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Bearcat Equity

promoting community civility for students, faculty and staff

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What is Bearcat Equity?

A channel for students, faculty, and staff to share concerns about inequality, any inequality, whether it's based on race, sex, religion, national origin, LGBTQ, gender identity, disability, age, veteran status, or your viewpoint or experience around any of these – any situation where you perceive, witness, or are directly impacted by a discriminatory message delivered by someone in our community because of who you are or how you think.

Why does Northwest care about knowing if something discriminatory happens to me?

Northwest Missouri State University is committed to improvement and leading by example. Your success is impacted by your sense of personal safety, whether you are a Northwest student, faculty, or staff. If you cannot freely and comfortably be yourself and who you are, your ability to do your very best may be affected. We need to know if bias or discrimination happens so the appropriate action can be put in place for positive change.

Northwest is also committed to freedom of expression where members of our community have a right to express their views, along with the right to disagreement.

What will happen if I share a situation about discrimination?

There will be an evaluation of the concern. The evaluation may lead to a conversation about options, including a formal investigation; it may trigger a review for additional training about a topic; it may require action by our University Police Department, Title IX-sexual harassment, or Accessibility and Accommodations; it may be an opportunity for additional Northwest metrics to show us where we need to do better; or it may simply have been the opportunity you needed to vent an issue you observed and identify the need for further discussion in the community.

What's the next step?

We want to hear from you. Your perceptions or concerns are important. We are listening! Use the online form to share your inequality concerns or experience.

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Disclaimer: The Bearcat Equity webpage and online form is not monitored 24/7.
If you are in imminent danger or need immediate action, please contact University Police at 660.562.1254 or call 911.

Thank you, BEARCATS, for helping all of us do better! We value EVERYONE in our Northwest community.