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.


Iris Sanchez

Iris E. Sanchez

Director of Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives

(219) 989-1235

Reach out to the committee with ideas or feedback by emailing



A dancer in Danzantes Aztecas performs at PNW's Hispanic Heritage Month

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

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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.


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Women’s History Month

Purdue University Northwest hosts a range of Women’s History Month events in March to recognize women and their accomplishments

SEE HOW We Celebrate

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

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, Assistant Director of Student Engagement
  • 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
  • Olivia McLeod, Graduate Student Assistant

News and Announcements

Logo: First Generation College Scholar Celebration. Gold logo on a black background

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.

Dancers in Danzantes Aztecas performs at PNW's Hispanic Heritage Month

PNW to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with series of events

Purdue University Northwest (PNW) will celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a variety of cultural and academic events that honor the rich history, diversity and culture of the Latino communities. The events will run Sept. 14 through Oct. 13.

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PNW’s ongoing diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice (DEIBJ) initiatives

Purdue University Northwest continually works to ensure a welcoming environment for all members of the university community. I am pleased to share these updates about initiatives and support for our diverse student body, faculty and staff, alumni and visitors.