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

Darien Thompson

Welcome Darien Thompson, Director of African American Initiatives

Darien Thompson has joined the Enrollment Management and Student Affairs team as the Director of African American Initiatives where she will play a role in recruitment, retention, professional development, community engagement, and belonging.

A circular glass award that reads "The Indiana State Conference of the NAACP presents The Corporate Award to Ashely Gerodimos and Purdue University Northwest - Westville for their support, flexibility, exceptional service and professionalism. Barbara Bolling Williams, Esq., State President. Doris McDougal, State Secretary. November 4, 2023. The NAACP logo is centered at the bottom of the award.

PNW Events Management Staff Honored at NAACP Conference

Please join me in congratulating Ashley Gerodimos and Events Management staff members Michael Purchla and Todd Hill for being honored with The Corporate Award at the conclusion of the Indiana State Conference of the NAACP held recently in the Great Hall at Westville.

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Purdue Northwest hosts First-Generation College Scholars Celebration events

As a diverse, welcoming, inclusive metropolitan university, Purdue University Northwest (PNW) is dedicated to supporting its first-generation students with a fulfilling student experience and preparation for the next steps in their careers.

Dec 08

2024 Dreamer Award Nomination Deadline

The Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance on the West Lafayette campus is soliciting nominations for the 2024 Purdue University Dreamer Award. You are encouraged to submit nominations by 4:00 p.m. Central Time on December 8, 2023.

Mar 19

2024 Women’s Leadership Luncheon

As part of our Women’s History Month celebration, the Women’s Leadership Luncheon honors outstanding leadership among PNW women. This event is by invitation only.

Jun 12

Pride on the Plaza

Celebrate Pride Month at PNW!

Jun 19


Celebrate Freedom Day with PNW!