The Office of Equity offers a variety of informational sessions, trainings, and workshops designed to inform students, staff, faculty, and visitors about their rights and responsibilities as members of the Northwestern community, and to equip community members with the tools to create a vibrant, equitable, and accessible learning environment for all.
All trainings are customized for your specific department or group, and training facilitators will meet department/group leaders prior to the training to gather background information, answer questions, and discuss logistics. We welcome inquiries about training topics not listed below.
To schedule a training, please fill out this brief online Training Request Form.
In order to request training fill out the online training form. You will receive a response to your request within 2 business days. We are typically scheduling sessions anywhere from 2-8 weeks from the date of the request, depending on the type of session requested and staff availability.
You may also request a training by contacting Kate Harrington-Rosen, Director, Equity Outreach and Education, at 847-467-7426 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LGBTQ Ally Training is offered quarterly and trainings rotate between the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Staff and faculty may attend a training on either campus regardless of the campus of which they are based. Learn more about this training initiative.
For training inquiries: EquityTrainings@northwestern.edu
In the 2017-18 academic year, the Office of Equity offered 123 training events.
31 outreach events
including tabling, participating in resource fairs, office hours around campus
5,263 total individuals were trained.
- Students: 4,134
- Staff: 743
- Faculty: 332
- Other (third party vendors, Greek House Directors, etc): 54
Thank you for your interest in participating in the Office of Equity's Equity Series. The Equity Series is designed for teams, units, and departments that are ready to engage in long-term dialogue and change work to shift their norms and practices towards equity. Series topics may include: power, privilege, and oppression: building a common language; understanding implicit bias; tools for interrupting harm; and action planning for justice and inclusivity.
Applications for the Spring Equity Series are currently open through 3/8/21. To apply, please complete this application. Departments will be notified about the status of their application by 3/22/21.
Please visit our main training page for more information about other workshops and information sessions available through our office and other campus partners
Equity 101: What you need to know
Tuesday, September 28th, 2021
10AM - 11:15AM
Workshop open to ALL student community members and student groups
This engaging workshop provides an overview of individuals' rights, responsibilities, and options under the University's Policies on Institutional Equity, which includes protections from Harassment, Discrimination, and Sexual Misconduct. For staff, faculty, and others, including students, who are paid by the University, this session can include a discussion of responsible employee reporting obligations, including where and how to report, responding to disclosures of harassment, discrimination, and sexual misconduct, and how to talk with students and colleagues about your reporting obligations.
Framework and Tools for Interrupting Harm
Wednesday, September 29th, 2021
Workshop open to ALL faculty and staff community members
This fast-paced, engaging workshop uses a multi-media approach to explore the concepts of power, privilege, and microaggressions, and how they show up in our work. The facilitator will share several intervention strategies, and guide participants through case studies designed to help them identify harm in the moment and practice intervening to prevent or remedy harm in real-world scenarios.