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About the School of Education and Social Policy

At Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), we’re not a typical education school or policy school; we’re both. SESP students, faculty, and alumni are catalysts of broad and meaningful change for individuals and systems alike – a force for good in the world.

The Power of Learning

We are skilled thinkers and skilled doers. Our deep, complex, and multifaceted work and research lead to life-changing discoveries with real impact. And our unique environment – our place, next to a Great Lake – provides an essential pedagogical partner. Here, we consider our rights and responsibilities, the individual and the collective, and what it means to engage in civics and our community.

Dean Bryan Brayboy

Social policy isn’t the only thing that makes us unique. It’s also the political scientists, economists, computer scientists, and sociologists. It’s learning scientists, teacher educators, psychologists, and those studying human development.”

Dean Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice at SESP

As a school of learning, leadership, and policy, we are committed to building communities that nurture individual and collective well-being and affirm justice in the world.

Connect with our Community

From our students to our faculty, staff, partners, and supporters, community is essential to SESP.