Diversity & Inclusion Report and Timeline

This timeline illustrates some of the wide-reaching programs and initiatives Northwestern has launched in the last two decades on our road to building an ever richer community, one that embraces each of our distinct backgrounds and perspectives. Scroll through using the Arrow (< and >) keys on the sidebar of the timeline. Or, click and drag the purple Events bar at the bottom of the page.

A text-only version of the timeline can be viewed here. 

We hope this timeline helps visualize the efforts taking place at Northwestern, sparks conversation about ways we can continue to improve, and inspires new ideas. We have much to celebrate and at the same time we acknowledge there are many challenges to overcome as we work to build a truly diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community for all. If you lead a program that you think could be included here, or if you have ideas about how to make our community more inclusive and diverse we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at diversity@northwestern.edu.

The 2014-15 Report on Faculty and Student Diversity and Inclusion provides an update for the Northwestern community on diversity data and programs to enhance diversity and inclusion across the University. A report on academic year 2015-16 is planned for fall quarter 2016. Previous reports can be viewed here

“A diverse community is essential to achieve our mission of creating the best possible learning environment and educational experience, because only by exploring issues with people of different backgrounds and viewpoints can we challenge our assumptions, test our ideas and broaden our understanding of the world."
— Daniel Linzer, Provost


Around Campus

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation

Lavender Graduation is a way of recognizing and celebrating the accomplishments of Northwestern Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual graduates. We’re excited for graduating seniors and graduate students to participate in this special event. 

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

During Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May), the Northwestern community acknowledges this nationally recognized month throughout the spring quarter. For the Asian/Asian American community at Northwestern, this part of the year is a time to celebrate culture, tradition, and talent. See Multicultural Student Affairs 2016 Calendar of Events.
Introducing the Neighborhood and Community Relations Strategic Framework

Introducing the Neighborhood and Community Relations Strategic Framework

Northwestern University Neighborhood and Community Relations Strategic Framework

Northwestern is committed to becoming a national model for how a major research institution engages with the city in which it resides and the mission of Neighborhood and Community Relations is to make that goal a reality. We seek to build strong, transparent, and strategic partnerships that enhance collaborative initiatives benefiting both the Northwestern and Evanston community.

Award and Grant Funding

Diversity and Equity Awards and Grants

The Office of the Provost has recently announced award and grant funding to support faculty excellence and innovation in diversity and equity. Proposals for the Provost Grants for Innovation in Diversity and Equity and nominations for the Provost Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity will remain open until October 1, 2016.