The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion embraces and upholds the values of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability (IDEA) as fundamental principles. With the goal of establishing a shared understanding IDEA, we define these terms in the following ways:
- Definition: Inclusion refers to creating a welcoming and supportive environment where Northwestern community members of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives feel valued, respected, and empowered.
- Implementation: We develop a supportive university climate that values well-being by identifying strategies, rules, and policies that foster an inclusive working and learning environment.
- Definition: Diversity is the recognition and celebration of the wide array of identities and experiences represented within our community.
- Implementation: We facilitate collaboration and celebrate differences to aid in creating thoughtful leaders, broadening perspectives, and inspire innovation.
- Definition: Equity is the principle of ensuring fair treatment, access, and opportunity for all members of our community.
- Implementation: We redress the persistence of inequality and promote policies, procedures, and practices that mitigate structural inequities.
- Definition: Accountability refers to taking responsibility for our actions, continuously evaluating our progress, and holding ourselves accountable to our priorities of inclusion, diversity, and equity.
- Implementation: We establish accountability at Northwestern by developing benchmarks to evaluate and assess the impact of our diversity and inclusion efforts.