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Race, Racism, Anti-Racism and Civic Responsibilities: Candid Conversations with Tim Wise on the Hammond Campus

February 23, 2022 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

DEI or DOA? How To Move Beyond Window-Dressing to Achieve Institutional Equity

In this discussion, Tim Wise shares how to move beyond window dressing to achieve institutional equity. Specifically, Wise examines DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) efforts in educational, government, and/or corporate settings, and how those efforts either support real change or perpetuate institutional inequity.

Please note: the PNW Bookstore will be selling copies of Tim’s books. They can be purchased ahead of time and brought to the events for signing.




As he explains in this speech, much of what gets done under the rubric of DEI doesn’t challenge fundamental cultural norms or practices that contribute to inequity, rendering DEI efforts DOA (Dead on Arrival), regardless of the good intentions of those charged with implementing them. Until those structural impediments to change are explored and altered, institutions are setting up their DEI officers for failure, letting down their employees, staff and/or students of color, and doing real damage to the cause of justice. Wise will provide examples of structural changes and institutional norms that promote equity, so that participants can walk away with tangible ideas on how to move real DEI work forward.


Y Jean Chamber’s Auditorium
Mix and Mingle at 5:45 in SULB Third Floor

Tim Wise is pictured.About Tim Wise

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1500 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, to dozens of corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, non-profit, and medical industry professionals about issues of systemic racism and methods for dismantling racial inequity in their institutions.

Wise is the author of nine books, including his latest, Dispatches from the Race War and his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs and is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN and MSNBC.


To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@pnw.edu or (219) 989-2163 five days prior to the event.


February 23, 2022
3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Purdue University Northwest – Hammond Campus
2200 169th St
Hammond, Indiana 46323
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