Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering Diversity Statement
We at the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering 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 biomedical 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 biomedical engineers, fostering strong academic, industrial, and clinical ties, and achieving significant healthcare impact.
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.
Our Diversity, Inclusion and Equity (DEI) Initiatives include:
- Partner with experts in DEI to implement DEI coaching as a key component of onboarding and ongoing training of all faculty, staff, and students
- Collect, analyze and report school-level diversity representation data (Diversity Index Report) for faculty, staff, and students along with results of school-wide DEI climate surveys to implement continuous improvement
- Develop departmental level scholarships and fellowships through fundraising and grant support to recruit cohorts of diverse, underrepresented Biomedical Engineering masters, PhD, postdoc and faculty
- Codify our partnerships with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Veterans services to recruit, train, and support graduate students from these institutions
- Act as a school-level ombuds and advocacy resource for DEI issues and efforts
- Host recurring Town Hall meetings to increase transparency of our DEI efforts and to listen to, learn from, and amplify the voices of our students, postdocs, staff, and faculty who chose to share their live experiences at Purdue and in BME
- Promote DEI considerations during all faculty and staff hiring