Working Groups

There are five working groups with specific diversity/inclusion objectives that are overseen by the University Diversity Council. They are:

Academics/Education

Enhances the in-class and out-of-class learning opportunities related to social inequalities and diversities for students, faculty, and staff.

Co-Chairs:

  • Frances Aparicio, Professor, Spanish & Portuguese/Director, Latina and Latino Studies Program
  • Greg Light, Director of Searle Center for Teaching Excellence

Members:    

  • Lesley Ann-Brown, Director, Campus Inclusion and Community
  • Steve Carr, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs, McCormick Education and Teaching Excellence
  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Associate Provost for Faculty
  • Kourtney Cockrell, Coordinator, ProjectEXCITE, Center for Talent Development
  • Dona Cordero, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Carla Elena Della Gatta, Graduate student - Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre and Drama
  • Sally Ewing, Assistant Dean, School of Communication
  • Mary Finn, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Weinberg
  • Linda Garton, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, Bienen School of Music
  • Sunny Gibson, Director of Minority Affairs, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Anthony Guerrero, Undergraduate student – 2014
  • Desiree Hanford, Lecturer, Acting Director of Undergraduate Journalism
  • Meg Kreuser, Academic Advisor to Secondary Teaching, Teacher Certification Manger
  • Louie Lainez, Director, Asian/Asian American Student Affairs
  • Susan Lee, Professor, SoC Dance
  • Marina Micari, Associate Director, Searle Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Sally Nuamah, Graduate student – Political Science
  • Mary Patillo, Professor, Sociology
  • Sofia Sami, Undergraduate student – 2014
  • Dan Young, Associate Director, Global Health Education, Center for Global Health, FSM
  • Ji-Yeon Yuh, Associate Professor, History

Faculty Recruitment and Retention

Identifies, develops, and makes available the resources to support faculty search committees in the recruitment of underrepresented faculty, and  identifies and implements strategies to create a more inclusive campus environment for faculty.

Co-chairs:  

  • Mercedes Carnethon, Associate Professor, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Sarah Mangelsdorf, Dean, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences

Members:    

  • Hazim Ahmad, Undergraduate student – 2012
  • Pablo J Boczkowski, Professor, Communication Studies
  • Galen Bodenhausen, Professor, Psychology
  • Rosemary Bush, Graduate student - Earth and Planetary Sciences
  • Anthony Chen, Associate Professor, Sociology
  • Dona Cordero, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Steven Epstein, Professor, Sociology (Fall 2013)
  • Alexa Herzog, Undergraduate student – 2013
  • Carol LaBonne, Associate Professor, Molecular Biosciences
  • Sheri Lindsay, Senior Compliance Analyst, Office for Research Integrity
  • Ellyn Peña, Undergraduate student – 2015
  • Jean Shedd, Associate Provost for Budget, Facilities, and Analysis
  • Hayley Stevens, Undergraduate student – 2013
  • Shaan Trotter, Administrative Dir., Office of Health Disparities and Special Population Initiatives   
  • Harvey Young, Associate Professor, Theatre
  • Jim Young, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs

Campus Life

Identifies and implements strategies to create a more inclusive campus environment for staff and students.

Co-chairs:    

  • Pamela Beemer,  Associate Vice President of Human Resources
  • Patricia Telles-Irvin, Vice President for Student Affairs

Members:    

  • Sergio Rigoberto Alvarez, Undergraduate student - 2013
  • Dona Cordero, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • D.A. Dirks, Coordinator of Student Organizations
  • Angela Edwards-Campbell, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Kellogg
  • Tim Gordon, Associate Dean for Student and Alumni Services, SCS; Chair, NUSAC
  • Assata Sankofa Kokayi, Graduate student - African American Studies
  • Kai Orton, Postdoctoral Fellow, Woodruff Laboratory, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Margie Roe, Director SSD, Office of Services for Students with Disabilities
  • Patrick Schnettler, Undergraduate student – 2013
  • Ravi Shankar, Director of International Office
  • Hayley Stevens, Undergraduate student – 2013
  • Hannah Rebecca Teitelbaum, Undergraduate student – 2013
  • Elizabeth Velazquez, Undergraduate student – 2013
  • Kate Veraldi, The Graduate School, Director of Student Services
  • Audra Wilson, Director of Diversity Education and Outreach, Law School

Pipeline

Identifies current outreach and recruitment efforts to underrepresented students, and identifies new opportunities.

Co-chairs:    

  • Rick McGee, Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty Affairs, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Chris Watson, Dean of Undergraduate Admissions

Members:   

  • Andrea Breon, Graduate student - Speech-Language Pathology
  • Dane Chetkovich, Associate Professor, Neurology, FSM
  • Dona Cordero, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Lucy Diaz, Undergraduate student – 2015
  • Jon Guryan, Associate Professor, SESP
  • Jenn Hobbs, Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
  • Charles Kellom, Director, African American Student Affairs
  • Mike Kennedy, Director, Science Outreach and Public Engagement, Science in Society
  • Soad Ali Mana, Undergraduate student - 2014
  • Dwight McBride, Dean, The Graduate School
  • Steven McGee, Ph.D., Research Associate Professor, Learning Sciences, SESP
  • Nina Modi, Systems Manager, Student Affairs Information Technology
  • Sacha Patera, Assoc. Director of Corporate Relations, Office of Alumni Relations & Development
  • Hayley Stevens, Undergraduate student – 2013
  • Larry Stuelpnagel, Assistant Professor, Clinical, Journalism Editorial
  • Audra Wilson, Director of Diversity Education and Outreach, Law School
  • Zafir Zaman, Graduate student - ChemE

Lifetime Connections

Increases the engagement of underrepresented alumni to enhance the diversity and inclusion efforts at Northwestern.

Co-chairs:  

  • Cathy Stembridge, Associate Vice President of Alumni Relations & Development
  • Ava Youngblood (alum)

Members:    

  • Zaki Anarwala (Alum – President of Muslim Alumni Association)
  • Kathleen Bethel, Librarian, Reference and Research Services Department
  • Evelyn Caliendo, Director of Planning and Special Projects
  • Dona Cordero, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Gia DiGiacobbe, Educational Programs Manager, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Roger Fong (Alum – President of Asian-Asian American Alumni Association)
  • Kerry Gray (Alum – President of Northwestern University Black Alumni Association)
  • Rita Huen, Undergraduate student – 2012
  • Jeziel Jones, Undergraduate student – 2013
  • Lauren Lowery (Alum)
  • Margaret Mersch, Benefits Financial Manager
  • Sacha Patera, Assoc. Director of Corporate Relations, Office of Alumni Relations & Development
  • Gary Riley (Alum – President of Gay and Lesbian Alumni Association)
  • Hayley Stevens, Undergraduate student – 2013
  • Isabel Villegas (Alum – President of Latino Alumni Association)
  • Christian Yanez, Director, Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs