In mid-March the University’s financial aid team began receiving a plethora of requests from undergraduate, graduate and professional school students in need of emergency financial assistance. Many needed help with unexpected travel costs, while the majority sought assistance to upgrade computers, internet service or other technology for remote learning.
In November members of the Chicago-area Native American community and representatives of Sand Creek Massacre descendants gathered on campus to share reflections at a bonfire and a panel discussion. U.S. Army cavalry soldiers slaughtered approximately 150 Cheyenne and Arapaho Native Americans on Nov. 29, 1864, at Sand Creek in Colorado. University founder John Evans was the governor and superintendent of Indian Affairs of the Colorado Territory at the time. Northwestern has made Native American research a priority in recent years.