Diversity & Inclusion Programs
The Office of Diversity & Inclusion at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine offers several programs that aim to create community on campus, highlight current diversity and inclusion topics, and support all students on the pathway to medicine. Find the program that's right for you.
For Pre-Medical Students
HPREP is a five-week program for high school students of diverse backgrounds in the Chicago area who are looking for an introduction to medical education and healthcare careers.
NU Docs gives Northwestern University undergraduates an opportunity to interact with medical students, residents and physicians in a weeklong experience during spring break.
A variety of health and medicine pathway programs are available for learners as young as kindergarten to those at the graduate level.
For Medical Students
This society builds community for Black or African American men at Feinberg. The group also sponsors an annual award open to any medical student with an outstanding track record in diversity and inclusion work.
The Emma Reynolds Circle brings together Black or African American women at Feinberg.
Hermanos y Hermanas connects first- and second-year Latinx medical students through one-on-one and group events.
The Student to Resident Institutional Vehicle for Excellence (STRIVE) mentorship program connects medical students and trainees from historically marginalized groups to help students succeed at Feinberg and in residency.
Northwestern University Recruitment to Transform Under-Representation & Achieve Equity (NURTURE)
The NURTURE Program strives to accelerate cultural change at Northwestern through innovative institutional initiatives in hiring, mentoring, promotion and tenure, evaluation, and institutional accountability. These efforts include cluster hiring of early-career faculty.
Find support from Northwestern University staff organizations formed around shared identities.
Northwestern partners with Year Up, a skills-training program for underserved young adults.
The committee offers professional development and partners with our office for diversity and inclusion programming.
Pathways to Medicine
"I felt welcomed at Northwestern from day one. The most important factor for me was the people. They are warm and knowledgeable. We have excellent teachers here who take educating the next generation of physicians very seriously. I felt like I had a family at Northwestern, and that feeling has only grown."
Linda Suleiman, MD; Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion; Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery & Medical Education
"Northwestern was distinct in my mind, at least initially, because they asked a different question than other institutions: 'What do you hope to accomplish in orthopedics?' This question continues to resonate with me. Here, there was an expectation from the beginning that I belonged, that I was of value, and that I had something to offer not only this institution but also my sub-specialty."
John Franklin, MD; Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion & Student Support; Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Medical Education & Surgery
"During medical school, I was 'the MD who hadn't decided to be a doctor.' I've spent the last 30 years being around Northwestern medical students to hopefully spare them some of the pain and guilt I felt as a student."