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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.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Everyone can expect a learning environment in which their unique perspectives are appreciated, their contributions are valued, and their experiences are equitable. Read more about current and future initiatives that support graduate students and postdoctoral trainees from underrepresented and marginalized populations.


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.


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


All support resources

If there are any questions regarding the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, please email

Annual updates

These annual updates are intended to foster collaboration, provide greater transparency, and clarify what is within the purview of The Graduate School and where we work with campus partners to address questions and ideas related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our goal is to cultivate an environment that values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives—all essential elements for true academic excellence.

2020–21 Recent Progress and Planned Initiatives

2019–20 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives


Land acknowledgement

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa. It was also a site of trade, travel, gathering, and healing for more than a dozen other Native tribes and is still home to over 100,000 tribal members in the state of Illinois. 

The land we stand on from Multicultural Student Affairs on Vimeo.