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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice

SESP is committed to building culturally thriving and sustainable communities that nurture individual and collective well-being and affirm justice in the world. We aspire to do this by committing to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in everything we do.

How we build and support an inclusive intellectual community.

At SESP, we welcome every individual, inclusive of culture, religious beliefs, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability, age, or socioeconomic status. We strive to promote an environment that fosters a deep sense of belonging, in part by welcoming ideas and beliefs from a wide variety of perspectives. And as the School of learning, leadership, and policy, we value dialogue, respect, and fairness in all our interactions.

We prepare students to study and create social change towards just futures

A key aspect of our work involves understanding and challenging the ideological roots and ongoing practices of unjust systems and our participation in these systems

We develop systems that equitably distribute, recognize, and reward the work it takes to realize these commitments.

This includes examining racism, colonialism, classism, patriarchy, transphobia, ableism, heteronormativity, and other structures, and creating spaces to help people heal and transform.

We invest in people, programs, partnerships, and initiatives that advance the transformative power of diverse perspectives.

In SESP, we embrace multiple ways of knowing and being to enrich our collective endeavors and build knowledge.

We design intentional curricula, scholarship, and community engagement towards these ends.

Through research, teaching, partnerships, and one-on-one interactions, we are responsible for creating a culture that respects and reflects the full personhood, identities, and personal experience of each community member.

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Campus Resources

Northwestern University is committed to embracing diversity and promoting inclusion. The Division of Student Affairs campus resources direct the community to the offices and units dedicated to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus. Additional resources for students, faculty, and staff can be found at Northwestern's Institutional Diversity and Inclusion Support and Community page.

Northwestern University Land Acknowledgment

A Land Acknowledgment is a formal statement that recognizes and respects Indigenous Peoples as traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship that exists between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.

View Northwestern University'S Land Acknowledgment