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Division of Student Affairs

Building just, healthy, and meaningful student learning experiences.

Student Affairs cultivates student programs, services, and skills; disrupts barriers; and partners across Northwestern and neighboring communities to create a culture in which all students can thrive.

Welcome to Student Affairs

As students navigate their time at Northwestern University, the Division of Student Affairs is here to support and engage with students every step of the way. From the moment students are admitted to Northwestern, to the day they cross the stage during graduation, we help students learn about themselves and their purpose, engage with and build community, make long-standing connections, navigate challenges and seek out help, and prepare for the future. In short, we help students thrive. 
A student’s time at Northwestern is full of possibilities—academically and beyond. More than 30 departments across the Student Affairs engage students throughout their Northwestern experience, provide resources, and help them develop important skills both in and out of the classroom. We provide services that are essential to a positive student experience and offer expertise in health and well-being; diversity, equity, and inclusion; and student engagement and involvement. 


Coronavirus Update

Northwestern University is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak (commonly known as coronavirus) to best advocate for the health and safety of our campus community. The University advises that all community members take necessary precautions to protect themselves from this virus. To follow Northwestern updates, please visit our COVID-19 information page.

CAPS- Taking Care of Your Mental Health during the CoVID19 Outbreak

Announcements & Events


Pat Lamkin-Interim VP
Dr. Pat Lampkin joins Student Affairs as Interim Vice President

Dr. Pat Lampkin joins Student Affairs as the Interim Vice President for Student Affairs. Pat most recently worked as a consultant and coach after her distinguished career in Student Affairs at the University of Virginia for four decades.

When asked by the Northwestern Now about the opportunity to come to Northwestern, Pat shares, “I have always viewed Student Affairs as the heart and soul of any institution of higher education — the place where we help shape rich student experiences. It’s a partnership in which students are integral to our success. It doesn’t happen, however, without the relationships and everyday hard work of Student Affairs professionals.”
Pat returns to her home state of Illinois with her husband, Wayne Cozart. Pat has family in the area and sees this as a great opportunity professionally and personally.



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Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive

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Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive

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The Block Collects 2022

December 1, 12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Block Museum of Art, Mary and Leigh, 40 Arts Circle Drive

very year The Block brings new works of art into the collection to support Northwestern University’s teaching and learni...

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