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Feinberg embraces a broad definition of diversity.  We are deeply committed to creating an inclusive environment that values the totality of our students’ experiences and reflects the diversity of the communities served in Chicago. Learn more below.

Are diversity-related health issues part of the Feinberg curriculum?

Our institution is deeply committed to creating an inclusive learning environment. Curricular leaders and students have partnered to ensure content is free of bias. Diversity initiatives have been integrated throughout our teaching, research and clinical activities. Chicago offers an incredible backdrop for MD training. The size and cultural diversity of our city allows us to infuse cultural competency training into our students’ clinical experiences, including our clinics in Chinatown and on Devon.

How open and inclusive is the Feinberg environment to LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff?

The Feinberg School of Medicine is welcoming to all groups from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Feinberg is home to the Northwestern Chicago Out Network, a social network of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Participants include students, faculty and staff from Northwestern schools and clinical affiliates on the Chicago campus. In addition, the student group Feinberg LGBTQ+ Alliance offers educational and other resources to students, faculty and staff. The group also provides information for prospective students.

Is there a way for students to identify underrepresented in medicine faculty mentors?

Feinberg has a long-standing commitment to diversity and excellence. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion works with Feinberg students, residents, staff and faculty to further the mission to achieve a campus environment of belonging and inclusion for all. Mentoring programs are a key element to facilitate this initiative. The Office of Diversity & Inclusion will facilitate mentorship connections between students, faculty and residents that will foster career explorations and development, scholarship and collegiality. Events featuring students and faculty begin the first week of classes.

Does Feinberg interact with LGBTQ+ communities in Chicago? If so, how can students get involved?

Yes, Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine partners with organizations both on and off campus to deliver programming for current and prospective students. Northwestern Chicago Out Network is a group that began several years ago informally and quickly became a regular social networking group for the support and encouragement of LGBT faculty, staff, students, fellows and residents on the Northwestern Chicago campus. There are several LGBTQ+ resources on and off campus: AMSA’s Gender & Sexuality Committee, Gay Lesbian Medical Association and the Northwestern University Pride Alumni Club