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Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council

The Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council of the Department of Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine was created to continue the department’s commitment to excellence in clinical education and research.

Our Mission

  • To provide a culture and climate for our trainees and faculty that promotes and ensures key principles of diversity and inclusion resulting in improved medical education and the delivery of holistic and compassionate care for our patients.
  • To create an environment that is not only diverse but embraces and encourages the principles of inclusion; committed to providing equitable access to opportunities and resources to our trainees and faculty who identify as members of traditionally marginalized groups, including those based on race/ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, physical ability, language, and/or immigration status.

Diversity Initiatives

To address our mission, the Department of Medicine and the Diversity and Cultural Affairs Council have implemented several initiatives, including:

Members & Events

Campus & Community Resources

"As Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the Department of Medicine I lead and direct endeavors to address racism, promote inclusivity, and remove bias in our culture and organization. In our Department of Medicine, we remain steadfast to our commitment to fostering a culture of anti-bias and pro-equity throughout all our mission areas: research, education, patient care, and community engagement."

Muriel Jean-Jacques, MD
Associate Vice Chair for Diversity, Equity,
and Inclusion, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine


The Department of Medicine strives towards providing a safe and inclusive environment as a means to strengthen the talent of our trainees and faculty.”

Douglas E. Vaughan, MD
Chair Emeritus, Department of Medicine
Irving S. Cutter Professor of Medicine