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PNW has created networking opportunities and professional relationships that I am grateful for, with mentors that are wonderful role models.

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I fell in love with the people in the department and the subject in general. PNW has become a second home for me.

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My professors did a great job of providing a balanced education. There were courses not just in English content, but also in education, pedagogy and a lot of field experience before you start student teaching.

I’ve had some of the best professors. They have been supportive, uplifting and inspiring. They’ve been my biggest support throughout my experience here at PNW and are always willing to go the extra mile to help us students.

Katie McNamara
Elementary and Special Education, Crown Point

It’s crazy how much knowledge I can apply from the classroom to my job at the police department. Dr. Jackson has been an incredible teacher.

Amber Voss, ’22
Thornton, IL
Sociology, Concentration in Criminal Justice

News and Announcements

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Lionhearted Leaders: LaVada Taylor

In a time of racial justice reckoning, LaVada Taylor challenges her students to think critically.

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PNW Faculty Awarded 2022 MLK Dreamer Award

Professor Deepa Majumdar and Associate Professor Karen Bishop Morris have been selected as recipients of the 2022 Purdue University Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamer Award.

Purdue University Northwest’s spring 2022 educational series, “Race, Racism, Anti-racism” will feature five interdisciplinary lectures and discussions. All events are free and open to the public. Visit to register.

Purdue University Northwest announces speakers for spring 2022 “Race, Racism, Anti-racism” series

This spring Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will present a series of interdisciplinary lectures and discussions on racism as a form of necro-being, racism and civic responsibilities, color-blindness and contemporary racism, inner versus outer beauty, the marginalization of certain groups and the racial face of war.

Important Dates

Jan 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the PNW campuses will be closed and there will be no classes. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 18.

Jan 18

Necro-Being: The Worst Form of Racism

In the latest installment of PNW’s “Race, Racism, Anti-Racism Series,” PNW Professor of Philosophy David Detmer, Ph.D.  interviews Leonard Harris, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy at Purdue West Lafayette.

Jan 21

The Roundtable Perspective: Hidden Gems of Northwest Indiana

Joseph S. Pete joins host Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D. to discuss the history of Hammond, Indiana and surrounding Northwest Indiana.

Jan 23

Deadline to Apply to Graduate for Spring 2022

Don’t miss this critical step–apply to graduate online in myPNW! Your action is required whether or not you intend to participate in a Commencement ceremony.