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Fifty years ago, Congress passed Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits sex discrimination in any education program or activity that receives federal funding. Though not the primary or only result of the legislation, participation in women’s athletics increased dramatically thanks to Title IX.

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Most LGBTQIA individuals face challenges when trying to access high-quality care, leading to poorer health outcomes. Northwestern researchers are coming together to study these communities, remove barriers to care, and develop groundbreaking interventions to improve health.

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Northwestern alumni are applying their journalism training to podcasting. Whether they’re transporting us to faraway places, helping us understand all sides of a complex situation or digging into a single story to shed light on broader social issues, these alumni are delivering diverse, compelling experiences straight to your earbuds.

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My name is Charla Wilson and I am the Archivist for the Black Experience at Northwestern University. And I had the privilege of being part of the Black House "curating the space committee" this past year. We worked together to select a few pieces of artwork and photographs of Black student life on campus that are displayed in the Black House.

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After learning that the majority of children’s books feature either white people or animals, Jacob Jordan ’20, ’21 MS launched the Equal Opportunity Book Box, a monthly subscription service that delivers picture books featuring characters of color, LGBTQIA characters, and/or characters with disabilities.

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Thanks to a community of 174,380 alumni, parents and friends from around the world, We Will. The Campaign for Northwestern brought in an awe-inspiring $6.1 billion.

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The Patrick ’59, ’09 H and Shirley Ryan ’61, ’19 H Family has given the largest single gift in University history to conclude the record-breaking “We Will” Campaign. The $480 million gift will accelerate breakthroughs in biomedical, economics and business research and enable Northwestern to construct a best-in-class athletics venue for the University community.

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When Kim Weisensee Brown ’08, ’09 MS needed content creation help for her Chicago-based nonprofit, she turned to Northwestern to find an intern. To her surprise, she found the perfect fit more than 7,000 miles away: Benjamin Mwangi, a junior at Northwestern University in Qatar.

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New works by Northwestern alumni challenge history, celebrate activists and uplift mundane, everyday moments.

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Dwight White II’s new mural in the renovated Black House is about what you can see — and so much more.

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