Snow blankets the University Commons as seen from the eastern entrance

Friday, February 19, 2021

The Chicago area has been hit with nearly a foot and a half of snow this week. While cleaning it up has been a challenge, it sure makes for some pretty pictures! Check out some of the photos of the snowfall around the Main Campus, view some snow safety and self-care tips and check out the last week of events for Black Heritage Month 2021 in this week’s edition of Noteworthy at Northeastern.

Around the Commons

Winter Weather Pics and Self-Care

This week’s winter storm has blanketed the city and surrounding areas with lots of snow and Northeastern locations were no exception! Check out some photos of the snowfall at Main Campus on NEIU’s Instagram.

This type of weather can also present a number of challenges. It’s important to remember to take care of your physical and mental health. This week, Student Counseling Services recommends the following articles to amp-up self-care with at home retreats: 

Additionally, the City of Chicago has compiled a list of Winter Preparedness tips to help keep residents safe inside and outside of homes. 

Want to be social with NEIU? Share some of your best snaps of the snow and/or your favorite self-care practices by tagging @NEIUlife on Instagram or @NEIU on Twitter!

And there’s more!

To do

Black Heritage Month

The Angelina Pedroso Center for Diversity and Intercultural Affairs and the Black Heritage Month Committee kicked off Black Heritage Month on Feb.1. Last week Northeastern’s GHRAD Center held their 7th annual Genocide and Human Rights Research Conference. The University community is invited to continue the celebration next week by participating in a series of virtual events. Next week’s events include:

To view the complete schedule and sign up for more events, visit the 2021 Black Heritage Month website

Coming Next Week

In the media

Assistant Professor of Social Work Patricia Aguado was interviewed by Univision about a research study she is conducting with Pamela Vergara-Rodriguez from the Cook County Department of Public Health. They are trying to learn more about the mental health and well-being of the Latino/a/x community in response to COVID-19. “In the state of Illinois, Latinos are being disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and we want to better understand the needs of the Latino/a/x population,” Aduado said. “The information we collect from this study can help to better inform the general public about the unique stressors Latino/o/xs are experiencing as a result of this pandemic and to help us think through ways to ameliorate reported stressors through tailored programming, interventions, and policy.” The study is using anonymous surveys available in English and Spanish to collect data. Those interested in volunteering to participate in the study can email to receive a link to the survey.

Also in the media 

  • Associate Professor of Urban Community Studies Kimya Barden was interviewed by WBEZ about the rise in carjackings in Chicago. 
  • Professor Emeritus of Economics Edward Stuart provided his take on the activities that are challenging the economy and affecting its future as part of APICS-Chicago’s Economic Update Series on Feb. 18. 

Student Support Spotlight

Student Counseling Services

Student Counseling Services has provided some tips for helping individuals manage anxiety and worry they may be feeling, and listed some important resources. Students are welcome to contact Student Counseling Services to set up an appointment to talk either by phone or their online platform for teletherapy. To access NEIU’s Student Counseling Services, call (773) 442-4650 or send an email to between 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, students may also reach a counselor for more urgent consultation by calling the main number and pressing “2” during the outgoing message.

Couple and Family Counseling

The Counseling and Wellness Center of the Northeastern Illinois University Department of Counselor Education is now accepting couples and families as clients. This free counseling service is offered to the University and community at large. The Counseling and Wellness Center is a training center for advanced graduate students in NEIU’s Couple and Family Counseling Program, under the direct and live supervision of an experienced faculty member within the Department of Counselor Education. The counselors-in-training provide couples and families with insightful help while the reflecting team assists these couples and families by highlighting their strengths. Space is limited during the Spring 2021 semester. Sessions will take place on Zoom due to COVID-19. Weekly sessions begin on Feb. 22 and run through the end of April, for a total of seven or eight consecutive sessions. These one-hour sessions will be available from 4-9 p.m. on Mondays. The counseling services are confidential and free. Sessions are recorded for training purposes. The recording is encrypted and destroyed after review. If you and your loved ones might benefit from our services, please contact Associate Professor Laura Tejada at for more information or to schedule a phone consultation.

Student Food Pantry

The Student Food Pantry has a new partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository and will now be able to offer fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to canned and other non-perishable items. Due to COVID-19 regulations, the Student Food Pantry will continue its online ordering service through a new system and steps to complete orders are available on the Student Pantry website. Hours of operation are 1-4 p.m. Monday and Thursday. For questions, please contact Chris Maxwell at

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