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A Welcome Message to Students

Dear students,

No matter where this letter finds you in your Northwestern journey, I want to wish you a successful start to the 2023-24 school year.

I joined our community as the Vice President for Student Affairs in the spring. Our division is a large and diverse one, and our number one job is being there for any student who needs help, advice or guidance during their time at Northwestern.

From health and wellness to involvement and inclusion, Student Affairs offers many resources to support undergraduate and graduate students from the time they first move into their residence halls to the steps they take across the stage during Graduation Weekend. NUhelp is your guide to Northwestern’s wellness, safety and crisis resources — whenever you may need them.

For more specific needs, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is our primary mental health resource for students. Every Northwestern student located in the U.S. also has access to TimelyCare, a free virtual mental health app that provides scheduled counseling, the TalkNow 24/7 on-demand service and group sessions. For FAQs and download instructions, visit Everyone’s well-being journey is different, and I encourage you to reach out to the Northwestern resource that is right for you.

I would also like to share some news about some of the fun campus traditions that bring our community together. Through a partnership between the Office of the President, Student Affairs and the Associated Student Government, the University has funded the anticipated costs of A&O Productions’ Fall Blowout and Mayfest’s Dillo Day and is actively working with Dance Marathon on the planning for this year’s event.

And as always, the Northwestern Student Handbook provides an important reminder of the values we expect you to uphold as you pursue both personal and academic discovery.

A special welcome to our new undergraduate and graduate students, and to our transfer students. I look forward to meeting many of you in the coming weeks as we build a kind and caring community together.