Most Recent Notes
Official statements, messages and announcements to the Northwestern community from President Morton Schapiro and other Northwestern University leaders.
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.
|martin luther king jr.||Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|finances||Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|social justice||Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|social justice, race, ahmaud arbery, injustice||Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|demonstration policy||Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|Native American Heritage Month||Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|well-being||Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Mona Dugo|
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.
|safety||Robin Means Coleman, Clyde Yancy|
September 21, 2021
Welcome to the first day of Fall Quarter and the 2021-2022 academic year at Northwestern.
|welcome||Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|juneteenth, racial justice||Robin Means Coleman|
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.
|social justice||Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro|
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, Craig Johnson, Kathleen Hagerty|
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.
April 19, 2021
Universities, including Northwestern, are and must continue to be instruments for discourse, rigorous debate and lasting change.
|social justice||Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, TiShaunda McPherson, Morton Schapiro, Manuel Cuevas-Trisán, Clyde Yancy|
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.
|faculty||Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, TiShaunda McPherson, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|social justice, racism||Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|social justice||Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|safety||Craig Johnson, Morton Schapiro|
March 19, 2021
We resolve to continue working toward building a society in which all people, from all backgrounds, are protected and valued.
|hate, violence, asian american, AAPI||Robin Means Coleman, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Robert McQuinn, Morton Schapiro|
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.
|president morton schapiro||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|diversity, robin means coleman, asian, asian american||Robin Means Coleman, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
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, Kathleen Hagerty, Manuel Cuevas-Trisán|
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.
|finance||Morton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson|
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.
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, Kathleen Hagerty, Sekile Nzinga|
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.
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.
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.
|social justice||Morton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
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.
|diversity, equity, inclusion||Morton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
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.
|election, health||Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson|
October 28, 2020
Northwestern opposes a new rule proposed by the Department of Homeland Security that would establish a fixed time period of admission and extension of stay procedure for nonimmigrant academic students, among others.
|international students||Morton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty|
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.
|free speech, protest, safety||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|election, vote||Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson|
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.
|benefits, retirement||Morton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson|
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.
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.
|welcome, president schapiro||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|social justice, inclusion||Morton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Manuel Cuevas-Trisán|
August 12, 2020
The health and safety of our more than 500 student-athletes always has been, and will continue to be, our number one priority.
|jim phillips, athletics, covid-19||Jim Phillips|
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.
|provost, kathleen hagerty||Morton Schapiro|
July 8, 2020
Whether or not our students are impacted directly, we will work tirelessly with our academic peers to ensure no students anywhere are affected.
|ICE, international students, president morton schapiro||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|ICE, international, provost||Kathleen Hagerty|
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.
|dreamer students, DACA, president morton schapiro||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|racial justice, diversity||Morton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Manuel Cuevas-Trisán|
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, manuel cuevas trisan, diversity||Sekile Nzinga, Manuel Cuevas-Trisán|
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, milan märkisch, international||Kathleen Hagerty, Milan Mrksich|
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.
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, student affairs, racial injustice||Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
May 29, 2020
We can all increase our resolve to create a Northwestern community, and a world, where all people are accorded the dignity and the safety they deserve.
|president morton schapiro, minneapolis||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|coronavirus||Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier, Luke Figora|
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.
|finances, president morton schapiro||Morton Schapiro, Kathleen Hagerty, Craig Johnson|
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.
|commencement, graduates, president, morton schapiro||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|president, morton schapiro, covid-19, financial||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|well-being, students||Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
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.
|spring quarter, coronavirus||Morton Schapiro|
March 20, 2020
It’s been said that great people, and great generations, are forged in circumstances that test and refine their best qualities.
|president morton schapiro, coronavirus, spring break||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|coronavirus, spring break||Morton Schapiro, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
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.
|coronavirus||Morton Schapiro, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
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.
|emergency notification, AlertNU, Crime Notice, police||Craig Johnson, Bruce Lewis|
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.
|U7+, Roberta Buffett Institute for Global Affairs, president morton schapiro||Morton Schapiro|
January 21, 2020
Provost Jonathan Holloway will become the 21st president of Rutgers University, effective July 1, 2020.
|provost, jonathan holloway||Morton Schapiro|
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.
|global strategic plan, buffett institute for global affairs||Jonathan Holloway|
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.
|martin luther king jr.||Morton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway|
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.
|finances, budget, investment||Morton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson|
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.
|journalism, medill, daily northwestern, charles whitaker||Charles Whitaker|
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.
|NASEM, harassment, title IX||Jonathan Holloway|
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.
|winter recess||Morton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson|
October 31, 2019
The staff engagement survey of 2017 provided invaluable insights, which have continued to drive change across Northwestern.
|staff engagement survey||Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson|
October 17, 2019
We write with an important update on changes to the academic calendar and to share some exciting news about commencement.
|academic calendar, commencement||Morton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway|
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.
|health, well-being, students, help||Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
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.
October 7, 2019
To mark the 150th anniversary of coeducation at Northwestern, we are celebrating our community of remarkable individuals — past, present and future.
|150 years of women||Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
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.
|discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct||Morton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway, Craig Johnson|
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.
|undergraduate student lifecycle||Jonathan Holloway, Julie Payne-Kirchmeier|
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.
|Welcome, Fall||Morton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway|
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.
|Faculty Pathways Initiative||Jonathan Holloway|
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.
|150, women||Morton Schapiro, Jonathan Holloway|