Message from the Vice President
Dear Northwestern students,
I hope that you were able to rest and recharge over the break. As we settle into our new routines, remotely or in person, I am excited to welcome many of our first- and second-year undergraduate students to campus to join their graduate and undergraduate peers. A short time ago, you received a welcome message from President Schapiro. I want to echo the President’s appreciation for your patience and resolve, especially in light of recent events in Washington D.C. and elsewhere. While this is certainly an academic year like no other, I am energized by our return to on-campus living, and look forward to connecting virtually and in person when it is safe to do so.
As you begin this quarter, I want you to know that we at Northwestern believe in you and want you to succeed. Many resources are available to you, either remotely or in some cases in person, and we remind you of these resources often so they are top-of-mind when you need them:
- Wellness: Your health and well-being are Northwestern’s top priorities. CAPS Evanston, CAPS Chicago, Health Service – Evanston, Health Service – Chicago, CARE, Health Promotion and Wellness and NU Recreation are all here for you. Each program offers services, support and resources to assist you in caring for your mental and physical wellness. Our Dean of Students’ office and Religious and Spiritual Life team also offer support for students.
- Academic assistance: Academic Support and Learning Advancement (ASLA) offers undergraduate study groups, drop-in tutoring, peer academic coaching and more. AccessibleNU is here to help students with disabilities who need support navigating Northwestern, including help with note taking and testing services.
- Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC): The offices that make up CIC (Social Justice Education, Student Enrichment Services and Multicultural Student Affairs) are here to help students find community at Northwestern and provide education and training for students on issues of race, equity and social justice. Please reach out to get involved in programs and events designed around affinity and community.
- Financial assistance: Northwestern has many resources to help students make healthy decisions about their finances. Our financial aid offices can help students understand assistance options and create a personalized aid packages. As always, if undergraduates encounter unique expenses or changing financial circumstances, please reach out to Undergraduate Financial Aid, which can assist through its emergency aid process or by re-evaluating financial aid eligibility. Graduate students should connect with their respective school or aid office.
- Northwestern Career Advancement (NCA): NCA continues to provide students with full services as they search for full-time jobs and internship opportunities. NCA uses the Handshake platform for students to schedule virtual career counseling and advising appointments or attend employer information sessions, career fairs and interviews online. Students also can use the platform to apply for funding to support unpaid summer internships.
- Student engagement and involvement: Many student organizations and departments/offices have organized online community-building activities, and can help students plan for possible future in-person meetings. Visit Campus Life, Residential Services and Norris University Center to learn how to get involved.
- Testing and COVID-19 safety: Our testing protocols and other proactive measures are designed to help keep our community safe. Wildcat Wellness is critical for the Northwestern, Evanston and Chicago communities, so we can safely live and study together. Keeping our community safe and healthy after Wildcat Wellness is all of our responsibility, so we all must uphold our community standards.
Follow The Paw Print, our weekly student e-newsletter, for updated programs and events offered by the Division of Student Affairs and our partners across campus. Check in with Northwestern Now and the COVID-19 website to stay current on our work as a community.
The events of 2020 were incredibly challenging and now extend into the early days of 2021. Recent events at our nation’s Capitol as well as injustices worldwide continue to amplify the need to create a more just and equitable community. As we enter 2021 with all of its possibilities, we still have work to do together. As a community, we can look out for and take care of each other. Please reach out for help and assistance when you need it. Connect and engage with our faculty and staff, and offer support to your fellow Wildcats. Get connected to the causes you believe in. Overall, a collective commitment to our community is what makes this Northwestern home so special.
I wish you all the best as we begin this new term. Be safe and Go ‘Cats!
With gratitude and care,
Vice President for Student Affairs