Inside Athletics : Diversity Plan

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As described in the Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Strategic Plan, PNW is committed to promoting a university climate that is welcoming and diverse in which all individuals experience being a valued member of the community. Similarities and differences are accepted and respected. Our communication is collaborative and collegial. PNW inclusivity and diversity objectives are as follows:

  • Promote a culture of diversity and inclusivity.
  • Review current organizational structures and roles and restructure, as needed, to support diversity and inclusion in all areas. Establish necessary infrastructure to continue to evolve and further develop as a diverse and inclusive University.
  • Recruit and retain a diverse faculty.
  • Engage students in creating and supporting an inclusive environment through targeted outreach that incorporates learning and experiences. Celebrate different cultures and ethnicities creatively through a wide range of events and programs that educate.
  • Ensure that the campus, services, communication channels and tools are accessible for students, faculty, staff and the community.

Department of Intercollegiate Athletics Diversity Statement:

The Purdue University Northwest Intercollegiate Athletics program is committed to providing equal opportunity and an educational and work environment for its student-athletes, coaches and staff free from any discrimination based on gender, gender identity or gender expression, race, ethnicity, national origin or ancestry, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, parental status, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or veteran status. To thrive as an athletics program, we believe we must foster a learning and working environment that encourages multiple perspectives and the free exchange of ideas in an unbiased and non-prejudicial way. Diversity in the student-athlete body and staff is an important component in providing a quality athletics and academic experience. Diversity enriches the department by encouraging dialogues between people with different experiences, beliefs and perspectives. In order to foster a climate that has a place for each person, the Purdue University Northwest Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) provides diversity training for students, faculty and staff on a periodic basis.


The Athletic Department has developed a Diversity Plan for Athletics and will continue working to ensure compliance with its commitment to diversity and increase awareness of the plan and its goals.

  1. Institutional and Athletic Department Commitment: Athletic Department has developed a Diversity Plan for Athletics and will continue to ensure compliance with its commitment to diversity and increase awareness of the plan and its goals.
  2. Enrollment and Assessment: Athletic Department will continue to pursue the recruitment of diverse student-athletes and work with the Office of Institutional Research, Enrollment Services, and Student Services to assess athletics related diversity data to ensure our continual commitment to diversity.
  3. Organization and Structure: Athletic Department will continue to observe and evaluate its organization and structure annually with an emphasis on encouraging and ensuring diversity.
  4. Participation in Governance and Decision-Making: Continue to maintain and increase involvement of diverse staff and student athletes in decision making and leadership roles.
  5. Employment Opportunities: Maintain the number of diverse Athletic Department staff and make new hiring decisions with the Athletic Department’s commitment to diversity in mind.
  6. Programs and Activities: Maintain and strengthen support for student athletes from diverse populations.