FSD 21-14_DEIJB Proposal voted by FAC February 2022

April 5, 2022

FSD 21-14

To: The Faculty Senate of Purdue University Northwest (PNW)

From: Faculty Senators (Faculty Affairs Committee)

RE:  Proposal for an ad hoc Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice and Belonging (DEIJB) Sub-Committee of the Faculty Affairs Committee of the PNW Faculty Senate

Date: February 4, 2022


Per the “Nondiscrimination Policy Statement” of Purdue University and Purdue University Northwest, the institution “is committed to maintaining a community which recognizes and values the inherent worth and dignity of every person; fosters tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect among its members; and encourages each individual to strive to reach his or her own potential. In pursuit of its goal of academic excellence, the University seeks to develop and nurture diversity. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.

Purdue University views, evaluates, and treats all persons in any University related activity or circumstance in which they may be involved, solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.

Purdue University prohibits discrimination against any member of the University community on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran. The University will conduct its programs, services and activities consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and orders and in conformance with the procedures and limitations as set forth in Purdue’s Equal Opportunity, Equal Access and Affirmative Action policy which provides specific contractual rights and remedies. Additionally, the University promotes the full realization of equal employment opportunity for women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans through its affirmative action program.”

WHEREAS PNW may not be entirely exempt from systemic racism and ending systematic racism requires structural remedies;

WHEREAS The PNW faculty are committed to ending systemic and institutional racism.



That an ad hoc committee of the Faculty Affairs Committee shall be established to foster antiracism, equity, and inclusion as central to PNW’s culture and operations by activities including but not limited to reviewing practices and procedures to determine if they institutionalize racism and inequity in the university and the communities it serves, studying the university’s climate vis-à-vis equity and inclusion, and proposing and helping operationalize anti-racist, inclusive, equity-fostering practices and procedures throughout the university. This committee will submit a written report to the Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) for distribution to the PNW community.


That the committee shall consist of at least

  • two faculty, (2)
  • one staff identified by MAPSAC and one by CSSAC, (2)
  • two students, one identified by SGA and one who is a member of a student organization with a DEIJB focus/mission, (2)
  • one regional leader with a record of advocating for racial justice (1).


That additional members may be recruited in increments that maintain an odd number of committee members up to a total of nine (9).


The ad hoc committee will coordinate with the FAC to establish a reasonable duration of the ad hoc committee to complete its tasks and generate a report based on requirements of the tasks and in ongoing coordination with the FAC.

*Note that the Nominations Committee will identify faculty members and regional representative.

Approved on February 4, 2022 by the Faculty Affairs Committee

Tony Sindone, Chair – Yes

Jai Agrawal – Yes

Omer Farook – Yes

Robert Hallock – Yes

Vincent Marasco – Yes

Meghan L McGonigal-Kenney – Absent

Colette Morrow – Yes

David Nalbone – Absent

Vanessa Quinn – Yes