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Diversity

A Diverse Community

Multiculturalism is an integral part of daily life at the University of Chicago. Our community is composed of a rich mix of individuals who, with their own distinctive viewpoints, contribute to the intellectually challenging culture of the University through academic pursuits as well as extracurricular interests. Since its founding in 1890, UChicago has embraced diverse students and faculty of all genders, races, and religions, all of whom contribute to a stimulating culture of inquiry. By 1943, the University had awarded more PhDs to African Americans—45 in all—than any other university. By uniting diverse students and faculty for more than a century, UChicago has fostered one of the most unique—and decorated—intellectual communities in the world. A deep commitment to diversity is central to our mission of discovery. Explore diversity at UChicago.

Rockefeller Chapel paper model
Rockefeller Chapel is a center for the diverse spiritual traditions represented on campus. Make your own mini Rockefeller!

Taking a cue from the University’s history, today’s leaders continually find ways to emphasize the mission of diversity in as many areas as possible. In 2003, the University of Chicago’s Provost’s Initiative on Minority Issues asserted, “We must be willing to hear from a variety of sources to determine if our research agendas and priorities suffer from unintended biases, rather than reflect a proper estimation of the state of knowledge in our respective fields.”

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