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Diversity & Inclusion Timeline and Report

50th Commemoration of the Bursar's Office Takeover

5/3/2018 - 5/4/2018

The 2017-18 academic year marks the 50th Commemoration of the Bursar's Office Takeover of 1968, an event in which 100 Northwestern students peacefully occupied the Bursar's office to protest the black student experience. Learn more about the events and history of the Bursar's Office Takeover.

The Women's Center Celebrates 30th Anniversary

3/1/2018 - 3/1/2018

Northwestern's Women's Center celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a symposium and awards dinner, under the leadership of its new director, Dr. Sekile Nzinga-Johnson.

Jackie Williams Hired as Inaugural Senior Associate Director for Black Alumni Engagement

2/5/2018 - 2/5/2018

After a national search, Northwestern University is pleased to announce that Jackie Williams will be joining the Northwestern Alumni Association as the Senior Associate Director, Alumni Engagement, on February 5 and report to Laura Wayland, Executive Director of NAA.  In this new role, Jackie will be responsible for the enhancement and cultivation of the Black alumni community through the development of strategies to better engage Black alumni with Northwestern and with each other. View her welcome letter from NUBAA.

Veterans Day Recognition Established

11/11/2017 - 11/11/2017

Northwestern coordinated its first annual Veterans Day Recognition of a Northwestern-connected service member. This annual event established as part of the broader work of the Veterans Support Workgroup.

Launch: Center for Democracy and Diversity

10/9/2017 - 10/9/2017

The new Center for the Study of Diversity and Democracy will focus on best practices in promoting equal citizenship, the attitudinal bases of group solidarity and inter-group tolerance, and how governments, nonprofits and corporations can work to close the socioeconomic inequalities between identity-based groups in diverse democracies.

Inaugural Senior Program Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Initiatives Hired

9/25/2017 - 9/25/2017

Jasmine Gurneau joined the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) on September 25 as the inaugural Senior Program Coordinator of Native American and Indigenous Initiatives. 

Danielle Allen's "Our Declaration" Selected for One Book

9/11/2017 - 6/11/2018

"Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality" by Danielle Allen was selected as the 2017-18 One Book One Northwestern all-campus read. The book brings an eye-opening perspective to one of the most studied texts in U.S. History.

Women's Center Welcomes New Director, Sekile Nzinga-Johnson

9/1/2017 - 9/1/2017

The Women's Center welcomed Sekile Nzinga-Johnson as its new director in September of 2017. She joins the Women's Center with 15 years of experience as a professor in the fields of social work, gender, women's studies, and psychology.

Center for Native American and Indigenous Research Launched

9/1/2017 - 9/1/2017

The  Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) launched as the University's primary institutional space dedicated to advancing scholarship, teaching, learning and artistic or cultural practices related to Native American and Indigenous communities, priorities, histories and lifeways.

Dwight Hamilton named Associate Vice President of Equity

7/1/2017 - 7/1/2017

Dwight Hamilton has been named inaugural Associate Vice President of Equity under the Office of the Provost at Northwestern University. In this new role, Hamilton leads the Office of Equity in its efforts to manage diversity employment, provide prevention education, promote equal opportunity and access, and address complaints of discrimination, sexual misconduct, harassment, and retaliation.

Northwestern launches informational resource page for students with DACA

5/5/2017 - 5/5/2017

Northwestern has launched an informational resource page for students with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) status, or have undocumented family members. Find it here.

Nsombi B. Ricketts named Assistant Provost of Diversity and Inclusion

4/3/2017 - 4/3/2017

Nsombi B. Ricketts serves as Assistant Provost of Diversity and Inclusion at Northwestern University. As assistant provost, Nsombi provides strategic support and management of the daily operations for the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. Read full bio here.

University to Launch Native American and Indigenous Studies Center

12/17/2016 - 12/17/2016

Northwestern University has received a $1.5 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the establishment of a Native American and Indigenous Studies Center on the Evanston campus.

Black Student Experience Task Force

9/1/2016 - 9/1/2016

Over the course of a year, the task force worked to identify key themes and recommendations for the Black Student Experience at Northwestern. From this effort, 14 recommendations emerged and a full report was created.

ISGMH Holds Inaugural State of LGBT Health Symposium

8/18/2016 - 8/18/2016

On August 18, 2016, the Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University hosted an inaugural “State of LGBT Health Symposium,” bringing together researchers, policy makers, community-based organizations, and members of the broader LGBT community to discuss the intersection of research and policy related to LGBT health.

Northwestern Creates Native American Steering Group

6/3/2016 - 6/3/2016

In an effort to continue addressing the issues raised by the John Evans Study Committee, Northwestern University has established a Native American and Indigenous Peoples Steering Group.

Revisiting John Evans and the Sand Creek Massacre

5/4/2016 - 5/4/2016

Hosted by One Book One Northwestern, a panel of Cheyenne and Arapaho representatives and descendants of John Evans speak about the Sand Creek Massacre and John Evans’ legacy. Panelists include Joe Big Medicine (Southern Cheyenne), Otto Braided Hair (Northern Cheyenne), Anne Hayden (Evans Family), Laurel Hayden (Evans Family), and Gail Ridgely (Arapaho).

Sponsored by NAISA, CINAS, IPD, Medill, Dittmar, and MSA.

Diversity and Equity Awards and Grants

4/7/2016 - 4/7/2016

The Provost office announces two new programs to fund faculty practices that enhance diversity and equity at Northwestern. Grants for Faculty Innovation in Diversity and Equity call for proposals and the nomination criterion for the Award for Faculty Excellence in Diversity and Equity.

Northwestern Announces Significant Increases to Financial Aid

3/3/2016 - 3/3/2016

President Schapiro and Provost Linzer announce that Northwestern will significantly increase financial aid for students, eliminate loans for incoming undergraduates and provide University-funded scholarships to undocumented students who are graduates of U.S. high schools.

New Northwestern Institute Commits to Improving LGBT Health

2/29/2016 - 2/29/2016

Northwestern University has launched the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), the first research institute in the United States established university-wide that is focused exclusively on LGBT health.

Employee Accommodation Fund Established

2/8/2016 - 2/8/2016

AccessibleNU and Equal Opportunity and Access spurred the creation of an employee accommodation fund, which established a centralized fund which reimburses costs associated with reasonable accommodations for employees.

Inclusive Northwestern Website Launched

2/2/2016 - 2/2/2016

Inclusive Northwestern provides information aimed at advancing diversity and inclusion efforts at our university. Created at the request of a group of students, the site provides updates on progress made toward initiatives to improve the experience of our campus community members, an archive of related information, a calendar of events and links to other relevant sites.

Multicultural Student Affairs hires Native-American Content Expert

12/7/2015 - 12/7/2015

Multicultural Student Affairs established a new position between Admissions and Student Affairs for outreach to tribal high schools and within our campus community, which has been filled with the appointment of Jasmine Gurneau.

Exhibition of Art by Descendants of Sand Creek Massacre Victims

10/1/2015 - 10/1/2015

Dittmar Gallery hosted a traveling exhibition of contemporary artwork depicting the tragedy of the Sand Creek Massacre.

Campus Inclusion & Community Expands

9/1/2015 - 9/1/2015

Campus Inclusion and Community (CIC) works collaboratively with the university community to cultivate inclusive learning environments through the intentional engagement with difference. In September of 2015 CIC expanded to encompass 3 departments- Social Justice Education, Student Enrichment Services, and Multicultural Student Affairs. 

Jabbar R. Bennett named Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

7/1/2015 - 7/1/2015

Jabbar R. Bennett has been named inaugural Associate Provost for Diversity & Inclusion at Northwestern University. Bennett will serve as the senior administrator responsible for leading and coordinating efforts to create a diverse, inclusive and welcoming environment for all Northwestern community members. 

Inaugural Meeting of the Native American Leadership Council

5/19/2015 - 5/19/2015

In 2014-2015, Northwestern established a Native American Leadership Council, comprised of eight Native American community leaders, to provide insight and counsel for our Native American Inclusion initiative.  The inaugural meeting was held on May 19, 2015.  Council members met with students, faculty, staff, and alumni from across campus to provide guidance about a wide range of topics, including outreach, admissions, research, teaching, and student affairs.  

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Visit to Northwestern Commemorated

4/28/2015 - 4/28/2015

Northwestern University's Center for Civic Engagement in conjunction with the equal housing organization, Open Communities, celebrates the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s visit to Northwestern with a panel discussion about King's speeches on race relations and housing segregation entitled, Becoming a Welcoming Community

'Inconvenient Indian' Selected for One Book Program

4/10/2015 - 4/10/2015

“The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America” is selected as the One Book One Northwestern campus read for the coming academic year.  Author Thomas King, retired professor of English at the University of Guelph, won British Columbia’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction for “The Inconvenient Indian.”

The Buffett Institute’s study abroad program GESI wins the EDIE Award

3/1/2015 - 3/1/2015

The Buffett Institute’s study abroad program GESI wins the Excellence in Diversifying International Education (EDIE) award for outstanding contributions to access, diversity, and inclusion in international education and exchange. This award is given annually by the Diversity Abroad Network.

Feinberg Appoints Vice Dean for Diversity

2/9/2015 - 2/9/2015

Feinberg School of Medicine appoints a Vice Dean for Diversity, Clyde Yancy, to oversee and grow existing program interests at the student, resident, and faculty level.

Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force Issues Report

11/1/2014 - 11/1/2014

View the Report

Gender and Sexuality Resource Center

10/28/2014 - 10/28/2014

Recognizing the growing awareness of the fluidity of gender and sexual orientation identities, the LGBT Resource Center officially changes its name to the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center. Along with this name change, the Center expanded its space at the Norris University Center, allowing it to serve even greater numbers through its mission to encourage student learning, community engagement and cultural inclusion.

Kellogg Hires Chief Diversity Officer

10/9/2014 - 10/9/2014

Anise Wiley-Little joins Kellogg as its first ever Chief Human Capital and Diversity Officer.  In this role, she will work to integrate Diversity and Inclusion into all of Kellogg's people and business practices. 

Student Enrichment Services (SES) Established

10/1/2014 - 10/1/2014

Over the course of two years, Northwestern partnered with students, faculty, and staff to develop a proposal for the development of an office that would support the 14% of these low-income students at Northwestern. That office, Student Enrichment Services, opened its doors as part of Campus Inclusion & Community in October 2014.

Claude Steele's "Whistling Vivaldi" Selected as One Book

9/8/2014 - 6/8/2015

"Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do" by Claude Steele was selected as the 2014-15 One Book One Northwestern all-campus read. The text is about living under stereotype threat and the role that plays in shaping individuals' lives and society.

The Graduate School Creates the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

9/1/2014 - 9/1/2014

The Graduate School created the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, led by Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Nsombi B. Ricketts, whose mission is to recruit and support a diverse student body.

Nsombi B. Ricketts

CAPS Starts the "Let's Talk" Program

8/1/2014 - 8/1/2014

Let’s Talk is a program that provides drop-in consultations at multiple campus locations for Northwestern students.  It’s free, no appointment is necessary, and students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis by a CAPS staff member. 

John Evans Study Committee Issues Report

5/1/2014 - 5/1/2014

The committee issued a report examining the nature of John Evans' involvement in the Sand Creek Massacre of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians of 1864 while he was governor of the Colorado territory.

Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force Created

4/1/2014 - 4/1/2014

The group was charged with recommending strategies to strengthen Northwestern’s relationship with Native American communities by means of recruitment efforts, discussion of Native American studies programs, and support services for Native American students.

Services for Students with Disabilities Becomes AccessibleNU

2/1/2014 - 2/1/2014

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities was rename changed to AccessibleNU to be more inclusive and to underscore the responsibility of everyone in the Northwestern community to be inclusive and promote accessibility.

Accessible NU Space Completed

1/1/2014 - 1/1/2014

A beautiful, new, custom-designed center was completed in the 2122 Sheridan building. The new location is more centrally located and accessible on the first floor. It also includes many technological advances such as a video-recording system for its test-proctoring center (which proctored over 1700 exams in 2013).

primary entrance for 2122 Sheridan-AccessibleNu offices

This is the primary entrance for 2122 Sheridan with an accessible ramp.

Co-hosted national level conference focused on disability services in health sciences and medical schools/programs.

1/1/2014 - 1/1/2014

SSD co-hosted a national-level conference in partnership with U of C and UC- San Francisco for disability service providers in health sciences and medical programs and schools

Listserv for disability service providers working in Law Schools created

1/1/2014 - 1/1/2014

AccessibleNU created a national level-listserv for univerisity disability service providers who work with students in law school to address complexity of accommodation requests

Coalition for Disability Access in Health Sciences and Medical Education Created

1/1/2014 - 1/1/2014

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) collaborated with the University of  California and UC-San Francisco to create this much-needed coalition to operationalize complex medical accommodations. A national-level listserv for the group was also created.

Accessible Purchasing Policy Developed

5/1/2013 - 5/1/2013

Formulated as a result of involvement in the Web Developers Accessibility Working Group, Purchasing Resource Services developed an accessible technology purchasing policy and incorporated it in its contracts and RFPs.

John Evans Study Committee Formed

2/1/2013 - 2/1/2013

Provost Linzer appoints a committee to examine John Evans’ role in the Sand Creek Massacre.

CAPS Partners With National Wellness Program

1/1/2013 - 1/1/2013

CAPS partners with the Jed and Clinton Foundation Health Matters Campus Program, a national program designed to help colleges and universities promote emotional wellbeing and mental health programming, reduce substance abuse and prevent suicide among their students.

Northwestern members include students, faculty, staff, and administrators.

Expanded collaboration with CIC Disability Services' Offices

1/1/2013 - 1/1/2013

NU joined Big 10 Directors' Disability Services Listserv and monthly conference calls

Mental Health Added to Wildcat Welcome

1/1/2013 - 1/1/2013

Mental Health is added to Essential NU, a series of required programs during Wildcat Welcome on important topics for our Northwestern community. 

Ongoing Collaboration to Update Technical Standards

1/1/2013 - 1/1/2013

SSD is collaborating with three medical programs to develop technical standards that reduce unintentional discrimination toward students with disabilities and still contain the essential requirements of these programs.

School of Communication Increases Recruitment Efforts

1/1/2013 - 1/1/2013

From 2001-2013, the School of Communication's recruitment of tenure track faculty of color increased from 5.4% to 24%.

Medill Equal Media Project

10/23/2012 - 10/23/2012

Members of Northwestern's chapter of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) worked with their faculty advisor, associate professor Douglas Foster, to launch the Medill Equal Media Project (MEMP). MEMP reports on LGBT issues that are underreported or misrepresented in the mainstream media. They focus on a wide array of issues -- from the impact of health care policy on LGBT individuals to the effects of state-specific gay marriage bans -- through the lens of politics, public policy and the 2012 elections.

Deering Library Entrance Renovations

10/1/2012 - 10/1/2012

After 42 years and a meticulous renovation, which included the addition of ADA-approved accessibility ramps to the reconfigured front entrance, the Deering Library doors are reopened in a ribbon cutting ceremony before Homecoming weekend.

Partnership with Posse Established

9/1/2012 - 9/1/2012

The Northwestern Posse Scholars program brings cohorts of students from Los Angeles public high schools to Northwestern, where they receive full scholarships, dedicated on-campus mentoring, annual retreats, career services and other supports. The Posse Foundation is a college access and leadership development program with sites in 9 U.S. cities. Posse identifies high school students for academic and leadership potential for admission into a partner college or university. Northwestern University became a partner institution with the Posse Foundation in 2012. 

Public Voices Fellowship Established

9/1/2012 - 9/1/2012

Northwestern University began partnering with The OpEd Project to present the Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship Program. The goal of the project is to increase the range of voices and quality of ideas we hear in the world, starting with more women. This year-long program provides a select group of Northwestern scholars across all disciplines with the resources, support and skills needed in order to dramatically increase their visibility and influence as thought leaders in academia and the world at large. 

Web Accessibility Working Group Formed

7/8/2012 - 7/8/2012

Partly as a result of the successful 2012 Best Practices Forum presentation on web accessibility, a Web Accessibility Working Group was formed to raise awareness and educate the University community about web accessibility concerns. This group strives to identify challenges and expedite accessibility initiatives while sharing best practices across all university functions.

Multicultural Student Affairs Expands to Include LGBT Center

7/1/2012 - 7/1/2012

During the summer of 2012, the LGBT Resource Center became the fourth department of Multicultural Student Affairs, recognizing the important role they play in helping to fulfill MSA's mission "to promote under-served students and celebrate diversity" at Northwestern.

Launch of Bias Incident Response Website

5/1/2012 - 5/1/2012

The Bias Incident Response Website was launched in May 2012. This website provides a confidential mechanism to students who encounter biased incidents or hate crimes to report such events, and have them investigated by the appropriate office.

Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Appointed

4/1/2012 - 4/1/2012

Northwestern appoints Dona Cordero as its first Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion.

Web Accessibility Featured at Best Practices Forum

3/19/2012 - 3/19/2012

Staff from the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office, Student Affairs Information Technology (SAIT) and a sight-impaired undergraduate student were invited to present on website accessibility guidelines at the 2012 Best Practices Forum

University Web Developers Accessibility Working Group Formed

3/1/2012 - 3/1/2012

A presentation by Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), Student Affairs IT (SAIT), and blind student Tommy Carroll led to the convening of this across-college group.  The Web Developers Accessibility Working Group works to identify and disseminate specific fixes to improve web and technology accessibility throughout the University.

Gender and Sexuality Studies Program Established

1/20/2012 - 1/20/2012

The Gender Studies Program officially became the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program, challenging students to ask questions around gender and sexuality studies, and their deep implications with experiences of race, ethnicity, class, and globalism. Students can also now graduate with an exclusive major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Counteracting Microaggressions Workshops Series Launched

1/1/2012 - 12/31/2013

With campus-wide support, including support from the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, CAPS, and Kellogg's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Women's Center organized a three part series about raising awareness of and fighting microaggressions regarding race, disability, gender and sexuality.

Educational Programming on Privilege and Micro-Aggressions

1/1/2012 - 1/1/2013

Northwestern's Counseling and Psychological Services, in collaboration with the Women’s Center and other campus offices, implemented a year-long series of educational programming on privilege and micro-aggressions for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The featured keynote speaker was nationally recognized expert, Dr. Derald Wing Sue.

NUIT Ensures Web Accessibility

1/1/2012 - 1/1/2012

Formulated as a result of involvement in the Web Developers Accessibiilty Working Group, NUIT published a detailed commitment illustrated through the creation of its Assistive Technology webpages

Study Abroad & SSD Partnership

1/1/2012 - 1/1/2012

SSD began partnering with the Study Abroad office to support the large number of students with disabilities who study abroad, requiring accommodations in their programs. SSD and Study Abroad also both began creating relevant content to be cross-listed on their websites

Suicide Prevention Training Program

1/1/2012 - 1/1/2012

Since CAPS began the QPR (Question-Persuade-Refer) Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program in 2012, over 3,000 campus community members have been educated about suicide and empowered to help individuals expressing suicidal thoughts connect with resources. 

Sheridan Road Audible Crosswalks Installed

12/1/2011 - 12/1/2011

Meeting the requirements of the American ADA, the City of Evanston installed audible crosswalk lights at Sheridan Road.

Student Advocacy Organizations Formed

11/3/2011 - 11/3/2011

In 2001, three student organizations aimed at reducing the stigma associated with disabilities and mental illness through education, advocacy and awareness events were started by NU students: NU Active Minds, Autism Speaks U, and the American Sign Language Club.

1856 Orrington Renovations Completed

9/1/2011 - 9/1/2011

$3.5 million was spent on renovations to this residential hall, which included adding an accessible ramp.

Employers Recruited for Diversity Networking Reception

9/1/2011 - 9/1/2011

University Career Services successfully recruited employers of student interest such as Coca Cola and Google to participate in its Diversity Networking Reception, an initiative co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs.

Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern

4/1/2011 - 4/1/2011

The Graduate School began to host annual "Introduction to Graduate Education at Northwestern Days," an event targeted at recruiting students from minority serving institutions into STEM disciplines

Harris Hall Renovations

3/10/2011 - 3/10/2011

Extensive renovations to Harris Hall are complete, including the installation of an elevator and improvements to the accessibility ramp outside of the building. 

Women in Science and Engineering Program Established

1/1/2011 - 12/31/2012

In partnership with the University of Chicago, the Chicago Collaboration for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics is a program aimed to recruit and advance women in STEM fields.

Online Accessible Class Accommodations

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

Students can now request class accommodations online through the AccessibleNU Database.

screenshot of requesting accommodations process

Chai Chats

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

Chai Chats, sponsored by the Northwestern Muslim-cultural Students Association and Hillel, were started in order to bring students together for constructive conversations about religious differences.

College Bridge Program Launched

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

The Summer College Bridge Program partners with Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to select 25 high-achieving high-school juniors who enroll in one undergraduate Summer Session course. Through this program, students can earn college credit for satisfactorily completed courses while also gaining confidence, experience, and inspiration. 

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"It Gets Better" Video

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

The "It Gets Better" video was produced by student leaders and Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life staff.  The video responds to national suicide and anti-bullying efforts around the country, focusing on LGBT issues, disabilities, and racial identity issues within the Greek community.

Launch of Medill Media Teens

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

This program pairs Medill undergraduates with a diverse group of high school students from Gary Comer Youth Center to study and produce multimedia journalism with the goal of these students one day pursuing careers in journalism and film.

New Diversity Training in The Graduate School

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

The Graduate School provided mandatory diversity training for admissions directors and/or directors of graduate studies of all doctoral programs.

University Diversity Council Established

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

The Council brings together representatives from across the University's many units and constituents to address issues related to diversity and inclusion in a collaborative, holistic fashion. Issues discussed range from academics and faculty retention to campus life and lifetime connections.

University Strategic Plan Released, Emphasizes Diversity and Inclusion

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

The new Strategic Plan, We Will, stresses that we will "close the gap between intentions and outcomes to connect individuals from widely diverse backgrounds and life experiences to a truly inclusive community."

Gender Inclusive Restrooms

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

In response to NU's Queer Pride Graduate Student Association's advocacy to make all campus restroooms safe to gender-variant people, new restroom signage was installed throughout most of Searle Hall by the Health Promotion and Wellness staff.

Focus on Asian and Asian-American Students' Mental Health Needs

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

Northwestern's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) conducts professional development series and training about meeting the mental health needs of Asian and Asian American students by bringing in an expert from MIT, Dr. Xiaolu Hsi.

Partnership Visits to Recruit in STEM Disciplines

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

The Graduate School partnered with minority serving institutions, Spelman and Morehouse Colleges, to focus on recruitment into STEM disciplines.

Expansion of the Summer Research Opportunity Program

1/1/2011 - 1/1/2011

The Graduate School nearly doubled the number of students who participate in the Summer Research Opportunity Program, allowing for more under-represented students who are eligible for early admission to doctoral programs.

Willard Dining Hall Renovations Completed

11/20/2010 - 11/20/2010

Renovations to the dining hall located in the lower level of Willard Hall were completed and include the addition of an ADA-accessible ramp.

Searle Renovations Completed

11/15/2010 - 11/15/2010

Searle Hall, which houses the Student Health Service/Evanston offices, underwent extensive renovations enabled by the generosity of a $1 million grant from the Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust. Renovations included increased accessibility, new elevators and bathrooms.

Gender Open Housing Pilot Program Initiated

9/11/2010 - 9/11/2010

Under the Gender Open Housing pilot program in University Residential Life, a small portion of housing in a suite or hall on campus was assigned not based on gender.

Elder Hall Renovations Completed

9/1/2010 - 9/1/2010

A new accessible elevator and new building entrance on the ground floor via the landscaped courtyard were added to make this residence hall accessible.

Northwestern Appoints First Muslim Chaplain

9/1/2010 - 9/1/2010

Tahera Ahmed is appointed Associate University Chaplain and Director of Interfaith Engagement. A leader in the  Chicago-area Muslim community and a teacher of the Quran, Arabic and Islamic Studies, Ahmed will help to represent the Muslim community at Northwestern.

The Graduate School Diversity Initiative Launched

9/1/2010 - 9/1/2010

The Graduate School launched a new initiative to aid in its efforts to support and attract a diverse student body.

Rogers House renovation completed

8/20/2010 - 8/20/2010

Comprehensive renovations to Rogers House are completed, including making the building ADA accessible with the addition of a new ramp from the courtyard.  The building also became the first green residence hall on campus, receiving a silver-level LEED certification.

Childcare Partnership launched in Evanston

1/1/2010 - 1/1/2010

Northwestern entered a priority enrollment agreement with Bright Horizons Family Solutions, where special benefits are offered to University faculty, staff, and students for a wider range of high-quality childcare.

Creation of NU Senior Care Connections

1/1/2010 - 1/1/2010

This eldercare program provides advice, resources, and support to caregivers working at Northwestern.

Good Neighbor, Great University Program Established

1/1/2010 - 1/1/2010

The Good Neighbor, Great University Scholarship Program provides significantly increased financial aid to incoming freshmen who graduate from public or private high schools in Evanston and Chicago and who need financial assistance. Northwestern attracts significant numbers of applicants from underrepresented groups from these two cities, and this program will help ensure that financial barriers do not deter their ability to attend.

University Career Services Diversifies Hiring Efforts

1/1/2010 - 1/1/2010

In the fall of 2010, University Career Services, now called Northwestern Career Advancement, created a diversity liaison role to work with employers and campus units active in diversity hiring efforts.

Northwestern University in Qatar Opens

3/23/2009 - 3/23/2009

The official opening ceremony of Northwestern University in Qatar takes place on March 23, 2009.  At Northwestern's first overseas campus, students can earn a bachelor of science in journalism or communication, a certificate in Middle East studies, and a minor in media and politics.

Northwestern Greek Allies Group Founded

1/1/2009 - 1/1/2009

This group was designed to be a safe space for LGBT students and allies in the greek system to focus on diversity issues and outreach to chapters.


Northwestern Protects Gender Identity and Expression

1/1/2009 - 1/1/2009

Protects faculty, staff, and students from discrimination at Northwestern, regardless of how they identify or express their gender.

Latina and Latino Studies Program Launches

1/1/2009 - 1/1/2009

Northwestern's Latina and Latino Studies Program is launched, recognizing the importance of the histories, political experiences, cultural, artistic and material expressions, and intellectual traditions of Latinas and Latinos living in the United States.

Tech Plaza Reconstruction Completed

10/22/2008 - 10/22/2008

The Technological Institute main entrance plaza was reconstructed to incorporate a sloped entrance and ramp to enhance the building's accessibility.

new tech plaza

No-Loan and Loan-Cap Programs Established

9/1/2008 - 9/1/2008

Under these programs, subsidized Stafford or Perkins loans for Northwestern students are capped at $20,000 over four years, and students with the greatest financial need will have their loans replaced by grants funded through the University.

Annie May Swift Renovations Complete

6/1/2008 - 6/1/2008

Renovations to Annie May Swift Hall (AMS), one of the oldest surviving buildings on the Evanston campus, are completed and include the installation of an elevator.

Partnership with Questbridge Established

5/1/2008 - 5/1/2008

Northwestern joins QuestBridge, a national program aimed at increasing university access to low-income high school students. Northwestern will provide full four-year scholarships covering tuition, room and board for as many as 25 low-income students annually.

Middle East Studies Program Expanded

2/26/2008 - 2/26/2008

With a new gift from the Crown Family, Northwestern was able to expand its Middle East Studies Program by hiring additional faculty members, and strengthening the program's curriculum.

Police Advisory Board Established

1/1/2008 - 1/1/2008

The Police Advisory Board was established as a forum to review and discuss public safety concerns for the University and the neighboring community. Its purpose and mission is to create an inclusive environment characterized by civility.

Full Funding Established for Diversity Fellowships in The Graduate School

1/1/2008 - 1/1/2008

The Graduate School's Diversity Fellowships program offers full funding for under-represented doctoral students.

Northwestern Joins National Mentoring Project Eye to Eye

7/15/2007 - 7/15/2007

Eye to Eye

Northwestern was one of the charter chapters of Project Eye-to-Eye, a national mentoring program with the goal to improve the life of every person with a learning disability.  Through this program, NU students with ADHD and/or learning disabilities mentor high school students with similar conditions at Golf Middle School in Morton Grove, IL.

Sexual Orientation Added to Northwestern's Nondiscrimination Policy

1/1/2007 - 1/1/2007

 Protects faculty, staff, and students from discrimination at Northwestern, regardless of sexual orientation.


Room & Board Accommodation Committee

6/10/2006 - 6/10/2006

The Room & Board Accommodation Committee was established to ensure reasonable accommodations for housing and meal plans for students with disabilities in residence halls. Representatives from CAPS, University Health Service, AcessibleNU, and University Housing make up the committee.

Center on the Science of Diversity Established

1/1/2006 - 1/1/2006

With faculty from five Northwestern schools, the Center on the Science of Diversity sought to promote academic, managerial, and educational research and dialogue about the social impact of diversity.

Development of "Difficult Dialogues" Initiative

1/1/2006 - 1/1/2006

With funding from the Ford Foundation, a cross-school initiative on "Difficult Dialogues" offered a series of freshman seminars, public lectures, and other experiences to the Northwestern community that were designed to promote intergroup understanding and communication from 2006-2008.

Greek Life Sustained Dialogue Network

1/1/2006 - 1/1/2006

As part of the Bridging the Gap diversity initiative, The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life partnered with the National Sustained Dialogue Network to train greek life students to lead discussion groups on the topics of social justice, inclusion, and diversity issues.

African American Studies Ph.D. Program Established

6/1/2005 - 6/1/2005

Northwestern became the seventh university to offer a Ph.D. in African American Studies.

Wheelchair Basketball Event

4/20/2005 - 4/20/2005

Members of the Northwestern men's and women's basketball teams participated in the Wheels of Change wheelchair basketball game against the University of Illinois wheelchair basketball team -- all for charity. This event is the culmination of the student organization Wheels of Change's Disability Awareness Week.

Accommodations for Foreign Language Requirement

3/1/2005 - 3/1/2005

The Council on Language Instruction (CLI) established a procedure for students who have diagnosed disabilities that affect foreign language acquisition to still meet the requirement. This process allows all students to experience the benefits from engaging in the study of a foreign language and culture.

Interfaith Residence Hall Opened

9/1/2004 - 9/1/2004

A new student residence hall, Interfaith Hall, is opened.  It is comprised of 34 members of several different faith traditions and practices and seeks to promote tolerance and exploration of religion spirituality through discussion.

LGBT Resource Center Opens

5/1/2004 - 5/1/2004

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Resource Center (now called the Gender and Sexuality Resource Center), a department of the Center for Student Involvement, was created "in order to sustain and strengthen an open, safe, just and inclusive campus community for people of all sexualities and gender identities by eliminating heterosexism, homophobia and gender identity oppression.”

Global Health Studies Minor Created

1/1/2004 - 1/1/2004

The Global Health Studies minor fosters an interdisciplinary approach to thinking critically about health challenges and practices all around the world.

Center for African American History Established

1/1/2004 - 1/1/2004

The Center for African American History (CAAH) draws together scholars from across the disciplines to promote the study of all aspects of African American history and the history of the African Diaspora.

Multicultural Student Affairs Created

1/1/2004 - 1/1/2004

Multicultural Student Affairs was created to bring together all three departments serving different ethnic groups within student affairs, African American Student Afairs, Asian/Asian American Student Affairs, and Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs, in an inclusive and collaborative manner. In 2015, this area was restructured under the umbrella of Campus Inclusion & Community.

CAPS and ASG Partnership

11/12/2003 - 11/12/2003

A CAPS-ASG Student Committee created to build and and maintain dialogue between students and the CAPS administration. As the voice of the students, the mission of the committee is to assist CAPS in strategizing about how to provide quality mental health services to the Northwestern community, as well as to promote mental health wellness and awareness on campus.

Door Push Plates Increase Accessibility

5/25/2003 - 5/25/2003

To improve accessible access across campus, push-plates are installed in the Public Affairs and  International Affairs Residential Colleges (PARC and West Fairchild) and at University Hall.

Accessible Building Entries

4/1/2003 - 4/1/2003

A listing of accessible building entrances was published.

Temporary Ramps Added to Sorority Houses

1/1/2003 - 1/1/2003

As an outgrowth of efforts by the Accessibility Committee and Wheels of Change, temporary ramps were added to 14 sorority houses to facilitate an accessible recruitment process.

International Artists Series

9/1/2002 - 6/1/2003

During the 2002-2003 school year, the School of Communication organized an international artists series in partnership with the Block Museum. The series brought filmmaker Shyam Benggal and Kabuki artist Shozo Sato for a residency, presenting their work at the Block and through public lectures.

University Accessibility Council Formed

6/1/2002 - 6/1/2002

Consisting of faculty, staff and students from around the University, this Committee provides recommendations on campus accessibility improvements. 

Medill High School Journalism Day

4/4/2002 - 4/4/2002

Students from Chicago-area high schools, especially from diverse neighborhoods, are invited to campus to experience first-hand Medill and university life in this annual event

African American Studies Department Expansion

1/1/2002 - 12/31/2003

Northwestern recruited a greater number of new, knowlegeable faculty to the Weinberg College Department of African American Studies to reflect the importance of the field to the University.

University Accessibility Committee Formed

1/1/2002 - 1/1/2002

This committee, consisting of university administrators from the Office of the Provost, Facilities Management, Office of Equal Opportunity & Access, Purchasing Resource Services, Services for Students with Disabilities, Dean of Students, VP for Student Affairs, as well as faculty and students, successfully pushed for the first floors of all academic buildings to be made accessible and undertook numerous accessibility surveys on the campus residence halls and Greek houses to inform additional accessibility improvements.

Wheels of Change

1/1/2002 - 1/1/2002

A group of four NU students in wheelchairs worked tirelessly to raise awareness about the need for campus accessibility improvements. The efforts of their group, Wheels of Change, contributed greatly to the formation of the University Accessibility Committee, and resulted in them being awarded "Outstanding New Student Organization" for 2002-2003.

Center for Global Culture and Communication Established

1/1/2002 - 1/1/2002

The School of Communication established the Center for Global Culture and Communication, which continues to organize residencies for artists and scholars. The Center explores issues related to cultural diversity, diaspora, and communication.

Multicultural Center Expanded

1/1/2002 - 1/1/2002

After formerly sharing space with Fellowships Office and University Advising Center, the Multicultural Center expanded into the entire building located at 1936 Sheridan Road.

Asian/Asian American Student Affairs Created

7/13/2001 - 7/13/2001

The Asian/Asian American Student Affairs (A/AASA) office is founded to provide services and programs that support the collegiate experience of Northwestern's Asian and Asian American students. They encompass many ethnicities and identities, including adoptees and mixed-race individuals, and are currently the largest racial minority group at Northwestern.

Campus Accessibility Audit

5/1/2001 - 5/1/2001

Recognizing the need to develop a campus-wide accessibility plan, Facilities Management began a comprehensive audit of all campus spaces.

SSD Office Relocated

2/13/2001 - 2/13/2001

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) moved to a new location in the basement of Scott Hall, allowing for more test-proctoring space and enhanced privacy.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration

2/1/2001 - 2/1/2001

This annual series of events on both campuses celebrates and commemorates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy.

First Disability Awareness Week organized and held by SSD

1/1/2001 - 1/1/2001

Later called "Accessibility Week," SSD created a week-long series of events, speakers, and trainings geared toward raising awareness and gaining allies

Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs Created

7/15/2000 - 7/15/2000

The Hispanic/Latino Student Affairs (H/LSA) office is founded to provide services and programs that support the collegiate experience of Northwestern's Hispanic and Latino students.

Gender Studies Program Established

5/10/2000 - 5/10/2000

The Women's Studies Program officially changed to the Gender Studies Program in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, reflecting its strong, existing foundations in women's studies scholarship and feminist theory and expanding its commitment to include the study of gender more broadly.

Safe Space Ally Training

2/8/2000 - 2/8/2000

The first Safe Space Ally Workshop was offered, intended to educate individuals who support LGBT individuals on campus and in the global community. The program advances NU's goal of creating a campus community in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

Testing Center Established

1/15/2000 - 1/15/2000

Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) opened its testing center, in which to proctor accommodated exams.

Asian American Studies Program Founded

9/1/1999 - 9/1/1999

After years of student lobbying, the Asian American Studies Program was founded as a minor in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

CAPS Hosts LGBT Expert for Keynote Addresses

1/1/1998 - 1/1/1998

Northwestern's Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) hosted national recognized expert on LGBT issues, Dr. John Gonsiorek, to campus for two keynote addresses on identity development.

Ryan Field Renovations

2/15/1997 - 2/15/1997

Extensive renovations to Ryan Field are made, including the addition of accessible seating areas for wheelchairs.

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities Created

1/1/1997 - 1/1/1997

The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) became its own entity, no longer part of Equal Employment Opportunity, to make its services more visible and to address the growth in the number of students served.

Asian American Hunger Strike

4/1/1995 - 4/1/1995

Asian american hunger strike

Students from the Asian American Advisory Board (AAAB), along with other supporting students, organized a hunger strike that lasted twenty three days and was aimed at increasing support for the creation of an Asian American Studies Program.

The protests resulted in the formation, four years later, of the Asian American Studies Program as a minor in WCAS.

Women's Studies Recognized as Major

7/15/1993 - 7/15/1993

Recognizing the strengths of scholarship and teaching related to gender, feminism, and sexuality at Northwestern, a major in Women's Studies was officially recognized by the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences in 1993.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

9/1/1992 - 9/1/1992

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1992, the 1993 editions of catalogs and the Northwestern University Faculty Handbook stated, “it is University policy to ensure that no qualified student with a disability is denied the benefits of, excluded from participation in, or otherwise subjected to discrimination in, any University program or activity.”

Student Handbook Recognizes Disability

1/1/1992 - 1/1/1992

The Student Handbook was updated to change the terminology from "handicapped" to "disabled," employed person-first language, and began to more widely advertise the rights of and services available to students with disabilities

African American Student Affairs Created

5/3/1973 - 5/3/1973

Also in response to the student protests of the late 1960s, the African American Student Affairs (AASA) group was founded. The first facility, popularly known as "The House," was located at 619 Emerson.  In 1972-73, AASA moved to larger quarters at 1914 Sheridan Road, where they still reside, and which today is colloquially known as "The Black House."

African American Studies Department Created

9/1/1972 - 9/1/1972

In response to the black student protests in the 1960's, the university established the Department of African American Studies to expand the scholarship and study of black history and literature.

Bursar's Office Sit-In

5/3/1968 - 5/3/1968

Over 100 students occupy the Bursar's office in the university's first sit-in. The students were successful in eliciting a number of commitments from the administration to address issues around recruitment, enrollment, and financial aid policies for black students. Importantly, the students were also successful in achieving a commitment to create the Department of African American Studies.

Learn more about this important turning point in Northwestern's commitment to diversity and inclusion in a special issue of the Daily Northwestern HERE.