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Diversity in education

Diversity is Northwestern’s appreciation for the variability in all humanity. This embraces but is not limited to ideas about and personal identification with culture, race, ability, sex, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic status, family structure, religion, nationality, ethnicity, heritage, geographic ancestry, education, health care, health status and biology, nutrition, physical size and shape, age, documentation status, employment status, class, political perspective or learning style. While we appreciate all of humanity, Northwestern must ensure that our community is an inclusive and equitable place to learn, work and visit. Inclusion, equity and social justice are the actions we take to welcome, create fair opportunities for, and value the human rights of everyone at Northwestern. 

We live in a world where diversity matters. More females than males, whites than blacks, white females than white males, and black females than black males complete higher education degrees.1 Despite the advancement in the number of white females earning degrees, they are earning $0.78 to the white male dollar.2 These numbers are lower for people of color and they vary by sex3, occupation4 and geography.5

Diversity in health care

A comparison to health care can also be made in the same way. Access to health care and insurance varies by race, English-proficiency, income6, sex and gender7, and age.8 People who are white, are English-proficient, have more income, are not transgender, and are older (aged 30 years or more) have more health care and insurance access than those who are not white, have limited English-proficiency, have less income, are transgender, and are younger (aged 20-29 years).

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is working diligently on reducing these disparities.

1The Rise of Women: Seven Charts Showing Women's Rapid Gains in Educational Achievement

2The Top 10 Facts About the Wage Gap

3The Simple Truth About the Gender Pay Gap

4What Does Race Have to Do with a Woman's Salary? A Lot.

5Household Data Annual Averages: Median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers by detailed occupation and sex

6The Geography of the Gender Pay Gap: Women's Earnings by State

7Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations: Selected Findings from the 2011 National Health Care Quality and Disparities Report

8Young Adults Seeking Medical Care: Do Race and Ethnicity Matter?




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