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Nsombi B. Ricketts

Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion

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Nsombi B. Ricketts serves as Assistant Provost for 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. She collaborates with institutional leadership, internal partners, and external stakeholders to promote a culture of equity and inclusion for all Northwestern students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community partners.

Previously, Nsombi served as the inaugural assistant dean for diversity and inclusion at The Graduate School (TGS) at Northwestern University. She established the TGS Office of Diversity and Inclusion, developed the overall diversity and inclusion strategy, and led recruitment and retention efforts to diversify the graduate community. During her tenure at TGS, Nsombi implemented a new diversity recruitment strategy which led to the most diverse PhD class in Northwestern’s history, and launched a new format for the annual TGS Diversity Report.

Prior to Northwestern, Nsombi was the Senior Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. Nsombi transitioned to academia after a corporate career with roles in diversity and inclusion, human resources, and marketing at American Express, AON Consulting, The Princeton Review, and Kaplan Test Prep. 

Nsombi earned her BS in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and her MBA from Goizueta Business School at Emory University as a Consortium for Graduate Study in Management Fellow. She previously served as a member of The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management’s Board of Trustees and The Graduate Management Admission Council’s Diversity Advisory Group. Nsombi was also honored with a Global Multicultural Leader Award and The Consortium 10 Year Anniversary Alumni Award from Goizueta Business School.

Nsombi B. Ricketts, Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion
1-211 Crown, Evanston Campus
Phone: 847 491-5995

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