Office of Inclusion & Diversity


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Diversity 2021-08-16T14:54:16+00:00

Dr. Michael T. Snowden

Dear Demon Family,

Welcome to Northwestern State University of Louisiana and home of the Demons.  We are excited that you have chosen to make an investment in your future with NSU.  The NSU campus is a microcosm of the world.  The Office of Inclusion and Diversity is committed to providing knowledge and perspective of what the world can be as you prepare for leadership. 

We value diversity.  We realize and recognize that we have visual and invisible differences.  We find beauty in that difference.  At NSU, we strive to provide equity.  Everyone has individual needs and in order to service you better we want to accommodate what you need.  Verna Myers stated, “Diversity is being invited to the party, but inclusion is being asked to dance”.  We love a good two step, so looked to be asked to dance as we learn, laugh, and examine how we can include you in what we do.

I have over twenty years of experience as a diversity practitioner.  I started as a coordinator and have worked up to the position of vice president.  I take my work seriously and have an unparalleled dedication to spreading the gospel of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  (DEI).  Please visit with me and the staff.  We welcome you and want you to know our door is open. I value our interaction and hope that is leads to a valued friendship.

Fork Em,

Michael T. Snowden

Vice President of Inclusion and Diversity

Dr. Marcus Jones

Northwestern State University is committed to advancing the principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its pursuits and endeavors.

The university strives to foster an environment in which all individuals are respected and valued for their different backgrounds, interests, experiences, and cultural and intellectual perspectives.

Esteem for every student, faculty and staff member and others in the university community and respect for their dignity regardless of dissimilarities are embedded in the institution’s mission, vision, and values.

Northwestern’s commitment to a diverse, welcoming climate on its campuses is reflected in the objectives of the university’s Center for Inclusion and Diversity and the emphasis on equity and inclusion in the institution’s strategic plan.

That plan includes initiatives for increased diversity of faculty, staff, administration, and student population, integration of diversity and inclusion throughout the academic curriculum and all events and activities, and assurances that diversity and inclusion are reflected in policies, procedures, budgeting and other areas of university operations.

Dr. Greg A. Handel

Welcome to Northwestern State University.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded in all that we do in Academic Affairs and Northwestern. We are particularly focused on conversations and dialogue with people who will contribute to and engage in our diverse community, as well as support Academic Affairs as we broaden our curricular offerings as part of our strategic framework.

We recognize and support an equitable and inclusive environment, and embrace the expression of culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. To that end, we strive to present opportunities for our University community to engage in dialogue, to respectfully challenge one another, to encourage intellectual curiosity, and to commit to advance our mission of providing a diverse, inclusive, and welcoming campus climate for students, faculty, and staff.


We welcome you to Northwestern—where our similarities and differences are valued and celebrated!


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