Creating a Culture of Inclusion

The Creating a Culture of Inclusion Team at Purdue University Northwest aims to promote an open, respectful and welcoming climate and culture that facilitates learning, discovery, service, engagement and professional development.

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The CCIT strives for a PNW community that values diversity, equity and inclusion. Through the programs and services offered by the CCIT, students, employees and the community learn cultural awareness, appreciate diverse perspectives and promote equity.

Diversity is the infinite range of human differences. As such, we at PNW view diversity holistically, understanding that the definition is constantly evolving and that our plurality is our strength.

Inclusion is involvement and empowerment, which the inherent worth and dignity of all people are recognized and celebrated. As an inclusive university, PNW promotes and sustains a sense of belonging; it values and practices respect for the talents, beliefs, backgrounds and ways of living of its members.

A central tenet of equity is the guarantee of fair treatment, access, opportunity and advancement for all while striving to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of some groups. At PNW, the principle of equity acknowledges that there are historically under-served and under-represented populations. Fairness is needed to assist equality in the provision of effective opportunities for all groups while on campus and in the broader community.

Upcoming Events

Apr 15

SGA Town Hall: Diversity and Inclusion

As we plan for the next school year, what would you like to see from the university in regards to diversity and inclusion?

Apr 19

Anti-Racism Lecture Series: The 1619 Project and the Summer of 2020

PNW professor Mita Choudhury will provide a historical overview of systemic racism, institutional bias and prejudice, and the weak guard rails of “western civilization.”

Apr 23

The Roundtable Perspective: Women in Jamaican Music

Heather Augustyn, English lecturer and music historian at Purdue University Northwest joins host Thomas J. Roach, Ph.D. on Lakeshore PBS.

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

Our Four Pillars

The Creating a Culture of Inclusion Team has organized its work around four pillars to align with PNW’s strategic plan.

PNW’s curricular offerings and support services are designed to be responsive to student interests and needs, providing them with an excellent college experience that prepares graduates to succeed in meeting their life and career goals.

  • Raven Chant (Sub-Team Lead)
  • Oriana White
  • Kim Thomas
  • Teela Sucacin
  • Vanessa Quinn
  • Jennifer Fraga

The long-term strength of our institution correlates to the success of our students and graduates. Purdue Northwest will build on its academic culture and support structures, focusing on degree attainment and post-graduate success, by using a multifaceted, data-informed approach.

  • Catalina Rodriguez (Sub-Team Lead)
  • George Kacenga
  • Raven Chant
  • Oriana White
  • Kenny Kincaid

PNW is uniquely equipped to strengthen and enrich our surrounding communities in ways that are mutually beneficial for internal and external stakeholders alike.

  • Tim Winders (Sub-Team Lead)
  • Kenny Kincaid
  • Liz Rodriquez
  • Martha Gallegos
  • Saiber Shaikh

In an increasingly competitive higher education landscape, PNW will continue to build its vibrant and cohesive identity as the public metropolitan university of choice for our diverse range of stakeholders.

  • Taryn Eastland (Sub-Team Lead)
  • Luis Gamble
  • Monique McAllister
  • Godwin Charles Ogbeide

Meet The Team





  • Luis Gamble
  • Martha Gallegos
  • Raven Chant
  • Oriana White
  • Saiber Shaikh
  • Teela Sucacin