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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Ten highlights from the 2023-24 academic year

PNW’s 2023-24 academic year was marked by historic opportunities in academics and community impact, major designations reflecting university strategic initiatives, new feats for Pride Athletics, engaging and empowering student life events and much more.

PNW Announces Recipients for the 2024 First-Generation Pride Grant

PNW’s TRIO and Educational Opportunity Programs and Center for Faculty Excellence are beyond excited to announce the recipients of the 2024 First-Gen Pride Grants.

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Purdue University Northwest designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by U.S. Department of Education

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) has earned official designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE). This designation makes PNW the largest HSI in the state of Indiana.

Jun 26

PNW Pride Fest

Celebrate Pride with PNW!

Jun 30

First-Gen Ice Cream Contest – Submission Deadline

Staff, faculty and students are able to submit their proposals for the first-gen student at PNW ice cream contest.

Aug 18

It’s All New to Me Too Picnic – Hammond

Join us and fellow First-Gen students for a special picnic before classes start up this Fall semester!

Aug 19

It’s All New to Me Picnic Too – Westville

Join us and fellow First-Gen students for a special picnic before classes start up this Fall semester!