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Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion

Embracing diversity and fostering inclusion across Northwestern.

Our commitment

Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accountability

We are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive campus community


Developing solutions to persistent and uneven access, retention, and advancement of underrepresented and marginalized faculty, staff and students
Redressing the persistence of inequality and promoting policies, procedures and practices that mitigate structural inequities
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Bringing to light practices and structures that reframes our center of knowing within the University’s learning, teaching, research, artistic and professional environments
Activating a university-wide commitment that places the well-being of our faculty, staff and students as key priorities for a diverse and inclusive University

Land Acknowledgment

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 as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. 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. It is within Northwestern's responsibility as an academic institution to disseminate knowledge about Native peoples and the institution's history with them. Consistent with the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion, Northwestern works towards building relationships with Native American communities through academic pursuits, partnerships, historical recognitions, community service and enrollment efforts.

Northwestern sits on the homelands of the council of three fires

Read more about Land Acknowledgments at Northwestern.