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TGS Releases 2015 Diversity Report

Modified: September 23, 2015

Dear Members of The Graduate Community At Northwestern University, 

It is with great pleasure I share with you The Graduate School’s (TGS) Diversity Report for 2015. Please click here to download.

This is the third year we have released a report about our progress recruiting and retaining a diverse body of students, and we have changed the format this year to showcase our programmatic diversity and inclusion initiatives. We also feature a best practices section that highlights innovation in our academic programs. To shorten the report, we have removed the data on admissions, enrollment, attrition, completion, outcomes, and placement by program, but this information can still be found on the program statistics section of our website at any time.

The Graduate School had a phenomenal year in meeting our diversity and inclusion goals. An unprecedented 16% of incoming PhD students this year will be underrepresented minority (URM) students, up from 10% last year. I am thrilled with the progress that we have made over the past year, and it is my hope that each program will conduct its recruitment season this year with the intention to continue to diversify the graduate student population at Northwestern. As we think about our work in both the recruitment and the retention of our diverse student body, it is good to remind ourselves that every student counts, every interaction counts, every intention counts, every effort counts, and every program counts.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Office is now led by Assistant Dean Nsombi B. Ricketts, and under her leadership, we leveraged a competitive benchmarking analysis of peer institutions in order to develop our diversity recruitment strategic plan, and we doubled the number of national recruiting events and conferences on our recruitment calendar. We also revamped our recruitment brochure and created a new diversity section on our website. To continue this momentum, we have increased staffing resources for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion. In February 2015, sociology student Laura Carrillo joined TGS as the Diversity & Inclusion Intern. We also recently upgraded our Program Assistant role and are pleased to announce that Aireale Joi Rodgers joined TGS in September 2015 as our new Program Coordinator in Diversity & Inclusion. In addition, we also appointed a second Program Coordinator in September 2015, Noelle Wakefield, to work with both Diversity & Inclusion and Student Life to provide better support for student retention. If you have questions either about programming or about opportunities that you might like to become involved in, I encourage you to contact our office at TGSDiversity@northwestern.edu.

I urge each of you to read our Diversity Report, which celebrates this year’s successes. I look forward to another strong year in which we continue to work toward inclusive excellence in the graduate community at Northwestern.

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
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