Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

2023-24 Inclusive Leadership Speaker Series

For information about the speaker series, please visit this page.

Equity Vision Statement

The faculty, staff and community partners of Northwood Tech commit to identifying and addressing inequities through purposeful data use and intentional planning of policies, procedures, professional learning and continuous improvement actions to ensure every individual receives what they need to develop their full academic and economic potential.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion logo

Northwood Tech Goals for Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity

View the Five-Year Affirmative Action Plan 2019-2024

View the 2023 Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Plan Annual Update

  1. Emphasize an educational and work environment that reflects, appreciates and celebrates a diverse society.
  2. Ensure a climate for the success of employees and students by appreciating the uniqueness he/she brings to the College.
  3. Balance individual occupational program enrollment percentages for students by race, sex and disability percentages with the general population.
  4. Assure non‐discrimination in career planning, counseling and placement services for students.
  5. Analyze and address employment of staff at the College to match availability percentages for race, sex and disability categories in the general population of the District.
  6. Create additional outreach to individuals with military service and veteran status.
  7. Program specific goals will be met to respond to identified protected/underserved populations that exist within the Northwood Tech District to address student and employee recruitment and retention.

A collegewide Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Team has been assembled and meets regularly to make continuous progress toward these goals. The entire Wisconsin Technical College System is dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion effort. View the WTCS Commitment to Progress here


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Northwood Tech

So much is happening in the world of diversity, equity and inclusion at Northwood Tech. The College's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team, formed in 2018, meets regularly and focuses on progressing the goals of the College's Affirmative Action Plan and other initiatives. Some highlights of the team's efforts include professional development guides and trainings, creation of the DEI webpage to provide resources and topical information, the Equity Vision Statement, the implementation of Privacy Rooms on campus and much more. Check out the resources below to learn more about what the College is up to in diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources


On Campus Resources

Pregnant Students and Employees

Northwood Tech is here to support you and help you complete your education! Title IX provides students who are pregnant or experience a false pregnancy, have a child or adopt a child, terminate a pregnancy or have a miscarriage with special services as it provides to students with other temporary conditions. As a student with one of these conditions, you have the right to:

  • Not be told to drop out or change education plans
  • Be provided a comfortable space to pump milk
  • Be excused from class due to pregnancy-related appointments (pre-natal, give birth, have an abortion or be on doctor-ordered bed rest)
  • Not have excused absences count against your grades
  • Be provided the opportunity to make up missed work from excused absences
  • Not be harassed as the result of pregnancy

Northwood Tech has designated private rooms for personal use, including lactation (breast pumping). See the section below on Privacy Rooms for more information.

New Federal Laws Expand Rights for Pregnant and Nursing Employees 

Office for Civil Rights Pregnancy Resource

Supporting the Academic Success of Pregnant and Parenting Students

Visit our Accommodation Support Services page to learn more.  

Privacy Rooms

Privacy Rooms may be used for lactation/breastfeeding, minor medical administration (e.g. insulin shots), stretching, meditation, prayer, or simply as a quiet space for those who need to rest and recharge. 

  • Ashland Campus: Room 309
  • New Richmond Campus: Library, Room 1304J (If Library is closed, see Student Services for access)

  • Rice Lake Campus: College Health Nurse Office, Room 106C (If College Health Nurse office is closed, see Student Services for access)
  • Shell Lake Health Education Center: Room 213
  • Superior Campus: Student Services, Room 103I

Example of Privacy Room (Rice Lake Campus)

Single Stall Bathrooms Locations

  • Ashland Campus: Rooms 214 & 215 (adjacent to Nurse's office), Room 433 (Health wing)
  • New Richmond Campus: Room R004 (near Nurse's office), Rooms R011 & R012 (Business area), Rooms R013 & R014 (Vet Tech area)
  • Rice Lake Campus: Outside the HUB (adjacent to Room 152)
  • Superior Campus: First floor, near 21st Street entrance

Common Language

  • Diversity
    • Defined at Northwood Tech as individual values, personal interests, personalities, learning styles, neuro-functioning, and life experiences; group and social differences such as race, ethnicity, social and economic class, gender identity, immigration status, sexual orientation, country/region of origin, and ability; and political, religious, spiritual, age, or other cultural values and affiliations.

  • Equity
    • Defined as meeting all individuals within the College community where they are and removing barriers to success.

  • Inclusion

    • The practice of ensuring that students, faculty and staff belong and are incorporated as valued members of the College community.

  • Majority

    • A group that holds social power, prestige, privilege or status.
    • A group that controls sectors of social life, including access to education, jobs and so on.
    • Does not imply numerical value.
  • Minority
    • Group(s) not equal in social power, prestige, privilege, or status.
    • Societal opportunities are not equal to those from the majority group.
    • Does not imply numerical value.
  • Underrepresented
    • Refers to a group or groups whose limited representation places them at a disadvantage and affects their ability to achieve at the same rate and level as the mainstream population. Underrepresented groups are defined in the context of the College’s overall population, or in the context of a specific area of campus, such as an academic program or a department.

  • Multiculturalism

    • The existence, acceptance, or promotion of diverse cultures, identities, and experiences that are included in the College’s definition of diversity.

  • Cultural Intelligence

    • The capability to assess the varied attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and emotions of one’s self and others and to effectively communicate in situations characterized by diversity at the College.

  • Achievement Gap

    • The difference between the rate of achievement for underrepresented populations at Northwood Tech and a stated goal.

Take the Next Step

Are you ready to experience success? Northwood Tech staff are standing by to support you in reaching your educational and career goals, so do it. Take the leap.