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CNAIR COVID-19 update page

March 21, 2019

Boozhoo friends and colleagues,

As we figure out ways to stay connected through this unique and challenging time, we wanted to share some opportunities for virtual engagement and support.

Virtual Community Open House

Drop in to say hi, share a joke, or get some support from community. We will be utilizing Zoom. You will need an NU login. The virtual open house hours will be opened at designated times (seebelow), so if you like, you can test out your connection before the meeting.

You can join a test Zoom meeting to familiarize yourself with the Zoom and test your microphone/speakers before joining a Zoom meeting.

If you would like to dial in, or need assistance, please contact us at

These will be re-occurring until further notice. Open hours will be:


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


2:00 pm – 3:00pm


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


2:00 pm – 3:00pm


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


Virtual brown bags

Perhaps there’s a thorny research issue you want to chat about or maybe you’d like to lead a conversation about a current event?  Perhaps you’re a grad student who needs a more formal presentation to add depth to their CV, we could do that too. The one thing we don’t want to do is to burden you and overfill your plate. The purpose is to keep us connected and feeling positive about ourselves and our community.

So, if you have something you’d like to present or lead, can you let me Patty Loew know what your topic is and when you’d like to present it? These presentations could be really informal.  We’ll start these virtual brown bags Friday, May 1st and continue them as long as we all agree that they’re useful.

Guest lecturing

As our campus turns to online teaching, CNAIR is thinking of ways to stay connected, be of service and expand our visibility at NU.  We would like to offer NU faculty access to a resource list of CNAIR affiliates, grad students and Chicago Native American community members that have an interest and availability to serve as guest lecturers for online courses. To be added to the resource list we are asking that you submit some brief information about your areas of expertise. 

 We want to emphasize that there is no requirement to participate - so if your schedule and workload is already at maximum capacity – we totally understand!  We imagine that these lectures would be informal and NOT require a formal presentation prep and you would communicate directly with the course faculty to negotiate needs.   For students and community members we are investigating if there might be some options for compensation.  We’ll keep you posted on our findings.  If you would like to be added to the “Guest Lecturing” list, please email Pamala Silas the following:

Full Name:  
Key Words to describe areas of expertise: 

 Virtual Book Club

 CINAS has discussed a virtual book club to keep us connected, and we’re following up to move that conversation forward. We will meet at a pace that works best for everyone—we can do once a week, or every other week, or once a month—whatever folks prefer.    Kelly Wisecup created a sign-up sheet to gauge interest and schedules here:

Please also suggest a book and sign up to host a discussion!  We will follow up with some tips for finding books to download for free—libraries have been making book available without cost, and we’ll send some of those resources along.

Taking Care of Ourselves and Each Other

Take a Deep Breath is a site with resources and tools available to all. If you have suggestions for wellness resources, such as a website, blog, podcast or music, please feel free to share and we will add to future communications.

Stay updated on Northwestern University’s response to COVID-19

Counseling and Psychological Services Northwestern University Student Affairs Counseling Services


Lastly, please know that if you need to connect with any of the team, do not hesitate. We are here for you. Please be safe, take care, and look after those around you.

Sending our support,

Patty, Kelly, Pam and Jennifer


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