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University Commitments and Progress

In early June 2020, in the wake of local and nationwide events (including the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Tony McDade among other, less publicized acts of violence, exclusion and marginalization of Black and Brown people), President Morton Schapiro and other senior leaders outlined 10 broad University commitments to advance racial and social justice and enable Northwestern to be a safer, more equitable, just and inclusive institution for all.

The Commitments

Explore the 10 commitments to social justice and inclusion. Read our progress updates by visiting the pages linked below.

The Charge

Northwestern’s president, provost, senior vice president for business and finance, and vice president for student affairs asked University leaders to develop strategies that will advance the above commitments. President Schapiro and other senior leaders appointed three action leaders with deep expertise in diversity and equity to coordinate and drive these commitments through culture-shifting work across Northwestern.

We promise to work, as individuals and as an institution, to seek justice and to better support our Black students, staff, and faculty. We need to identify and address all forms of implicit and explicit racism and bias on our campuses. We must, and we will, do more.”

University President and Senior Leaders, June 2020

Read the Full Letter on the Northwestern Leadership Notes Website