Student Advocates

We are here to help! Student advocates work to address student needs and to guide with university policies and procedures.

Student Assistance, Support and Advocacy

Advocates are located on each campus in the Office of the Dean of Students and are available to help with a wide variety of issues that students are faced with. Students are connected with appropriate university and community resources to support their academic success and progress. When experiencing unforeseen circumstances, students are provided assistance within university policies and procedures.

Student Support Advocacy Program

Advocates assist students with many personal and life situations. Specialized support and advocacy is available to students who have experienced sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking, or family circumstance impacting their academic pursuits, like pregnancy or parenting.

Staff are committed to provide services that are non-judgmental, survivor-focused and empowering. Recognizing that each person’s experience is unique, staff are available to help each survivor assess their reporting options and access resources that meet their personal needs.

Campus and Community Resources

Campus Resources

Health-Care Facilities
Hammond Campus: Regional Health Clinic, 2250 173rd Street
Westville Campus: Dworkin Student Services and Activities Center

Counseling Center
Hammond Campus: Riley Center, 2250 173rd Street
Westville Campus: Technology Building 101
Contact: 219-989-2366

Office of Dean of Students
Student Union & Library, Room 313, Hammond Campus and LSF, Room 103, Westville Campus
Contact: 219-989-4141 / 219-785-5230

Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
Lawshe 231, Hammond Campus and Schwarz Hall, 25 C, Westville Campus
Contact: 219-989-2337 / 219-785-5545

PNW Police
G095 & G097, Schneider Building, Hammond Campus
Room 101, Campus Police Building, Westville Campus
Contact: 219-989-2220 / 219-785-5220 or Emergency: 911

Community Resources

The Caring Place
Valparaiso, IN
24-Hour Hotline: 219-464-2128

The Crisis Center, Inc.
Gary, IN
24-Hour Hotline: 800-519-0469

Haven House Family Advocacy Center
Hammond, IN
24-Hour Hotline: 219-931-2090

St. Jude’s House Family Shelter
Crown Point, IN
24-Hour Hotline: 800-254-1286

Stepping Stone Shelter for Women, Inc.
Michigan City, IN
24-Hour Hotline: 866-879-4615

Office of the Dean of Students Virtual Hours

The Office of the Dean of Students will be offering virtual walk-in hours with our Student Advocates every weekday through Google Meet or via phone. Meet with the advocate team from the comfort of your home on your computer or smartphone. If you’re experiencing financial problems, family or other issues that are preventing you from being successful in your courses, or just don’t know where to ask for help, ODOS is the place to start.

  • Monday: 10am to 12pm CDT
  • Tuesday: 10am to 12pm CDT
  • Wednesday: 1pm to 3pm CDT
  • Thursday: 1pm to 3pm CDT
  • Friday: 10am to 12pm CDT

All virtual hours will use Google Meet. We will also have a call in option. More information i posted on the ODOS Facebook Page.

As always, our staff is available for meetings by appointment with students by phone and video (using Google Meet). If you have any questions, please let us know by calling 219-989-4141 (Hammond), 219-785-5230 (Westville), or emailing


Student Advocate Walk in Hours

Monday: 2 PM – 4 PM
Wednesday: 11 AM – 1 PM
Thursday: 9 AM – 11 AM

Office Hours:
8 AM – 4:30 PM
Student Union Library Building (SULB) 313

Tuesday: 12 PM – 2 PM
Wednesday: 1 PM – 3 PM
Friday: 9 AM – 11 AM

Jennie Pruitt
Assistant Director of Student Support and Advocacy

Office Hours:
8 AM – 4:30 PM
Library-Student-Faculty Building (LSF) 103