Diversity at Northwestern

Northwestern University is committed to identifying and implementing ways to create and support a diverse and inclusive campus community. We strive for a community that fosters personal and intellectual growth by bringing together faculty, students, and staff from different backgrounds and perspectives to engage in a mutual exchange of ideas and experiences. The staffing infrastructure includes the below individuals, who comprise the Diversity Leaders Group.

Diversity Leaders Group:

  • Jabbar R. Bennett, Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion; Associate Professor of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Theresa Bratanch, Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of the Provost
  • Lesley-Ann Brown-Henderson, Executive Director of Campus Inclusion and Community
  • Sarah Brown, Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, Human Resources
  • Teresa Mastin, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Alison May, Assistant Dean of Students; Director, AccessibleNU
  • Alecia Wartowski, Interim Director of the Women’s Center
  • Nsombi Ricketts, Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, The Graduate School
  • Bethany Clifford Smith, Director of Administration, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences
  • Tim Stevens, University Chaplain
  • Penny Warren, Senior Specialist for Student Life, Graduate School
  • Larissa Williams, Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Kellogg School of Management

Campus Groups

These are some of the many groups to create and sustain the type of learning and living community that we strive to be.

University Diversity Council: Comprised of faculty, students, staff, and alumni to identify efforts and strategies to move the University forward. Read more on the University Diversity Council webpage.

Diversity Leaders’ Group: Formed to strengthen a coordinated approach to addressing institutional issues of diversity and inclusion. 

Campus Inclusion and Community Task Force: Graduate and undergraduate students who assist with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of services and programs related to diversity and inclusion.

Bias Incident Response Team: A group of administrators committed to creating a proactive response to instances of hate and bias. When a student reports a bias/hate incident through Respect NU, one of the BIRT members will support the student, connect them with the appropriate resources, and follow-up with them until the situation has been resolved.