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Message from the Vice President

Dear Northwestern students,

Welcome Wildcats!

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:

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,


Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Vice President for Student Affairs