Diversity and a Learning Community

Mark HecklerValparaiso University is a learning community where students are encouraged to question, to engage, to challenge, to explore, and ultimately, to embark on a rewarding personal and professional journey. This can be done only in an environment where diversity is honored and respected. Diversity of thought. Diversity of background. Diversity of faith.

Diversity brings the world to our doorstep at a time when preparing the citizens of the world is more important than ever. As an independent Lutheran university, it is vitally important that we continue to foster an environment noted for its inclusiveness. Here, all voices are heard. We believe that our community gains by listening, learning, and finally leading from a foundation of knowledge about one another—those things which we discover we have in common, and those things that may be unique to each one of us. This is why diversity is integral to the objectives of Valparaiso University’s Strategic Plan, which will guide us over the next two decades.

I invite all members of the University’s community to join me in embracing the opportunities offered by living in a diverse community of learning. We have so much to gain. By recognizing and celebrating both our differences and similarities, we become a stronger, more unified community, grounded in our shared values. Together, we travel farther faster in our common pursuit of truth.

Mark A. Heckler, PhD
Valparaiso University


Annual Award
Students, submit your work for one of two prizes to honor excellence in the areas of Gender Studies and Race and Ethnic Studies.
Diversity Workshop
Request the Diversity Workshop, "Building a Culture of Equity and Inclusion," for your department, team, or class by using this request form or contact Carlos Miguel-Pueyo at 464-5398 for more information.

Bias Incident Report

Hotline: 219.464.6400

Bias Incident Report Form This form is to report non-emergency bias incidents towards students. In case of emergency, please call 911. A bias incident is "an act against a person or property that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender's bias against race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or religion."

Contact Information

Dr. Phillip Powell
Chief Diversity Officer
Special Assistant to the Provost for Inclusion

Liz Wuerffel
Diversity Concerns Committee Chair
Assistant Professor of Art