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Explore the below list of frequently asked questions to find answers about Northwestern University’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

What does OIDI do?

OIDI leads initiatives and guides policy at the enterprise-level to create an increasingly inclusive, diverse, equitable, and welcoming environment for all Northwestern community members. For information on who we are and what we do visit our About Us page.

What does the IDEA acronym stand for?

IDEA stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accountability. IDEA is our framework for how our office operates—learn more about how we apply IDEA to our framework.

What is the difference between quality and equity?

Equality means each individual or group of people is given the same resources or opportunities. Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

How can I report an incident of sexual harassment, discrimination or harassment?

To report an incident visit the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance

What isn’t a part of OIDI?

  • Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance
  • Human Resources
    • Feinberg’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion operates as its own unit, as does The Graduate School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion. We partner with both of units, however their initiatives are curated from their unit.
  • For more information about diversity and inclusion leadership across Northwestern, see our list of IDEA Leaders