Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Aeronautics and Astronautics
We strive to create a place where everyone has the opportunity to excel. Resources related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are listed below.
- Making topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion a prime concern in the department
- Hosting listening sessions with Aeronautics and Astronautics students who identify with minority and underrepresented groups
- Responding to university communications, fostering discussion and reflection
- Holding faculty and staff conversations for implementation and continued improvement of processes to foster and improve diversity, inclusion, and equality, such that all students, staff, and faculty can thrive and attain their best potential
Additional resources, including scholarships, training and events, can be found at the College of Engineering DEI page.
We acknowledge Purdue University is located on the traditional homelands of the Woodland People. We honor and appreciate these indigenous caretakers which include the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Lenape (Delaware), Myaamia (Miami), and Shawnee People.
We at the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics are committed to promoting an inclusive environment that recruits, retains, and celebrates the diverse lived-experiences of our students, postdocs, faculty, and staff and to provide them opportunities and training to excel personally and professionally. As aeronautical engineers at Purdue, we are taking intentional steps to act against all forms of racism, sexism, ableism, xenophobia, transphobia, and other structures of oppression embedded in the fabric of our society. We are fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for students, postdocs, staff, and faculty from all underrepresented and underprivileged groups. We understand that equity is a long-term endeavor and affirm our commitment to sustainable efforts that improve the climate and cultural change within our academic institution.
We will actively strive to educate ourselves on the many different ways that systematic exclusion and inequalities present themselves, to recognize and eradicate exclusionary practices, to call out discrimination when we see it, to humbly learn from our missteps, and to commit to building a safe and equitable climate where our faculty, staff, and students can thrive. We commit to actively celebrating, learning from, promoting, and advocating for the diversity of races, religions, political alignment, colors, ages, national origins and ancestries, genetic backgrounds, marital and parental statuses, sexes and sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, disabilities, and socioeconomic and veteran statuses that individuals bring to our school. Our mission remains the same:
To be the premier source of scientific discoveries and of well-educated aeronautical engineers, fostering strong academic and industrial ties.
Faculty, Staff and Postdocs
Purdue has over 1000 student organizations and clubs to get engaged in from student government and volunteer organizations to club sports.
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
- Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
- LatinX Student Council
- Latinos in Science and Engineering
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
- National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP) at Purdue
- Purdue Student Veteran Association
- RIISE (Reintenting the Interface of Inclusivity, Sports and Enginering)
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
- The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists (MAES)
- Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
- Society of Women Engineers
- Student AIAA
- Women in Aerospace
University-Wide Offices for Inclusion and Success
- Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging
- Black Cultural Center
- Latino Cultural Center
- Native American Educational and Cultural Center
- Asian American and Asian Resource Cultural Center
- LGBTQ Center
- International Programs support for international students and scholars
- Recreation and Wellness programs including intramural sports, youth and family programs
- Accessibility Resources — removing barriers that prevent equal opportunities to individuals who have disabilities including Campus Accessibility Guide with map and details of accessibility of each building with wheelchair accessible restrooms, ramps and elevators
- Spiritual Life at Purdue University: Affiliated Campus Groups
College of Engineering Offices for Inclusion and Success
- Minority Engineering Program — Established in 1974, our programs have been nationally recognized and replicated to advance engineering learning, discovery, and engagement in fulfillment of the Land Grant promise through outreach, recruitment, and retention of historically underrepresented students in their pursuit to become extraordinary Purdue engineers.
- Women in Engineering Program — From mentoring to career development, WIEP continually encourages current and future women engineering students by providing interesting and engaging programming relevant to their lives. WIEP programs are a place to learn, discover, and explore aspects of engineering and connect with others who are also interested. They are a place of encouragement, support, and positive perspectives for those who are interested in following their dreams by pursuing an engineering degree.
- Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Advancement Leadership in Engineering (IDEAL Engineering) — The former Diversity Action Committee was reconstituted as IDEAL to seek out inclusion, diversity, and equity advancement opportunities across CoE students, staff, and faculty. It also researches best practices and policies and proposes practical recommendations for action to the Engineering Leadership Team.
Faculty and Staff
- ADVANCE-Purdue and the Center for Faculty Success
- Susan Bulkeley Butler Center for Leadership Excellence
- Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff
- Latino Faculty and Staff Association (LaFaSA)
- College of Engineering Concierge program — Campus information, dual career, relocation, visa assistance
- Purdue Faculty Association (PFA)
- University-wide anonymous reporting hotline and phone number (1-866-818-2620) to report unethical or illegal behavior, or misconduct.
- Office of the Graduate School Ombuds — informal, neutral, and confidential (within limits of university policy) resource for graduate students and provides advice, referrals and offers options for students.
- Faculty Ombudsperson — provides confidential, informal, and impartial, and independent advice and assistance with the informal resolution of faculty concerns at the University level
- Student Legal Services — free information for undergraduate, graduate and professional students regarding a variety of legal issues including renter-landlord issues, criminal and small claims, notary services, family law, power of attorney, alcohol issues, and other matters.
- College of Engineering - Graduate Student Anonymous Reporting Tool — provides anonymous feedback to the CoE
- Weldon School Conflict Resolution Support for Graduate Students — flow chart for conflict resolution
- In the event of an emergency, call 911 on campus, or call PUPD main phone number. The Purdue Crisis Intervention Team are accessed through dialing 911 (on West Lafayette campus only).
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) — SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline — call 800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 — is available 24/7 with crisis counseling and other support for people who are going through emotional distress from a disaster, including infectious disease outbreaks. Spanish speakers text Hablanos to 66746. See the online brochure (PDF) here.
- Crisis Text Line — Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor. The Crisis Text Line connects you to a live, trained volunteer who can provide support — medical advice is not provided.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — call 800-273-TALK (8255) — The Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support.
- If concerned about the immediate safety of a student, call 765-494-8221 for Purdue University Police Department to conduct a ‘Welfare Check’ (they will go around to a student’s residence to make sure they are OK).
Student Enrollment in Aeronautics & Astronautics at Purdue
Preliminary figures, Fall 2022
- 1674 total students; 1077 undergraduates, 597 graduates
- 1388 male students (82.9%), 286 female students (17.1%)
- 148 underrepresented minority students (8.8%)
- 296 International students (17.7%)
Aerospace Engineers Overall
Most recent figures (2019) from datausa.io.
- 135,424 aerospace engineers in the U.S.
- 87.6% male, 12.4% female
- 61.3% White (non-Hispanic), 12.3% Black, 11.5% White (Hispanic), 6.3% Asian
- Family Friendly resources for families including Family Friendly brochure (PDF) with quick links to various services including on campus childcare, off-campus childcare, work arrangements and paid and unpaid leave policies, dealing with loss, autism resources, financial support for childcare, lactation information for student parents, greater Lafayette area summer camps
- Graduate Parent Support Network (GPSn) supports Purdue’s graduate students with families
- Purdue’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is available for consultation from 8am - 5pm. Please call 765-494-6995 to speak with a clinician.
- WellTrack is an online tool to assist students struggling with feelings of anxiety, depression, stress.
- Office of Graduate Assistance (OGA) is available to meet with graduate students and postdocs to provide impartial, independent, and informal assistance. Requests can be sent via email@example.com or through the Office of Graduate Assistance Request for Assistance Form.
- The Office of the Dean of Students remains available to assist students during normal office hours (8am-5pm, M-F). No appointment is necessary. You can reach the Office of the Dean of Students by phone at 765-494-1747 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of the Dean of Students is also available for drop-in appointments if you do not have the ability to communicate by phone or email.
- Health and Wellness Resources
Faculty, Staff and Postdocs
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) — confidential professional on-site counseling
- Center for Healthy Living — available for faculty staff, retirees, and their family members 8 weeks and older including J-1 Visa plan participants. Services to treat common illnesses, manage chronic conditions, provide preventive care and promote overall health.
- IU Health Arnett Hospital Emergency Medicine, 5165 McCarty Ln, Lafayette, IN. Phone: (765) 448-8000
- St. Francis Emergency Room, 1701 S Creasy Ln, Lafayette, IN. Phone: (765) 502-4000
- Franciscan ExpressCare West Lafayette, 909 Sagamore Parkway West, West Lafayette, IN. Phone: (765) 463-6262
- Sycamore Springs, 833 Park E. Blvd., Lafayette, IN. Phone: (765) 743-4400
- River Bend Hospital, 2900 N. River Rd, West Lafayette, IN. Phone: (765) 464-0400
Online Mental Health Resources
- Be Well Indiana — these are resources available to all people living in Indiana
- NIH OITE is also concentrating heavily on wellness. They have offered workshops, small group discussions etc. Most of the workshops have been recorded so if you have missed them you can still have access to the information.
- National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) — the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization — educates, advocates, listens and leads to help build better lives for those affected by mental illness. NAMI Helpline can be reached at 800-950-NAMI (6264), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or email email@example.com. Crisis Text Line can be reached by texting “NAMI” to 741741 – 24/7-crisis support via text message.
- Mental Health America (MHA) — the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness. The Crisis Center Hotline can be reached via 765-742-0244 (call or text) or toll-free at 877-419-1632 for any problem at any time.
- Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) — SPRC has compiled a set of resources specific to helping mental health and COVID-19.
- Parent / Caregiver Guide to Helping Families Cope – COVID-19 (PDF)
- USA Mental Health First Aid — Compilation of tips from the Mental Health First Aid curriculum to help you care for your own and your loved one’s mental health.
- Supporting Families During COVID-19 — Child Mind Institute
- AIAA Diversity and Inclusion
- IEEE Diversity and Inclusion
- IEEE Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (IEEE-AESS)
Undergraduate Scholarships and Funding
Undergraduate Research Funding
- Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)
- Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internships (DURI)
- Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF)
- Honors Research
- Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Scholarship
- Luis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP)
Graduate and Postdoc Trainees
- Office of Professional Development — including workshops competitions and internships as well as resources to create individual development plans
- Office of Postdoctoral Studies — including new postdoc orientation, social, and professional development
Faculty and Staff
- Office of Institutional Equity — Reporting sexual harassment (including sexual violence or sexual exploitation), relationship violence, or stalking
- Center for Advocacy, Response and Education (CARE) — provides confidential options and resources related to sexual harassment (including sexual violence or sexual exploitation), relationship violence, or stalking, is available through CARE website and by calling 765-495-2273 any time of the day or night.
- Office of the Dean or Students (ODOS) — ODOS provides resources and support for students Center for Advocacy, Response and Education, Counseling and Psychological Services, Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life, Off-Campus Housing, Parent & Family Connections, Student Health Services, Student Legal Services, and Student Rights and Responsibilities. These include helping students with withdrawals after drop/add deadline or if they are planning on withdrawing from registering from classes for an extended period of time. If student is struggling even after accommodations from the Disability Resource Center, ODOS can provide a student support specialist.
- Disability Resource Center (DRC) — Students can set up accommodations with DRC before or during the semester. A DRC support specialist is assigned to each student and will discuss the student’s specific needs/ advice regarding courses and research.
- Student of concern report can be used by faculty, staff, graduate assistances and others to send information to the Office of the Dean of students to aid a struggling student.
- Purdue University Student Health (PUSH)
- Vice Provost for Student Life — including housing, activities, programs and leadership
- Horizons Student Support Services supporting first-generation college students, those with disabilities, and low-income individuals
- Purdue Promise — financial support, and coaching, college transition assistance for 21st Century Scholars who’s total family income is less than $50,000 per year
- Veterans Success Center — empowering veterans and military students with guidance and access to education benefits and opportunities for personal and professional development
Graduate Students and Postdocs
- Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) — academic, professional, and personal development for PhD students committed to diversity in STEM (science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields)
- Graduate Diversity Visitation Program (GDVP) — opportunity to visit Purdue virtually and network with current students and faculty
- Purdue Graduate Bridge Program — funded summer research and mentoring providing advanced preparation for incoming graduate students
- Graduate School Workshops series include resources for Grad Students and Postdocs including Budgeting, Interviewing, Postdoc Orientation, Responsible Conduct of Research, LinkedIn, Fellowship applications, Taxes
- Graduate Parent Support Network (GPSn) supports Purdue’s graduate students with families
- Services for Success has a list of Graduate Student Life Organizations, Diversity and Cultural Resources and Health and Wellness activities (Group X, Personal training, etc…).
- ACE Campus Food Pantry is open to all faculty, students and staff with a Purdue ID
- Emergency loans are available through Student Support Services for financial assistance
- QPR Suicide Prevention training — a 2-hour free training for faculty, students, and staff to learn how to recognize the warning signs for suicide and assist those in need
Guides and More from Purdue
- Purdue Libraries: Books, videos, datasets and more
- Purdue Libraries: Black Lives Matter Guide
- LGBTQ Center Rainbow Callout Books List
- Purdue HR Family Friendly brochure (PDF)
Watch, read and listen - External resources
"The systemic problem with racism in the United States is not something that started this year or last year or 10 years ago ... This is what our nation was founded on."
Black voices within the aerospace community explain what it’s like to be in the space world during a time when the nation is focused on injustice and systemic racism.
An interview with "Hidden Figures" author Margot Lee Shetterly.
The result of a project in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan
This series of Courageous Conversations attempts to address these issues head-on, and begin to develop short- and longer-term solutions to eliminating racial injustice within the aerospace industry and in the communities where we live and work. Through ideas, questions, and thoughts, we join forces to create change.
Dr. Mamon Powers, Jr. (Purdue BSCE '70 and HDR '14) delivered this keynote lecture as part of our First Step event on February 26, 2019. This event honored the legacy and significance of David Robert Lewis (BSCE 1894), Purdue University's first black graduate.
A self test that might highlight implicit biases.