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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, 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