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A Message of Support from The Graduate School

Dear Members of The Graduate School Community,
Tomorrow, November 3, U.S. citizens from across the country and around the globe will choose the next President of the United States. If you are eligible to vote and have not yet done so, please refer to the University’s October 26 message on preparing for the 2020 Presidential Election.
Voting is fundamental to our democracy, and this election comes at a time when civil unrest and cries for social justice pervade our campus community and the world at large. Black Lives Matter. Racial justice and equality matter. Uncomfortable conversations are critical in the advancement toward a more just and equal society. Your leadership and activism are important, and we support you as you make your voices heard.   
As you exercise your right to vote and continue to lend your voices to these critical social dialogues, please be sure to practice self-care. Stay attuned to your own needs and the needs of those around you, while standing up for what you believe in and leading with grace, empathy, respect, and compassion. It is important that everyone is able to help craft our shared Northwestern experience.
The Graduate School team and I are here to support you in your academic endeavors. Your safety and well-being remain a top concern during this period of uncertainty. In addition to resources provided by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and other campus partners, we will provide a few opportunities for you to unwind and share your experiences with others in the weeks ahead. Please stay tuned to our e-newsletters and social media for details.
In addition, I invite anyone who would like to talk with me and our TGS leadership team to join us at our next Casual Conversations with TGS via Zoom on Thursday, November 12 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM CST. This is a chance for us to hear what’s on your minds and listen to your questions and concerns.
Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything else The Graduate School team and I may do to assist you. Please take good care of yourselves and be well.
Kelly E. Mayo
Walter and Jennie Bayne Professor of Molecular Biosciences
Interim Dean of The Graduate School and
Interim Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Northwestern University

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