Cultural Heritage Celebration Committee

The Cultural Heritage Celebration Committee plans events that celebrate the diversity of PNW’s campus community.

The PNW community includes students, faculty and staff of various ethnicities, genders and backgrounds. Our committee aims to provide educational and uplifting events to the PNW community in order to build an inclusive campus.

Reach out to the committee with ideas or feedback by emailing

Signature Events

Kevin Powell speaks on stage during an MLK Day event.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Purdue University Northwest hosts yearly, multi-day events to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by combining the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of our campuses and surrounding community.

See How We Celebrate

Five students pose together during the Black History Month Launch Party

Black History Month

Black History Month honors the achievements, rich culture and history of African Americans and recognizes the important contributions and of Black individuals in society.

See How We Celebrate

Two women pose under a balloon arch in matching Kahlo Karnival shirts

Women’s History Month

Purdue University Northwest hosts a range of Women’s History Month events focused on empowering women, discussing key women’s issues and recognizing accomplished university and community leaders.

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a young dancer during the Hispanic Heritage Festival

Hispanic Heritage Month

PNW’s Hispanic Heritage Month activities engage the campus community and the public with events highlighting the Latinx communities’ history, culture, cuisine and contributions to the world.

See How We Celebrate

  • Arab American Heritage Month
  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
  • Juneteenth
  • Native American History Month
  • LGBTQ+ Pride Month

Upcoming Events

Apr 22

Guest Speaker: Joaquin Zihuatanejo (Hammond)

Hear from Joaquin Zihuatanejo! He’s a poet. artist and teacher, hoping to share stories and advice through his work in capturing the duality of the Chicano culture.

Apr 23

First-Generation Celebration

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

Apr 25

Guest Speaker: Joaquin Zihuatanejo (Westville)

Hear from Joaquin Zihuatanejo! He’s a poet. artist and teacher, hoping to share stories and advice through his work in capturing the duality of the Chicano culture.

Apr 26

Black Graduate Celebration

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

News and Announcements

PNW Unleashing Empowerment speakers on stage at Women's History Month

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.

Four students pose together during an international womens day event.

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.

Gisele Casanova (left) and Alysa Christmas Rollock (right)

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.


Iris SanchezIris E. Sanchez

Director of Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives
(219) 989-1235

Darien ThompsonDarien Thompson

Director of Student Success and Urban Engagement
(219) 989-2743

Thanks to Our Committee Members

  • Don Babcock, Director of Economic Development and Community Relations
  • Raven Chant, Assistant Director of Admissions – New Student Initiatives and Events
  • Auburn Dodd, Admission Specialist – Strategic Initiatives
  • Naomi Gomez, University Library Billing Clerk
  • Brook Hewson, International Program Specialist
  • Britt Hudson, Assistant Dean of Students
  • Maria Hughes, Assistant Professor of Nursing
  • Scott Iverson, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Housing and Student Life
  • Christina Maldonado, Parent, Community and Early Education Liaison
  • Jane Thomas, Associate Professor of Human Resource Management and Organizational Behavior
  • Kale Wilk, Communications Specialist
  • Dorcas Folasade Oyebode, Graduate Student Assistant