Center on the Science of Diversity (CSD)
Upcoming Events

4/05/11 Talk by Elizabeth Levy Paluck, Psychology Dept., Princeton University. "Media interventions to change norms and behavior: Field experimental evidence from Central and Horn of Africa." Noon to 1:30 pm. Leverone Hall 372, 2001 Sheridan Rd., Evanston. Register here.

CSD News and Updates

10/8/10 CSD Faculty Affiliate Professor Kim Yuracko has been named interim dean at the Northwestern University School of Law. The story can be found here.

10/8/10 CSD Faculty Affiliate Professor Dorothy Roberts will serve as chair of the NU School of Law search committee.

10/4/10 CSD Faculty Affiliate Douglas L. Medin has been named President-Elect of the Association for Psychological Science

9/1/10 CSD welcomes one new faculty affiliate: Professor Mesmin Destin, from the Department of Psychology at WCAS.

5/1/10 CSD welcomes two new faculty affiliates: Professors Lauren Rivera and Nicole Stephens, both from the Management and Organizations Department at Kellogg.

5/1/10 CSD Faculty Steering Committee member, Professor Jennifer Richeson is profiled in the May, 2010 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine in an article on "Women on the Rise: 10 Women to Watch in the Next 10 Years."

4/29/10 CSD Faculty Member, Dorothy Roberts, a legal expert on race, gender and class, was awarded the Dorothy Ann and Clarence L.Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship, a top honor for excellence in research.

2/9/10 CSD co-director Galen Bodenhausen published the 2010 "Agenda" paper in the European Journal of Social Psychology on the topic of "Diversity in the Person, Diversity in the Group."  The Agenda paper serves as an annual keynote piece for the journal.

02/02/10 CSD steering committee member Victoria DeFrancesco Soto participated in a National Urban Fellows' leadership conference panel on "Women and Minorities in the Media." 


The mission of the Center on the Science of Diversity (CSD) is to promote academic, managerial and educational research and dialogue about the social impact of diversity. The center’s academic team is composed of scholars from across Northwestern University, with representation from the Kellogg School of Management, the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education and Social Policy, the School of Communication and the Medill School of Journalism.

The goal of the CSD is to bring together scholars who share a common interest in the challenges and opportunities associated with social diversity. Diversity is becoming an increasingly commonplace reality of social life, as people of differing races, ethnicities, nationalities, genders, socioeconomic status, ideologies, thought worlds and cultures find themselves in interdependent relationships with one another. In these relationships, each person must rely on others’ knowledge, skills and perspectives to accomplish important goals. Understanding the barriers and opportunities associated with creating diverse social environments that are positive, sustainable settings for productive exchange is an objective worthy of rigorous scientific inquiry — and central to CSD’s mission.

CSD seeks to foster novel and integrative thinking about how best to create and sustain diverse social institutions, organizations and groups of all kinds. We look to disseminate our evidence-based research discoveries not only to the scholarly community but also to the managers, educators and policymakers who can use new scholarship in practical ways. This approach blends scientific theory with real-world practice to establish frameworks both rigorous and useful.

As a premiere academic institution with a wide range of scholars who study diversity-related issues, Northwestern University provides an excellent home base for the CSD. Located in Cook County, Illinois (identified in the 2000 U.S. Census as the only high-diversity county between the eastern and western seaboards, north of a line stretching from North Carolina to New Mexico), Northwestern is well positioned geographically as well as intellectually for a vibrant center on diversity issues.

Kellogg School of Management
Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences