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Message on the passing of Jordan Hankins

The following is a message to the Northwestern community:

The Northwestern family continues to mourn the loss of sophomore Jordan Hankins, who we learned recently passed as the result of a suicide. This comes as a shock to our community, and even more so for those who knew her closely. We continue to offer support and condolences to Jordan’s family and friends as we work through our collective grief and pain.

At times like this, it is common for people to try and find a reason or a cause. Many times, we look to ourselves and question whether we could have done something more to prevent this from happening. While it is human nature to look for answers, the most important things we can do are to remember Jordan's life, the tremendous impact she had on her family and friends, and take care of each other as a community. We mourn her loss and remember the gift of her presence in our midst.

The University remains dedicated to serving our community during this difficult time.  We continue our outreach and support for students who were close to Jordan, or were impacted by her death. As we have shared before, for students who need support, we urge you to reach out to Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 847-491-2151, the Dean of Students Office at 847-491-8430, the Chaplain’s staff at 847-491-7256, and/or Residential Life staff in your building. CAPS is providing grief counseling and the Dean’s Office is available should you need other assistance. You can also find additional services and resources at NUhelp or on the NUhelp app. For faculty and staff interested in seeking assistance, please contact the Employee Assistance Program at 855-547-1851.

As we learn details about memorial services, we will share these with the greater community.  Know that my thoughts are with you as we grieve Jordan’s loss together.


Patricia Telles-Irvin
Vice President for Student Affairs

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