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Supporting our Indian Community

Dear members of the Northwestern community,

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.

India and the United States enjoy lengthy historic ties, and nowhere is that more evident than in higher education. Many members of our Northwestern University community — including many of our brightest students and researchers and many of our most dedicated staff and alumni — have been directly impacted by this ongoing crisis. As a community, we mourn with all those who have lost loved ones or are suffering from the impacts of this health emergency. Whether you are in India or following the news from afar, we stand with you.

For those who need help during this challenging time, resources are available on our campus. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides mental health services for undergraduate and graduate students on the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Faculty and staff can access the Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which provides a network of services, including free and confidential short-term counseling.

For those who wish to show solidarity and support, the Indian Graduate Student and Scholars Association (IGSSA) at Northwestern has joined forces with other university groups across the United States to raise funds for essential supplies. We encourage you to donate and ask others to do the same.

We have learned in the past year that this virus truly knows no borders. Our global Northwestern community stands strong and resilient in our commitment to confront this crisis and in our care for one another.