“Diversity is a centerpiece of our planning for the future of graduate education at Northwestern University.  In today’s competitive and complex world—and in the context of a country undergoing important demographic shifts in our population—there can be no truly excellent environment for the training of future scholars, thought leaders, and practitioners that is not made up of diverse peoples, with diverse intellectual interests, and from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  Furthermore, it is incumbent up us to remain vigilant about creating a teaching and learning environment of inclusive excellence that makes it possible for us to support all members of our scholarly community to contribute fully their gifts and talents with as few imposed limitations as possible.”

-Dwight A. McBride, Dean of The Graduate School and Associate Provost for Graduate Education

A diverse population strengthens the whole community. We want to be a national leader in recruiting, retaining and encouraging the success of underrepresented minority students in graduate education.

What We’re Doing

We plan to recruit diverse students and raise the graduation rates of underrepresented minority students by:

  • Increasing the quality of interactions between prospective students and faculty and staff members, as well as providing more information about the benefits of an advanced degree.
  • Dedicating resources to training and professional development programs.
  • Training faculty to recruit and mentor students from diverse backgrounds.

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