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.

 

Our Activities Include

  • 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.

Acknowledgement of Indigenous Caretakers

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.

Diversity Statement

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.

 
  • In the event of an emergency, call 911 on campus, or call PUPD main phone number. Purdue Police Department Crisis Intervention Team officers are accessed through dialing 911 (on West Lafayette campus only).
  • ProtoCall CAPS Crisis Line is available after business hours. Please call 765-494-6995, and press “1” to speak with a clinician.
  • 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
 
 

Purdue has over 1000 student organizations and clubs to get engaged in from student government and volunteer organizations to club sports.

University-Wide Offices for Inclusion and Success

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

West Lafayette

 

Students

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.

Greater Lafayette

  • 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

 
  • 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.
 

All Students

  • 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)

Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students and Postdocs

 
  • 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

On-campus Life

 

Guides and More from Purdue

Watch, read and listen - External resources

Charles Bolden, NASA's first Black administrator, speaks out on systemic racism - Space.com

"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."​

A Rocket Launch Can't Unite Us Until the Space World Acknowledges our Divisions - The Verge

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.

The Untold Story of the Space Race - NSBE and Boeing​ Panel

An interview with "Hidden Figures" author Margot Lee Shetterly.

Six Diversity Myths​ - University of Michigan

The result of a project in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan​

An Aerospace Industry Town Hall on Race in America - Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals

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.​

The Path is the Same, But the Journey is Different - Purdue Lyles School of Civil Engineering​

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.​

Project Implicit - Harvard University

A self test that might highlight implicit biases​.