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For nearly half a century, F. Shepperd Shanley has been introducing Northwestern to prospective students around the globe.

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Geneve Ong ’14 is part of the fight to address COVID-19 in Singapore. As the senior assistant director of strategic planning for the government in Singapore, she helps find relocation options for people who are unable to shelter in place safely.

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Sharmila Wijeyakumar founded Rahab’s Daughters to help victims of human trafficking in Illinois. She says there is an unprecedented need for her work during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Former Wildcat hurler Eric Jokisch finds fulfillment with the Korean Baseball Organization’s Kiwoom Heroes. In May, Jokisch returned to the mound at a time when many leagues worldwide could not conceive of resuming play because of the coronavirus — and he walked into an international spotlight.

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Members of the Class of 2020 from across the University reflect on their Northwestern experience in their own words.

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Food truck operator Nizar Ku and friends created a “fund-a-meal” program to provide fresh, hot meals to those in need. They started delivering food to front-line medical workers but quickly shifted to feeding daily wage earners most affected by the lockdown, including Rohingya refugees, who often have no official status and find it hard to ask authorities for help.

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How should internet service providers keep their employees safe from COVID-19? When should a retail warehouse close?

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As president of the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank (EPFH), Stuart Schwartz '76 has been fighting an uphill battle to get food to everyone who needs it. The COVID-19 crisis has led to a dramatic increase in food insecurity, and Schwartz and his team are working tirelessly amid staffing, supply and distribution challenges so that no one goes hungry during the pandemic.

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After a long road to Northwestern, sociology professor and inequality expert Beth Redbird is leading a national survey to assess the social impact of COVID-19. She and her interdisciplinary team are examining how we think, feel and behave in response to the global pandemic.

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You can tell a lot about a poacher by the way they dehorn a rhinoceros — was the horn hacked off crudely or was it removed skillfully with a sharp, scalpel-like instrument? As Saif Bhatti bumped along the dirt back roads of Thornybush Game Reserve in South Africa, he was unsure which one they might find.

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