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Message from the Vice President

Dear Northwestern Students,

Welcome to Northwestern and our dynamic Wildcat family! I am ever energized by our Northwestern community, and I am excited for the experiences you will have here and the unique impact each of you will have on this University.    
Your journey at Northwestern stretches far beyond the classroom. While you’re here, you’ll be exposed to new ideas and meet people with experiences, viewpoints and backgrounds that may differ from your own. We hope you embrace the opportunities this presents and view each new engagement and conversation as a way to learn and grow.   
We are firmly committed to our on-going vision to build just, healthy, and meaningful student learning experiences both for and with you. We are also dedicated to supporting, partnering with and engaging with you throughout your entire Northwestern experience so that you can fully engage with all that Northwestern has to offer.  
In the Division of Student Affairs, our students are our purpose. Whether it's finding your place and space on campus, connecting with other students who share and challenge your perspectives, stretching your own understanding of yourself and your world through trainings and programs, trying out new things, caring for yourself, or gaining a better idea of what you believe and value, we are here for you. 
Our expert staff are focused on your health and well-being; diversity, equity, and inclusion work; and student engagement and involvement in a multitude of ways. I encourage you to explore our departments and student resources, stay updated via the Paw Print student newsletter, and connect with our team. You can also connect directly with me via email, as we see each other on campus or at events, or sign up for a time during my posted conversation hours; I look forward to hearing from you.  
In closing, know that we believe in you and all that you can achieve. And we will be here for you every step of the way, walking beside you in challenging moments and celebrating your successes with you along your journey.   
Again, welcome to Northwestern! 
With gratitude and care,  
Julie Payne-Kirchmeier  
Vice President for Student Affairs