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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Supporting the personal and intellectual growth of our diverse student body.

The Graduate School (TGS) promotes a transformative educational experience for graduate students and postdoctoral trainees at Northwestern University. The Graduate School’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) focuses on the recruitment and support of underrepresented populations to foster an inclusive environment and facilitate community engagement. We are committed to the personal and intellectual growth of our diverse student population.

The Graduate School Diversity Statement

A diverse student population is a key element of the educational experience of students in The Graduate School (TGS). Diversity presents itself in many different forms such as: socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, nationality or place of origin, disability, unique work or life experience, etc.  It is the goal of TGS to cultivate an environment that values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives—all essential ingredients for true academic excellence.

Northwestern demonstrates its commitment to diversity and inclusion with a comprehensive list of available resources for all members of our community. To learn more about the University’s offerings, please visit Northwestern’s Diversity & Inclusion website.

Visit the pages listed below to learn more about TGS’s progress in recruiting, retaining, and supporting underrepresented students across our doctoral programs.

Recruitment

The Graduate School encourages underrepresented students to apply for admission to our master’s and doctoral programs. Representatives from TGS will be attending a number of recruitment events during the academic year to connect with potential applicants. 

See all initiatives and resources to help applicants.

Retention and engagement

Resources

All support resources

If there are any questions regarding the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, please email tgsdiversity@northwestern.edu.

2019–20 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

The Graduate School is pleased to present a recap of our 2019–20 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives. This document provides an overview of our progress in recruiting and retaining diverse graduate students, highlights our diversity and inclusion initiatives, and introduces you to members of The Graduate School community who are collaborating on our efforts. 
 
Our aim is to outline current and future initiatives of The Graduate School that support graduate students from underrepresented and underserved populations, provide greater transparency to graduate student data and demographics, and clarify what is within the purview of The Graduate School and where we work with campus partners when it comes to addressing questions and ideas related to diversity and inclusion.
 
A diverse student population is a key element of the educational experience of students in The Graduate School. Our goal is to cultivate an environment that values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives—all essential elements for true academic excellence. Please reach out to our Office of Diversity and Inclusion or our Office of Student Life with any questions.

View 2019–20 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives