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History of Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern

Northwestern continually strives to build and foster a rich, vibrant and diverse community that embraces unique individuals and perspectives.  The timeline below illustrates some of the wide-reaching programs and initiatives the university has launched in recent years beginning with the response to the Bursar Office Takeover of 1968.  Scroll through the timeline using the arrow (< and >) keys on the sidebar, or click and drag the purple Events bar at the bottom of the page. View a text-only version.

Help us grow

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. Contact us at to share ideas about how to make our community more inclusive and diverse. We would love to hear from you!