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Addressing and enhancing a diverse and equitable Northwest

At Northwest, our mission is to focus on student success – every student, every day. As a part of that mission, we are building on the momentum, energy and passion of our community to uplift and enhance how we enact a diverse and inclusive culture. We are using a “Listen, Align, Act” process as we adopt an institution-wide inclusive excellence framework. Although we are making progress, there is much work to do. The work of cultivating an inclusive excellence environment is collective in nature and will be transformative intellectually, socially and personally. The Northwest Leadership Team remain committed to acting on the following issues.

  • Northwest opened a newly created Office of Diversity and Inclusion space that provides underrepresented students with a “home away from home” and supports diversity and inclusion staff in their work to create a more inclusive campus environment.
  • Through the Karen L. Daniel Legacy Fund, three scholarships have been awarded to help Black students in their pursuit of college degrees.
  • Northwest will continue work with students to evaluate policies and propose changes as appropriate. Northwest is in Phase II of its overall policy review, and each member of the Northwest Leadership Team is reviewing policies within their areas.
  • An Inclusive Excellence Action Plan is being created. The Inclusive Excellence Action Team, comprised of cross campus stakeholders, are meeting to create the action plan to guide Northwest as it aligns diversity and inclusion actions with the overall Northwest strategic plan. The Inclusive Excellence Action plan should be complete by the end of the spring semester.
  • Northwest is addressing the recruitment and retention of minority employees. Northwest has created an onboarding and hiring Green Team to develop a plan that addresses bias in the hiring process and attracts and retains diverse talent.