Our Northern Illinois University community has been purposeful, proactive and vigilant in our efforts to support the health and well-being of our fellow Huskies during COVID-19 and its many challenges. Even during this period of uncertainty, our legacy of caring for each other and helping our neighbors, along with our passion for teaching, learning and discovery, and our unwavering commitment to equity and inclusion, have sustained us and kept us moving forward.
Our COVID mitigation and management plans, “Protecting the Pack,” is made possible through continued collaboration and input from across the university. It reflects our science- and values-informed approach for managing the daily challenges associated with the pandemic, as well as our desire to foster student success and community, and to maintain scholarly activity and services during these exceptional times. “Protecting the Pack” also acknowledges the diverse needs of Huskies and provides options to accommodate those who are on campus and those who stay connected remotely.
Even with prudent precautions in place, we must all do our part to acknowledge and follow the advice, recommendations and protocols in place to better protect ourselves and others and to help prevent an individual infection from becoming an outbreak.
Reducing the spread of COVID-19 requires a nimble, aggressive approach. Public health guidance will continue to evolve, and our plan and actions will need to change accordingly. Huskies will need to remain responsible, flexible and informed. We also need to remember at all times that behind every mask is a fellow student or colleague deserving of compassion and respect.
By working together and supporting one another, we will get through this and come away stronger. I’m deeply appreciative for the tireless contributions of our faculty and staff throughout this unprecedented time, and proud of our students for their resolve and Huskie spirit.
Lisa C. Freeman
When you’re a Huskie, you’re part of a community, a family, whether you’re on campus or off. During times of change and challenge, Huskies step up. They take care of one another.