building a campus community where everyone feels a deep sense of belonging requires not merely ambitious goals but a different way of being.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
social justiceRobin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro

New Diverse Candidate Slates Policy Advances Equitable Hiring Practices

May 14, 2021
Today, we announce an important piece of that pledge – a new university-wide policy on diverse candidate slates (DCS) for staff that will go into effect June 14.
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Vice President for Human Resources
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán, Craig Johnson, Kathleen Hagerty

Supporting our Indian Community

April 30, 2021
In recent weeks, we have seen heart-wrenching scenes from India as a new COVID-19 variant has fueled a record number of cases, pushing the death toll above 200,000. The situation is worsening as oxygen supplies dwindle and intensive care beds become scarce.
Annelise Riles
Annelise Riles
Executive Director of the Buffett Institute and Associate Provost for Global Affairs
indiaAnnelise Riles

Northwestern’s Pursuit of Systemic Change

April 19, 2021
Universities, including Northwestern, are and must continue to be instruments for discourse, rigorous debate and lasting change.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson
Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson
Assistant Vice President for Inclusion and Chief of Staff for Student Affairs
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
TiShaunda McPherson
TiShaunda McPherson
Associate Vice President, Office of Equity
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Vice President for Human Resources
Clyde Yancy
Clyde Yancy
Vice Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, Feinberg School of Medicine and Co-Chair, Community Safety Advisory Board
social justiceRobin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, TiShaunda McPherson, Morton Schapiro, Manuel Cuevas-Trisán, Clyde Yancy

Supporting Our Faculty

April 16, 2021
We write today to affirm our commitment to an inclusive environment where all in the Northwestern community feel welcomed, supported, and valued, and in which their scholarship broadens perspectives and contributes to conversations about the most important matters of our day.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
TiShaunda McPherson
TiShaunda McPherson
Associate Vice President, Office of Equity
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
facultyRobin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, TiShaunda McPherson, Morton Schapiro

Acknowledging the Trauma of Police-Involved Killings

April 15, 2021
The persistent, systemic nature of police brutality can take a psychological toll on many in the Northwestern community, particularly Black, Indigenous, People of Color. For Black people, who are disproportionately shot and murdered at the hands of the police, these killings are an all-too-frequent reminder of the urgent work that needs to happen to ensure issues of systemic racism and all forms of oppression are addressed.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
social justice, racismRobin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro

Update on Commitments to Social Justice

March 31, 2021
Our quarterly update on our social justice commitments reflects the continued dedication of Northwestern community members, our social justice action leaders and so many of you striving for change on our campus and in the larger community.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
social justiceKathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro

Updates on Community Safety External Review and Action Steps

March 23, 2021
Over the past many months, Northwestern has asked you for input as we work toward one of our highest priorities — ensuring that we are all safe and feel welcome on our campus, especially members of our BIPOC community. An important part of that process is a reexamination of our campus safety services and the ways by which we support and protect you.
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
safetyCraig Johnson, Morton Schapiro

This Week’s Tragic Events in Georgia

March 19, 2021
We resolve to continue working toward building a society in which all people, from all backgrounds, are protected and valued.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Robert McQuinn
Robert McQuinn
Vice President for Alumni Relations and Development
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
hate, violence, asian american, AAPIRobin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Robert McQuinn, Morton Schapiro

A Message to the Community

March 4, 2021
I am writing to let you know that, at the end of 13 gratifying years, my term as 16th president of Northwestern will conclude on Aug. 31, 2022.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
president morton schapiroMorton Schapiro

Solidarity with Asian and Asian American Communities

February 23, 2021
We turn with gratitude to our faculty, staff and student community members who research, teach and train, and through this work reveal the diversity and rich histories of our Asian and Asian American communities.
Robin Means Coleman
Robin Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
diversity, robin means coleman, asian, asian americanRobin Means Coleman, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Care and Support for Our Community

February 5, 2021
Over the last week, we have heard from many in our community who are upset about allegations of harassment and discrimination within our Cheer Team. At Northwestern, we must not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination, and we must continue the vital work of ending it.
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Vice President for Human Resources
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Kathleen Hagerty, Manuel Cuevas-Trisán

2021 Financial Update

January 13, 2021
We thank everyone at Northwestern for the extraordinary ingenuity and resiliency you have demonstrated over the last year. You have all risen to meet this global challenge, and it is because of all your efforts that a great university will emerge stronger yet.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
financeMorton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson

Welcome to Winter Quarter 2021

January 11, 2021
Welcome to Winter Quarter. I especially want to offer my warmest greetings to our many students who are arriving on campus for the first time. We want you to have the best possible experience this quarter, under some of the most challenging circumstances students have ever faced.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
welcomeMorton Schapiro

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

January 8, 2021
In the coming weeks, months and years, we will continue to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by working to fulfill our own University-wide commitments. And we will be ever-mindful of his words, that “true peace is not merely the absence of tension; it is the presence of justice.”
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Sekile Nzinga
Sekile Nzinga
Interim Chief Diversity Officer
Morton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Sekile Nzinga

Violence at the U.S. Capitol

January 6, 2021
Northwestern affirms the sanctity of our country’s 244-year-old democratic institutions and processes, especially the peaceful transition of power, the rule of law and adherence to the results of a free and fair election.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
electionMorton Schapiro

Community Standards of Conduct

December 17, 2020
As we wrap up this year, let us invest in ourselves and our campus community in ways that enhance our mission to create a safe and welcoming environment for all. Through our collective efforts, we will create the University we desire to see.
TiShaunda McPherson
TiShaunda McPherson
Associate Vice President, Office of Equity
equityTiShaunda McPherson

Fall Quarter Update on Commitments to Social Justice

December 15, 2020
As we enter 2021, we acknowledge that we still have much to learn and unlearn, and much work to do and to undo. Some of the tasks ahead reflect past commitments left unfinished. But we rededicate ourselves to urgent and impactful change.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
social justiceMorton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Upcoming Opportunities for Campus-Wide Dialogue and Partnership

November 13, 2020
To build on the work students, faculty and staff already are doing on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion, we would like to update you on several key initiatives that you will hear more about in the days ahead.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
diversity, equity, inclusionMorton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

Election 2020: Supporting Your Safe and Meaningful Engagement

November 4, 2020
We acknowledge that many people consider this to be among the most consequential American presidential elections ever. The fact that the outcome is still unsettled as votes continue to be counted will undoubtedly cause additional anxiety for some members of our community.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
election, healthKathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson
international studentsMorton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty

Next Steps Toward Dialogue and Change

October 27, 2020
I am unwavering in my support of free speech, protest without intimidation or violence, and, most importantly, the safety of everyone in our community. I want nothing more than to work with all students, faculty, staff and alumni of Northwestern to move our University forward on the path to equity and justice. Your passion for improving our school in every way possible is something I value and share.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
free speech, protest, safetyMorton Schapiro

Preparing for the 2020 Presidential Election

October 26, 2020
As the election approaches, we write to offer resources to help you vote, to promote your safety and well-being, and to support your safe and meaningful engagement in the vitally important issues we face as a country and as a community.
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
election, voteKathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson

Retirement Contributions to Resume January 1

October 21, 2020
We are pleased to announce that Northwestern will resume 5% automatic and 5% matching contributions to the Retirement Plan beginning January 1, 2021, for all active faculty and staff Plan participants.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
benefits, retirementMorton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson

Weekend Protests in Evanston

October 19, 2020
Northwestern firmly supports vigorous debate and the free expression of ideas — abiding principles that are fundamental for our University. We encourage members of our community to find meaningful ways to get involved and advocate for causes they believe in — and to do so safely and peacefully. The University protects the right to protest, but we do not condone breaking the law.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Morton Schapiro

Fall Welcome from the President

September 16, 2020
Whether we are together in person or spread across the globe, it is an honor to be your president as we enter this academic year with a renewed sense of resilience, compassion, and service to one another and to the world.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
welcome, president schapiroMorton Schapiro

Update on Commitments to Inclusion and Social Justice

September 10, 2020
As we near the beginning of a new academic year, we want to update you on our ongoing efforts, initially outlined in June, to make Northwestern a safer, more equitable and more inclusive place for all.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
Kathleen Hagerty
Kathleen Hagerty
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Vice President for Human Resources
social justice, inclusionMorton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
jim phillips, athletics, covid-19Jim Phillips

Kathleen Hagerty Appointed Provost

August 11, 2020
Kathleen Hagerty has been instrumental in helping guide us through the COVID-19 pandemic, providing strong leadership when we have needed it most. She now becomes Northwestern’s first woman provost.
Morton Schapiro
Morton Schapiro
President and Professor
provost, kathleen hagertyMorton Schapiro
ICE, international students, president morton schapiroMorton Schapiro

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
Provost
ICE, international, provostKathleen Hagerty

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
dreamer students, DACA, president morton schapiroMorton Schapiro

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
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Manuel Cuevas-Trisán
Vice President for Human Resources
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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
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
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
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
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
Luke Figora
Luke Figora
Vice President for Operations
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
Provost
Craig Johnson
Craig Johnson
Executive Vice President
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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
Executive Vice President
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

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
Executive Vice President
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs
coronavirusMorton Schapiro, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

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
Executive Vice President
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
martin luther king jr. Morton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway

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
Executive Vice President
finances, budget, investmentMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson

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
NASEM, harassment, title IXJonathan Holloway

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
Executive Vice President
winter recessMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson

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
Executive Vice President
Priya Harjani
Priya Harjani
Interim Vice President for Human Resources
staff engagement surveyJonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson

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
ombudsJonathan Holloway

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
Executive Vice President
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
Executive Vice President
discrimination, harassment, sexual misconductMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson

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
undergraduate student lifecycleJonathan Holloway, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier

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
150, womenMorton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway