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TGS Releases Diversity Report

Modified: September 21, 2016

Dear Members of the Northwestern Graduate Community,
 
I am pleased to share with you The Graduate School’s (TGS) Diversity Report for 2016. In this report, we have provided a high level overview of our progress in recruiting and retaining a diverse student body, recognized best practices across campus, and highlighted programmatic diversity and inclusion initiatives. I encourage you to review the program statistics section on TGS’s website, where we keep up-to-date, detailed data on admissions, enrollment, attrition, completion, outcomes, and placement by program.
 
This year, our incoming class of PhD students will be comprised of 45% female students, 13% underrepresented minority (URM) students, and 11% students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI). To continue our momentum in diversifying our graduate student population, it is essential for each program to remember the importance of actively recruiting every underrepresented student, and that every interaction, every intention, and every effort counts. Over the past two years, TGS has matriculated record-breaking percentages of URM students in our entering PhD cohorts. In 2015, 16% of entering PhD students were URM and in 2016, we are at 13%. These represent our strongest recruitment outcomes to-date.
 
While we have made significant progress in improving the diversity of our graduate programs, I believe strongly that we can achieve even greater results. It is my hope that each program will conduct its recruitment season with a renewed focus on reaching our diversity goals. I urge each of you to read our Diversity Report (download it here) and I look forward to another strong year of partnership to improve the diversity and inclusion of our graduate community at Northwestern. If you have any questions about our diversity and inclusion initiatives, please contactTGS's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
  
With Warm Regards,
 
Dwight A. McBride, PhD
Dean of The Graduate School & Associate Provost for Graduate Education
Daniel Hale Williams Professor of African American Studies, English, & Performance Studies

From the Dean