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Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

Embracing Diversity and Fostering Inclusion Across Northwestern

About Our Work

Our Commitment

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability

Robin Means Coleman

Your voice, your ideas, and your engagement are vital to us as we strive to shape Northwestern into an even more vibrant and inclusive institution.”

Robin R. Means Coleman
Vice President and Associate Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer

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Who We Are

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The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion leads initiatives and guides policy at the enterprise-level to create an increasingly inclusive, diverse, equitable, and welcoming environment for all Northwestern community members – including students, faculty, and staff.

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We seek to develop diverse leaders and promote inclusion and equity at Northwestern University through strategic innovation.

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Our Team

Meet the staff from the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion.

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Find the Support You Need

We support and coordinate diversity and inclusion efforts across Northwestern.

  • Gender Inclusive Initiative
    Find resources and updates on initiatives for our gender expansive community.
  • IDEA Scholars
    The IDEA Scholars Mentoring and Leadership Coaching program is a mid-career faculty leadership development program.
  • Staff Affinity Groups
    Join a staff affinity group to enhance your personal and professional development and foster community.
  • Progress & Reports
    Our office publishes annual reports on the progress of the University’s numerous initiatives for accountability and transparency.
  • Across Campus Support
    Find staff affinity groups, workshops, campus partners and more within our filterable database.
  • Report an incident
    Report sexual misconduct, discrimination, or harassment with the Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance site.
  • Contact Us
    Meet our team and send us suggestions and feedback. Also submit news, events, or resources to share.
  • Across Campus Support
    Find support, diversity and inclusion resources, and more within our filterable database.
  • Academic Programs and Centers
    Northwestern provides a variety of programs and centers for students that fuels powerful collaborations, across diverse fields of study.
  • Events
    Stay up to date with the latest events at Northwestern.
  • Women’s Center
    The Women’s Center supports all women, trans, non-binary and gender-expansive students, faculty, and staff.
  • Contact Us
    Meet our team and send us suggestions and feedback. Also submit news, events, or resources to share.
  • News & Events
    Get the latest DEI news and stay up-to-date with university events.

News and Announcements

Find a variety of recent news, announcements, and more related to diversity and inclusion at Northwestern.


Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

September 6, 2023

UNIDOS Affinity Group Co-Chairs (Gabriela Hedrick, Michael Marino, and Sonia Calles Mesa) share historical insight, the impact of colonization, and the beauty of LatinX culture and heritage.

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Creating a more inclusive campus

May 17, 2023

Michelle Manno, Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, shares why “access” is only a portion in the bigger picture of creating a more inclusive environment.

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National attacks against DEI

April 5, 2023

Robin R. Means Coleman, Vice President & Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion, expounds on national attacks toward DEI and how it impacts the Northwestern University.

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Education Series

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Land Acknowledgement Series: Lesson 1

This first lesson lays the foundation for understanding the historical context and significance of recognizing Indigenous presence and acknowledging a prehistory to colonization.




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Results From Third Coast CFAR Pilot Awards Seminar

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Land Acknowledgement

Northwestern is a community of learners situated within a network of historical and contemporary relationships with Native American tribes, communities, parents, students, and alumni. It is also in close proximity to an urban Native American community in Chicago and near several tribes in the Midwest.

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.

Read more about Land Acknowledgments at Northwestern.