Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Kellogg

Kellogg's Commitment

Our commitment to fostering an environment of exemplary diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) is inherently connected to our values system at Kellogg, which necessitates building diverse teams, fostering inclusive environments, and striving for equity.

We deeply believe that organizations and markets will continue to become more diverse and, therefore, more complex. If we’re to engage with that complexity effectively and competitively, we have to ensure that people are being treated in an equitable manner and are immersed in an inclusive environment, where they can bring their full selves.

At Kellogg, we’re committed to doing just that.

  • Diversity & Inclusion. We empower our community to wisely leverage the power of teams with diverse perspectives, lived experiences, and senses of belonging. We see inclusion as a required mechanism of effective collaboration that allows different voices to be heard and shapes better solutions to complex challenges.
  • Equity. While this collaborative process is not easy, we believe it will deliver better outcomes not just for some, but for all. Our leaders will go on to grow diverse organizations and markets because they understand them, uniquely positioning them to identify inequity and drive equitable change.

For us, advancing DEI is the right thing to do and the smart thing to do. And it is through this commitment that we will generate value and measure our impact in the world.

Messages from Senior Leadership

DEI Resources to Advance Your Understanding & Make an Impact

by Kellogg Community
May 21, 2021

A Note On the Violence in Atlanta

by Dean Francesca Cornelli & Dean Bernie Banks '08
March 17, 2021

Update Regarding DEI Efforts

by Dean Bernie Banks '08
Aug 10, 2020

Introduction & Kellogg Inclusion Coalition Invitation

by Dean Bernie Banks '08
Jul 8, 2020

Kellogg's Commitment to Anti-Racism and Inclusion

by Dean Francesca Cornelli
Jul 1, 2020


Entrance to Kellogg's Global Hub

DEI Annual Report

The Kellogg Community Experience 2020-2021

We invite you to read the steps we took in AY 2020-2021 to redefine our commitment to advancing DEI, and some of the community-wide efforts undertaken to achieve our five-year objectives.


Advancing DEI Together

Kellogg’s Five-Year Objectives

As part of our commitment to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion within Kellogg and the organizations our students will be leading, we’ve identified three strategic objectives for the next five years.

Kellogg's Five-Year Objectives. DEI Climate Survey: Launched October 2020, preliminary results shared March 2021, further data sharing and action planning spring/summer 2021. Increased Representation Among Students, Staff and Faculty: Launched Advancing DEI Award March 2021. Increased Academic Exposure to DEI Research and Framework: Launched DEI Pathway, March 2021. Improved Community Equity and Inclusion Experience: Launched Black Leadership Speakers Series in Fall 2020, ongoing with quarterly speakers

Kellogg’s DEI Pathway

Through the Full-Time DEI Pathway and Evening & Weekend DEI Pathway, students will gain foundational skills, frameworks, experience and expertise to lead their organizations in diversity, equity and inclusion — whether it’s leading difficult conversations about diversity, building a diverse workforce, or fostering an equitable and inclusive experience for all employees from different backgrounds.
Bernie Banks

As the pace of global diversification continues to increase, it is incumbent upon organizations to meet those market demands.

Bernie Banks / Associate Dean for Leadership Development and Inclusion

The Kellogg Inclusion Coalition

Co-chaired by Deans Francesca Cornelli and Bernie Banks ’08, the Kellogg Inclusion Coalition (KIC) is a task force comprised of representatives from our community, including faculty, staff, students and alumni. KIC members meet and collaborate regularly to identify, drive and complete our DEI initiatives throughout the year. .

Core members include:

  • Faculty: Suzanne Muchin, Nicholas Pearce ’10 ’12, Lauren Rivera, Nicole Stephens, Adam Waytz
  • Students: Em Kuo ’22, Ifeanyi Nnaji ’22, Nedra Mo’net Lucas ’23
  • Staff: Carole Cahill, Elodie Joubert, Minya Nance, Armando Santana
  • Alumnae/i: Joi Freeman ’20, Eric Logan ’94, Matthew Feldman ’86
  • Organizational Partner: Liza Kirkpatrick
  • Senior Leadership: Bernie Banks ’08, Francesca Cornelli, Benjamin Porter
  • Communications: Meredith Klein, Lauren Kostas

If you have any questions about or for the Kellogg Inclusion Coalition, please direct them to KIC@kellogg.northwestern.edu.

More on DEI at Kellogg

Our Community

DEI is part of every facet of the Kellogg experience. Discover Kellogg diversity events, clubs and stories from our entire community.

DEI Research & Thought Leadership

Our faculty are key drivers for advancing DEI at Kellogg and across the globe. Leverage their research and thought leadership to advance your understanding of DEI.