Thomas Keon has been nationally recognized for his commitment to diversity and inclusion. He is chancellor-designate of Purdue University Northwest and chancellor of Purdue University Calumet. Keon is among 27 heads of colleges and universities to receive INSIGHT into Diversity magazine’s Giving Back Award. He is the only award recipient from an Indiana institution. Keon, a first generation college graduate, was honored for being a champion of affordable education and programming that supports the needs, success and leadership of students from disadvantaged communities. Under his leadership, Purdue Calumet introduced “Brother 2 Brother,” a program geared to increasing retention and graduation rates of Hispanic and African-American male students. Purdue Calumet also provides programs for military veterans, students of LGBT orientation and leadership development for students of all populations.