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Northwestern Now: Summaries

Northwestern President Morton Schapiro delivered his second state of the University address on April 11, reiterating many of the themes he emphasized last week in Chicago — that Northwestern is on a solid financial track, that it continues to climb the rankings both nationally and globally, and that equalizing the undergraduate experience remains a top priority.President Schapiro, speaking on the Evanston campus for the second of two annual “Conversations With the President” events, again touted the University’s rise in both federal research funding and reputation, but also focused on the human side of the equation.He said he hoped that a part of his legacy will be the improved relationships between the president’s office and both the Faculty Senate and the Northwestern University Staff Advisory Council (NUSAC), which sponsored the event.“I hope this is now part of the DNA of the University, because it’s so important,” Schapiro said. “Without the 3,000 faculty and the 6,000-plus staff, we’d be nothing. It’s true we have almost 20,000 students, but who teaches them? Who supports them? Who keeps the labs going? So, I’m really proud that we built those kinds of relationships and I hope that they’re enduring.”Thursday’s event, at McCormick Foundation Center, drew a capacity crowd. As was the case with the “Conversations” in Chicago, President Schapiro was joined on stage for a panel with three members of the University’s senior staff:Jonathan Holloway, provost and chief academic officer
Craig Johnson, senior vice president for business and finance
Jeri Ward, vice president for global marketing and communications
Asked during the panel portion of the event what Northwestern has done to support diversity and inclusion, Holloway noted there are task forces dedicated to gender, non-binary, queer and transgender issues; student, faculty and staff wellness; and other issues related to equity.Borrowing a line from Associate Vice President for Equity Sarah …

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