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Diversity at Northwestern

The Northwestern University community includes almost every culture and race around the globe.  Our students, faculty and staff have diverse needs, values, opinions and a point of view that adds to a rich work and educational environment.

Northwestern is committed to fostering an environment of diversity and equal opportunity.  While much of this is accomplished through the community as a whole, leadership from the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access implements processes, procedures and initiatives that make Northwestern University a leader in diversity and equality among other schools in the nation. Read a statement on the Diversity and Inclusion website from the President and Provost on diversity at Northwestern.


Northwestern provides resources to prevent discrimination, foster diversity and assist community members with disabilities. 

Feel free to contact our office at or by phone at 847-491-7458 if you need a reasonable accommodation or access to University or local, community-based organizations.

Affirmative action

Northwestern University is a federal contractor that actively participates in affirmative action planning in the areas of recruitment and retention. For each employment and promotional opportunity, Northwestern University actively seeks women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities to maintain a University community that is based on equal opportunity, reflects the diversity of American society, and improves opportunities for women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities. See affirmative action FAQs.

Affirmative action search and recruitment

All employment searches are conducted in compliance with federal and state equal employment opportunity laws and the affirmative action plan of the University.