Office of Institutional Equity

The Office of Institutional Equity is responsible for enforcing the policies regarding equal access and equal employment and educational opportunity for all members of the university community. These policies promote the university’s commitment to compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.

Mission: The Office of Institutional Equity promotes a culture of inclusivity, equal access, and equal opportunity for all University community members.

Ultimately, the office provides services that support the university’s commitment to an environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination.

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Ensuring Accessibility

PNW is committed to providing equal access to employment opportunities, educational programs, services, activities and events.

See Accessibility Guidelines

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Title IX Service Award Recipients

2022 marked the 50th Anniversary of Title IX. Four individuals affiliated with Purdue University Northwest are winners of the 2022 Title IX Distinguished Service Award from Purdue University.

Meet the Honorees

Contact Us
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Office of Institutional Equity

(219) 989-2337 (Hammond) | (219) 785-5545 (Westville)

A Community of Pride

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Kennedy Jackson, ’23

College of Business

“Knowledge is the highlight of Black History Month and I feel like hearing people’s story and their knowledge will just be so enlightening.”

Daniel Gyekye

Daniel Appiah Gyekye, ’23


“When I came to Purdue Northwest, I was able to interact with people from different cultures and backgrounds. I learned a lot about leadership and the procedures of administration.”

Tavinder Bains

Tavinder Bains, ’24

Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling

“I feel like [women’s history month is] a way of recognizing women but also a way of setting the stage for the next generation of women.”

Additional Resources

File a Complaint

See the steps you need to follow if you have been subjected to discrimination or harassment.

Know Title IX

Discover where to go and what to do for incidents of sex-based discrimination and sexual harassment.

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ADA Requests

See the process to request accommodations and  report accessibility concerns.

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PNW en Español

Obtenga información importante sobre Purdue University Northwest, incluyendo los programas académicos y la vida estudiantil.

News and Announcements

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Looking Back at Unleashing Empowerment

For Women’s History Month, PNW welcomed back three prestigious alumnae to share their perspectives as distinguished women leaders and facilitate impactful conversations for women’s professional and personal growth.

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Purdue University Northwest shares Women’s History Month events

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will recognize Women’s History Month throughout March with a slate of events that highlights chapters in women’s history, facilitates inspiring guest speakers, addresses women’s issues and celebrates women leaders.

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PNW psychology professor receives 2024 MLK Dreamer Award

Gisele Casanova, PNW psychology professor, receives 2024 MLK Dreamer Award as one of four individuals within the Purdue system.

Apr 18

Latino Film Festival

Join the Office of Hispanic Initiatives for a celebration of Latino films! Enjoy a Colombian drama film and even get to meet the director herself!

Apr 23

First-Generation Celebration

We’re inviting all graduating first-gen college students from PNW to join us in celebrating their success!

Apr 26

Black Graduate Celebration

The Black Graduate Celebration honors African and African American students who have successfully completed a degree from PNW.

Apr 28

Latino Graduation Celebration

Join us for a Latino Graduation Celebration where we honor all Latino students who have successfully completed a degree at PNW.