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Ongoing Campus Efforts

In partnership with schools, units and groups across the University, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion created a centralized hub for initiatives, committees, resources and programs that contain a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) focus. Many of these ongoing efforts began decades ago and have often been spearheaded or initiated by Northwestern students, faculty and staff — especially the University’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and marginalized community members.

The links featured below showcase the various efforts, resources and services targeted to student, faculty and staff populations.

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Feminist-in-Residence Fellowship

This Women's Center program invites scholars, practitioners, artists, activists and educators to campus for one academic year to further their independent feminist work and engage Northwestern community members.

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Gender Inclusive Initiatives

This initiative to increase access to resources and support for our gender diverse students, faculty and staff is a campus-wide effort led by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI), the Women’s Center, the Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA).
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Native American & Indigenous Initiatives

As part of Northwestern's initiative on Native American Inclusion, the Native American Task Force makes recommendations and explores ideas through conversations across the University.


A Seat at the Table Initiative

This Searle Center initiative aims to create awareness about the importance of fostering inclusive classrooms and learning environments. Its discussion sessions bring faculty together to discuss DEI topics.

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Undergraduate Student Lifecycle Initiative

To better enable undergraduate students who identify across first-generation, low-income and underrepresented minority (URM) identities, this multi-phase initiative will develop a strategy and framework for a continuum of support for these students.

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Northwestern Principles of Inclusive Teaching

This faculty resource provides broad strategies that instructors can use now and in the future to implement eight principles in their course preparation and teaching, and examples of how each principle can be applied in class.

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Inclusive Teaching Practicum

Based on “Northwestern Principles of Inclusive Teaching,” the Inclusive Teaching Practicum is designed for instructors to deepen their understanding of how their identities, positionality and practices impact course climate and student learning.

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Athletics Inclusion Committee

This committee supports diversity and inclusion in athletics by evaluating policies and procedures, surveying the student-athlete experience and providing educational opportunities for coaches, staff and administrators in working with student-athletes.

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Campus Coalition on Sexual Violence

This coalition of staff, faculty, community partners and students meets quarterly to share work being done to combat sexual violence across campus. They connect community members involved in everything from peer education to policy revision to student activism.

Feinberg Diversity & Inclusion Council

Feinberg Diversity & Inclusion Council

Feinberg School of Medicine's Office of Diversity and Inclusion helps recruit and retain a diverse cohort of students each year. Its pipeline program introduces Northwestern undergraduate students from underrepresented groups to careers in medicine.

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GQNBT Task Force

Faculty, staff and students on the Gender Queer, Non-Binary, Transgender (GQNBT) Task Force explore how Northwestern can better support the success of gender-queer, non-binary and transgender (GQNBT) members of the community.

Inclusive Teaching Forum

Inclusive Teaching Forum

The Inclusive Teaching Forum brings faculty from across the university together to further their understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion in learning environments.

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John Evans Report Committee

The committee reviewed and reported on John Evans, a founder of Northwestern. It examined Evans’ involvement in the 1864 Sand Creek Massacre of Cheyenne and Arapaho Indians, which occurred while he was governor of the Colorado Territory.

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Northwestern IT DE&I Steering Committee

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DE&I) is a staff organization working within Northwestern IT to support the mission and efforts of the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion.

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Student Organizations

There are many ways for students to get involved in social justice across campus. Learn more about these student organizations and the great work they do on campus and in the community.

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TGS Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board

The Graduate School Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Council provides The Graduate School (TGS) leadership with guidance on diversity and inclusion plans and initiatives.

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Accessible Events Guide

This guide from AccessibleNU provides event organizers and campus administrators with the tools necessary to proactively plan events that are accessible to students, faculty, staff and community members with disabilities.

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Campus Inclusion and Community

The mission of Campus Inclusion and Community is to work collaboratively with the university community to cultivate inclusive learning environments through the intentional engagement with difference.

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Northwestern Pritzker Law Office of Inclusion and Engagement

The Pritzker School of Law Office of Inclusion & Engagement provides support and guidance for diverse students, staff and faculty. It seeks to create diverse and inclusive Law School community and foster an environment in which diverse viewpoints are explored, shared and debated.

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Social Justice Education at Northwestern

Social Justice Education at Northwestern creates co-curricular educational opportunities in partnership with our student community that foster self-exploration, facilitate conversations across difference and support actions that create social change on campus.

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Suicide Prevention Training & Resources

In many cases, people struggling with suicidal thoughts communicate clues to someone personally close to them. CAPS offers a resources to help teach members of the community how to recognize signs for suicide and how to intervene to save a life.

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Support for DACA Students

Northwestern welcomes students who have DACA status, are undocumented or have undocumented family members to our diverse educational community. Undocumented students can take advantage of financial support for fees, legal support and more.

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LGBTQIA+ Resources

Multicultural Student Affairs provides a consolidated list of resources, including all-gender housing, all-gender restrooms, personal identification changes and more.

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Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR)

CNAIR is Northwestern 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.

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Center for Health Equity Transformation (CHET)

CHET serves as an interdisciplinary hub, fostering innovative community partnerships, education and training, research and health care delivery. This work will inform policymaking and lift health for all, with a special emphasis on giving voice and opportunity to vulnerable populations.

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Health Professions Advising Research

HPA has conducted research on the ways that identity — specifically LGBTQ+ and underrepresented groups — relates to preparing and applying to school in the health professions.

Institute for Sexual and Minority Health & Wellbeing

Northwestern's Institute for Sexual and Minority Health & Wellbeing sponsors the National LGBTQ Health Conference. The interdisciplinary translational research conference focuses on issues affecting the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community.


Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative

The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative promotes new ways for faculty, experts and students at Northwestern to engage communities, civic partners and policymakers to address core problems facing the residents of Chicago and surrounding communities.
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Northwestern Prison Education Program

The Northwestern Prison Education Program (NPEP) is an initiative of Northwestern University to provide a high-quality liberal arts education to incarcerated students in Illinois in partnership with Oakton Community College and the Illinois Department of Corrections.