Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Davidson School of Chemical Engineering believes innovation is best driven by a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. We are therefore committed to fostering a stronger, more connected community and to providing an environment where every community member can reach their full potential. We also acknowledge that science and engineering have not traditionally been fully welcoming spaces for all. The School will build a future chemical engineering workforce that is representative and supportive of all backgrounds and identities.

Focus Areas in Chemical Engineering:

Communication: Ensure communication of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) efforts across the community within the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering (CHE).

Feedback: Facilitate and address feedback on DEI-related issues pertaining to CHE student/faculty/staff, as well as FRNY and its various spaces.

Engagement: Help coordinate various DEI-related events on behalf of CHE.

What programs and organizations are available to support me in my development as an engineer?

Purdue Engineering has numerous programs, organizations, and initiatives to support your development as an engineer. College of Engineering Diversity Initiatives include:

  • 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.

Student Diversity Organizations include:

  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES): AISES is the only professional society established by and for American Indian and Alaska Natives that specifically emphasizes lifelong learning and educational achievement by utilizing cultural aspects with STEM. AISES also supports early-, mid-, and executive-level professional development, mentoring, networking, community service, and awards programs and initiatives.
  • Latinos in Science and Engineering: Latinos in Science and Engineering provides a strong sense of community among all Latinos. The mission of this chapter is to promote, cultivate, and honor excellence in education and leadership among Latinos in STEM. The vision is a future where Latinos are leaders in the engineering and science world.
  • National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): Establishes a family environment and a learning community that encourages positive growth and stability, and is committed to strengthening the “Pipeline to Success,” continuing to reach back to middle and high school students and to reach out to alumni.
  • Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers: Leading, molding, and representing the Hispanic Community in the professional world while embracing the diversity of the Purdue community and providing an environment for personal and professional development and socializing.
  • Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE): The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) is dedicated to the advancement of Asian heritage scientists and engineers in education and employment so that they can achieve their full career potential in their respective careers. SASE provides cultural events to promote and celebrate diversity to prepare members for the global business world. SASE also engages in community service by offering opportunities for members to contribute to the local communities.
  • Society of Women Engineers: Empowers all through an inclusive, innovative, ever-expanding array of high quality programs that provide resources for all generations of women in technical fields.

Are there places I can go on campus?

How do we have difficult conversations?

People are often inexperienced at interacting with others who differ from them (e.g., based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, and many other characteristics), and they “naturally” flock to similar others. In addition, cultural stereotypes about many groups are learned and reinforced across our lifetimes. These stereotypes can influence people’s feelings and behaviors, and often in very subtle ways that escape our conscious awareness. This series of videos offers an easy on-ramp to engage in those discussions, using real-life situations found at Purdue.

Explore the Boiler Inclusion Project.

Read some quick tips on Inclusive Conversations from Purdue's Center for Healthy Living.

For more information, check out Purdue's website We Support Black Engineers to learn more about faculty perspective and their different stories. Purdue's Office of Institutional Equity offers a place to reach out with your diversity-related questions or concerns.