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True Northwestern Dialogue Series

Northwestern's orientation process aims to provide you with opportunities for self-reflection and exploration, navigation of campus spaces and resources, connection with peers, and development of well-being management methods. The True Northwestern Dialogue (TND) series includes pre-TND modules—completed during the summer as part of Purple Prep—as well as in-person TND sessions during Wildcat Welcome that seek to begin engaging you in learning of these core areas to help you transition to your new community. Following the introduction to learning of these topics in orientation, you are encouraged to more deeply explore these topics throughout your time as a Wildcat.  

Pre-TND Requirements

Purple Prep includes seven pre-TND programs that lay a foundation for the dialogues that will take place during Wildcat Welcome.

All incoming students must complete pre-TND requirements to be eligible to register for fall courses during Wildcat Welcome. 

The Role of Land Acknowledgements at Northwestern

This pre-TND module explores what a land acknowledgement is and its significance, both individually and in relation to Indigenous peoples. You will learn the history of Native American initiatives at Northwestern, consider the role of settler colonialism in the lives of Native Americans, and discover how to intentionally and respectfully engage with Indigenous communities to build relationships beyond the land acknowledgement statement.

Campus Safety at Northwestern

This pre-TND module teaches you proactive approaches to preventing violence, preparing for emergencies, and responding to an emergency if one occurs.

  • Open May 3–August 31
  • Access Campus Safety
    • You must watch the full video and then click forward to the final page; reaching the final page will automatically mark this task as completed on your Purple Prep checklist.
  • Approximate time to complete: 15 minutes
  • Note: Subject matter may be emotionally challenging for some students. If this is true for you or if you have any questions, please email Student Transition Experiences at firstyear@northwestern.edu to determine an alternate means of completing the requirement.

Hazing Prevention 101

This pre-TND module teaches you how to recognize, prevent, and report hazing at Northwestern—actions crucial to fostering a campus community that has zero tolerance for violence.

  • Open May 3–August 31
  • Access Hazing Prevention 101
    • Click “Register”  (located at the top of the page) and use your @u.northwestern.edu email address.
  • Approximate time to complete: 20 minutes
  • Questions? Email the dean of students' office at hazingprevention@northwestern.edu, noting “Hazing Prevention 101” in the subject line.

AlcoholEdu

This pre-TND builds your well-being management skills by helping you make informed decisions about the role of alcohol in your college experience. By providing personalized feedback and strategies for dealing with the drinking behaviors of peers, it aims to challenge your assumptions about alcohol, encourages reflection on how alcohol-related choices can affect academic and social success, and emphasizes taking an active role in creating a healthy campus community.

  • Open August 3–September 5
  • Access AlcoholEdu
    • Use the same portal to access three other pre-TNDs: Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates; Mental Well-being; and Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging.
  • Approximate time to complete: 45 minutes
  • Questions? Refer to emails from Everfi with instructions for getting login help and technical support.

Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates

This pre-TND has two objectives: to initiate a conversation and to show what it takes to create a community that supports healthy sexuality rejects sexual violence. It covers how to identify sexual violence, how to define and uphold consent, and how to access on-campus and local resources related to support and reporting. Every member of the Northwestern community can help build a culture of zero tolerance for violence, and taking guidance from this pre-TND is a good way to start.

  • Open August 3–September 5
  • Access Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
    • Use the same portal to access three other pre-TNDs: AlcoholEdu; Mental Well-being; and Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging.
  • Approximate time to complete: 45 minutes
  • Questions? Refer to emails from Everfi with instructions for getting login help and technical support.
  • Note: The subject matter may be emotionally challenging for some students. If this is true for you, please  email the confidential counselors based in CARE, the Center for Awareness, Response, and Education at Northwestern, at care@northwestern.edu, noting "Concerns about Sexual Assault Prevention pre-TND" in the subject line. 

Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging

This pre-TND helps you reflect on the concept and expression of social identity in relation to race, ethnicity, gender, sex, class, ability, citizenship, age, and religion. It explores how individuals and groups experience power, privilege, and marginalization as a result of having one or more social identities. It concludes with an overview of Northwestern’s Student Code of Conduct and University-wide policies to prevent discrimination and harassment and encourage civility and mutual respect.

  • Open August 3–September 5
  • Access Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
    • Use the same portal to access three other pre-TNDs: AlcoholEdu; Mental Well-Being; and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
  • Approximate time to complete: 40 minutes
  • Questions? Refer to emails from Everfi with instructions for getting login help and technical support. Questions regarding content may be directed to firstyear@northwestern.edu.

Mental Well-being

This pre-TND defines the concept of wellness and the terms and language that will assist you as you consider methods for managing your mental well-being at Northwestern—a topic that will be further explored during Wildcat Welcome.

  • Open August 3–September 5
  • Access Mental Well-Being
    • Use the same portal to access three other pre-TNDs: AlcoholEdu; Diversity, Inclusion, & Belonging; and Sexual Assault Prevention for Undergraduates
  • Approximate time to complete: 45 minutes
  • Questions? Refer to emails from Everfi with instructions for getting login help and technical support. Questions regarding content may be directed to firstyear@northwestern.edu.

TND Sessions during Wildcat Welcome

The Pre-TND programs in Purple Prep provide you with foundation to then engage in the TND sessions during Wildcat Welcome. You participate in each TND session with a small group of other new students to engage in learning and dialogue of topics vital to becoming a Northwestern community member. Sessions include a first step into the learning of topics such as community values, well-being, healthy relationships and consent, and social justice and inclusion.
All incoming students must complete TND session requirements in order to gain access to register for winter quarter courses.

Continued Engagement of TND Topics

Pre-TNDs and TND sessions are the first time, but not the only time, you will be asked to engage with the topics raised in the sessions. Throughout your first year, you will be encouraged to participate in continued spaces of learning to build upon the foundation you built in Wildcat Welcome. You will see these optional opportunities included in ongoing communication from Student Transition Experiences.