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Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award

Northwestern Seniors,

Please think about a high school teacher who made a difference in your life and take a few minutes to nominate that person for the 2021 Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award. The nomination process takes only about the length of a study break, but can make a world of difference to a teacher. Former honorees say that “having someone feel that way about what I am doing in my class is amazing”.

Give back. Nominate a teacher today at . Applications are due December 14th at 11:59 PM.

Recipients of this award each receive $5,000, as well as $5,000 for their schools, and are honored during Commencement activities. To hear about the experiences of former winners, please visit our website.

Please contact with any questions. All students who nominate a teacher before the early deadline, November 25, will be automatically entered to win NU winter wear gear or $100 Amazon gift card.

Posted on behalf of the Distinguished Secondary Teacher Award (DSTA) Committee, Office of the President

Analytics for Social Good

Winter 2021… IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good

Northwestern Juniors and Seniors – from all colleges and departments – consider joining IEMS 365: Analytics for Social Good 

Tues/Thurs 3:30 -4:50

Professor Karen Smilowitz
Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences

This university-wide course in humanitarian and non-profit logistics explores the challenges and opportunities of achieving social good in the age of analytics. Students work on interdisciplinary teams on a series of case studies that range in topic from advanced technology for disaster response and preparedness to improved decision-making frameworks for community-based health care providers. To assist in the understanding of these complex settings, the course will include guest speakers from local and national organizations, including the Manager of Operations Analysis and Disaster Dispatch at the American Red Cross of Greater Chicago.  We will be partnering with Evanston Skokie Public School District 65 again this year.

Registration is by brief application to ensure a broad range of student backgrounds.  The application deadline is October 26th – click here:

Dialogue with the Dean

Dean E. Patrick Johnson is pleased to invite you to attend his inaugural Dialogue with the Dean, a series of conversations with emerging and established communicators who are advancing the futures of their fields, challenging paradigms, and promoting social justice. 

Dialogue with John L. Jackson
Wednesday, October 14
6:30-8 p.m. CT on Zoom

John L. Jackson, Jr., is the Walter H. Annenberg Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He was previously Dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and Special Adviser to the Provost on Diversity at Penn. Jackson earned his B.A. in Communication (Radio/TV/Film) from Howard University, completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Columbia University, and served as a junior fellow at the Harvard University Society of Fellows before becoming Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Duke University.


Undergraduate Positions Available

The Center for Communication & Public Policy has the following positions open for remote work. These positions are available for both work-study and non-work study students.  

CCPP Research Assistant

The Center for Communication & Public Policy within the School of Communication is seeking a research assistant to work with faculty and graduate students on COVID-19 and election misinformation research projects. Tasks include: literature review, data coding, data analysis, writing reports and research briefs for online publication, and assisting faculty and graduate student researchers. Proficiency in SPSS, R, and/or Python and completion of statistics courses preferred.  Open to both non-work study and work study students. Pay rate: $13.50hr.  Contact Camille Saucier ( with resume and any work samples.  

CCPP Strategic Communication Assistant / WordPress Website Manager

The Center for Communication & Public Policy within the School of Communication is seeking a strategic communication and engagement assistant to create content for its WordPress website, social media, online newsletters and promote its COVID-19 and election research. The assistant will manage the center’s WordPress website, social media pages, and newsletter. Written content will include: press releases for the Center, researcher and current affiliate profiles, brief summaries of research articles and reports, and more.  Profeciency with WordPress highly desired.  Open to both non-work study and work study students. Pay rate: $13.50hr. Contact Camille Saucier ( with resume and any work samples.  

CCPP Visual/Infographic Designer 

The Center for Communication & Public Policy (CCPP) within the School of Communication is seeking a visual/graphic designer who can design info-graphics and images for online publication and dissemination in public-facing reports, the CCPP website, and CCPP social media pages associated with its COVID-19 and election research. The designer will work collaboratively with CCPP faculty and graduate students to create effective visuals and infographics that communicate CCPP research to diverse non-academic audience. Open to both non-work study and work study students. Pay rate: $13.50hr. Contact Camille Saucier ( with resume and any work samples.  

GESI 2020 New remote fall opportunity!

During Fall Quarter 2020, the Global Engagement Studies Institute (GESI) is offering a virtual rendition of its programming in lieu of canceled study abroad programs due to COVID-19. This is a unique hybrid opportunity to explore complex questions through coursework while simultaneously engaging in a meaningful internship—all in a completely virtual online setting.

Read more about GESI 2020: Virtual Global Development in Action.

Northwestern Public Speaking Summer Meeting

Event Name: Northwestern Public Speaking Summer Weekly Meeting

Date: Every Thursday (start from July 9th)

Time: 5-6pm



Northwestern Public Speaking Club will resume the weekly virtual meeting, starting from July 9th at 5-6pm, join us on Zoom through this link! At NU Public Speaking Club (formerly Toastmasters), our goal is to empower its members to become effective communicators and leaders. We foster a supportive and positive community where the members can grow to reach their goals. We meet every week to practice giving prepared as well as impromptu speeches and provide feedback to each other. We also host workshops, guest lectures, and social events. For more information please visit our website and facebook page!

Apply for a position as peer writing consultant at the Writing Place. Applications due May 26th!


Are you a good writer? reader? listener?

Do you want a part time job that uses your brain and talents?

The Writing Place is staffed by a talented group of juniors and seniors who are good writers and—equally important—good readers, listeners, and responders. When they are not working one-on-one with clients, Writing Place consultants engage in various forms of community and university outreach, including social media, videos, resource development, workshops, class visits, and special projects.  

The Writing Place will be open next year, whether classes are on campus, remote, or hybrid.   Applications  for the 2020-2021 academic year are due May 26.

To learn more about the job and eligibility requirements— and to apply–go to:   

To hear from current consultants about why they love their job,  please watch the video below. 

Why it is great to work at the Writing Place 




Every year, the Office of Undergraduate Admission welcomes a new cohort of students to our community. This year, we want to welcome them with a tangible piece of Northwestern: a poster that was designed by a fellow undergraduate peer. 

That’s where you come in. We’re looking to have an undergraduate student artist create a poster that will welcome new students and give them a sense of what makes Northwestern special. Show the future classes of Northwestern what makes this community so great, and be the first to greet them with your own creative spirit! This can be a digital or physical art piece, and the artist will receive $500 for their work with an expected completion date of June 15th, 2020. 

If interested in applying for this opportunity, please email Jackie Marthouse at with a description of your experience, and a link to your portfolio or attachments of 3-4 examples of previous artwork by end of day Tuesday, May 26th.


Ramadan 2020

Dear friends,

Hope you are all safe and in good health. Ramadan, a month in which many Muslims observe the spiritual practice of abstaining from food/water and practice rituals in community will begin this upcoming Thursday evening April 23rd.  The first fast will be Friday April 24th through May 24th. This year, under the circumstances of COVID-19, many Muslims around the globe including our students at Northwestern face very unique challenges and will practice rituals in quarantine. We are excited to support our students through several opportunities for virtual community engagement and daily pick-up meals to break their fast. 

The flyer below features some basic information about Ramadan on the Evanston campus that you may share with your students and departments.  For further info, please contact Chaplain Tahera Ahmad

Some helpful tools for learning more about Ramadan:
Basic info on Ramadan: 

Suggestions for Ramadan in Quarantine:

Video link:

If you choose to wish a Muslim in Ramadan, it is suggested to say “Ramadan Kareem” or “Ramadan Mubarak” which means “Have a Blessed Ramadan.”