Embracing Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion supports the university’s commitment to creating and maintaining a culture of inclusivity and diversity. Our differences are what make us unique, and our uniqueness unites us.

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion collaborates with various departments, student and community organizations to sponsor programs and events that enrich our campus community.

Past events sponsored by Equity, Diversity and Inclusion include:

  • Annual Community Celebration of the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
  • A Toast of Black Excellence: Celebrating Black Spirit Month
  • Chicago Pride Parade
  • Chinese Moon Festival
  • Diwali Festival of Lights
  • Global Groove
  • Handprints for Hope Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign
  • Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrations
  • I Am First: First Generation College Students Celebration
  • International Tea & Trivia
  • Mexican Independence Celebrations
  • Multicultural Wellness Network/Minority Organ & Tissue Transplant Education Program Youth Summit
  • Performance of The Defamation Experience: The Play, The Deliberation, The Conversation
  • Welcome Picnic for International Students
  • Women’s History Month Celebration

If you have an idea for a program or event that you would like to see on campus, funding is available to support your idea. Please submit your Funding Request for Diversity & Inclusion events.

The university’s commitment to a culturally diverse and inclusive campus goes beyond programming. The CCIT is comprised of faculty, staff and students who are charged with recognizing and addressing opportunities and issues related to diversity, inclusion and equity.

Team Members

  • Linda Knox, CCIT Co-Chair, Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Niaz Latif, CCIT Co-Chair, Dean, College of Technology, and Interim Dean, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Sandy Behrens, NWI Area Health Education Center
  • Elaine Carey, College of Humanities,Education and Social Sciences
  • Taryn Eastland, College of Nursing
  • Jennifer Fraga, Honors College
  • Kenny Kincaid, College of Humanities, Education, & Social Science
  • Godwin-Charles Ogbeide, College of Business (White Lodging School)
  • Omolara Olayinka, Graduate student
  • Victoria Paige, Undergraduate student
  • Vanessa Quinn, College of Engineering and Sciences
  • Liz Rodriquez, College of Humanities, Education, & Social Sciences
  • Kim Thomas, Finance & Business Services
  • Keisha Ward, College of Business
  • Tim Winders, Information Services