Diversity Resources

A guide for prospective and current students, faculty and staff to some of the resources the College of Engineering and Purdue University have to offer.

Embracing and celebrating diversity is important to all members of the Purdue Engineering community. That's why we created this Diversity Resources page — with information and links that matter to you. You can also see for yourself why we're a national leader when it comes to diversity in engineering.

Diversity isn't limited to cultural, ethnic, gender differences... it also includes socio-economic, learning, family and any other differences; differences that we all have. The College of Engineering embraces our differences as strengths. We see diversity as a promoter of greater creativity and innovation.

We work hard to support everyone within the college. Our approach is contemporary, not traditional. It has involved dynamic changes for curriculum, the creation of supportive programs, and changes in college policy.

Purdue Engineering Purdue University
Engineering Programs for Pre-College University Diversity Offices
Engineering Programs for Prospective Students University Diversity Centers
Engineering Programs for Students University Diversity Resources
Engineering Diversity Initiatives University Diversity Student Organizations
Engineering Student Diversity Organizations University Diversity Studies
Engineering Faculty and Staff Specific Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards

Purdue Engineering

Engineering Programs for Pre-College

Summer Engineering Workshops
Reaches out to high-potential, well-disciplined, 6, 7, and 8 th grade underrepresented students of color in Indiana and several cities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico; expands participants' appreciation for enrolling in math and science courses during their secondary school years; shows importance of earning and maintaining excellent grades in all subjects; helps them begin developing a life plan; while making new friends and having fun.

Pre-Freshman and Cooperative Education (PREFACE)
Gives students completing their freshman and sophomore year in high school an opportunity to "try out" engineering for a week during the summer on the Purdue main campus.

Engineering Programs for Prospective Students

Multiethnic Introduction to Engineering (MITE)
Provides high school juniors identified through the College Entrance Examination Board and selected on the basis of their PSAT scores, high school grades, and expressed fields of interest with the unique opportunity to meet and interact with other students having similar interests and goals as they learn about engineering in the College of Engineering at Purdue University.

Purdue's Recruitment of Multi-Ethnic Students Interested in the Schools of Engineering (PROMISE) is targeted at talented juniors and seniors who are identified through a variety of sources. These sources include the Target Cities Luncheons, MEP's network of teachers, counselors and students, and applicants who were unable to attend the MEP pre-college summer programs.

Seminar for Top Engineering Prospects (STEP)
Tours, demonstrations, classroom experiences, and projects give high school students the opportunity to explore engineering disciplines while enjoying a one-week preview of the college experience.

Engineering Programs for Students

Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)
EPICS is a unique program in which teams of undergraduates design, build, and deploy real systems to solve engineering-based problems for local community service and education organizations. Students begin to realize the full range of diverse considerations that engineers must account for; and they see that engineers don't simply sit in isolation at a computer and arrive at a preordained answer.

First-Year Engineering Honors Program
The Honors Program offers highly motivated, academically talented students with a broader, more enriched academic experience during the first year of college.

Learning Communities
Learning Communities enable first-year engineering students to be a part of a small-sized study collective. In addition to attending 2-4 of the same course divisions, students apply their classroom learning to out-of-class co-curricular activities. These types of communities have been shown to increase student learning and success.

Minority Engineering Program
Assists students in selecting the appropriate engineering discipline or disciplines, securing financial support and employment, and ensures that each student has every opportunity to earn an engineering degree.

Women in Engineering Program
Provides students with resources and opportunities to interact with successful alumnae and build friendships and networks that will enhance their student life experience and knowledge about the engineering profession.

Engineering Student Diversity Organizations

LGBTQ at Purdue
A self-governing regional group affiliate of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals, Inc. (NOGLSTP). Encourages and promotes an environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) students, faculty, staff, and their partners at Purdue (especially in the Colleges of Engineering, Science, and Technology) that is supportive and inclusive and free from discrimination and bias.

National Society of Black Engineers
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 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.

Engineering Faculty and Staff Specific

Academic Procedures

Children's Programs
Fulfills a need in the community for child care by providing child development practicum and student-teaching experiences for students while supporting child development research.

Employee Benefits
Provides Purdue benefits information for faculty and staff members.

Faculty and Staff Handbook
Gives current, new, and prospective staff members a convenient guide to useful information about the University and its policies, the use of various facilities and services, staff duties, and responsibilities as residents of Indiana.

Family and Medical Leave Policy (FMLA)
Provides that family and medical leave is available for most regular staff who have worked for the University for at least 12 months.

Stop the Tenure Clock Policy
Ensures consistency and fairness in tenure policy, establishing guidelines for granting time-off from tenure probationary periods; conditions include, but are not necessarily restricted to, severe illness, disability, child bearing, or dependent care.

University Regulations

Purdue University

University Diversity Offices

Affirmative Action Office
Promotes human and intellectual diversity by providing equal access and opportunity through fostering an inclusive environment for all members of the University community, and develops and directs the affirmative action program for the campus.  

Diversity Resource Office
Encourages, develops, administers, and assesses programs and activities that foster a climate within Purdue that celebrates the diversity of all members of our university community. Also provides advocacy and support for individuals from racial, ethnic, religious, and social groups that have been historically underrepresented in institutions of higher education.

Office of International Programs
Dedicates itself to the development of educational opportunities, research, and other services essential to Purdue's ability to perform its land-grant-university mission in the context of the global environment of the 21st century.

Office of the Dean of Students: Disability Resource Center, HORIZONS, etc.
Provides services and programs that enable and encourage students to achieve success in their intellectual and personal development at Purdue and elsewhere.

Office of the Vice President for Human Relations
Enhances the quality of life for students, faculty and staff through the development and implementation of policies and programs that assure equal access and equal opportunity for all and improve the climate for diversity, equity, and educational and professional growth for all members of the University community.

Women's Resource Office
Is responsible for improving the campus climate for women and developing and implementing programs that address women's issues and gender-related concerns.

Wellness Services
Provides links to a number of physical and mental health services to its students, staff, employees, and retirees. Some of these services are also available to the community at-large.

University Diversity Centers

Black Cultural Center
Serves as a catalyst for a host of cultural, educational, artistic, social, and technological initiatives; provides an environment that fosters cross-cultural exchanges and noteworthy research, as well as artistic expression through music, dance, drama and creative writing.

Latino Cultural Center

Serves as a place for students, faculty and staff members to gather, learn, share, and support Latino cultures; hosts a variety of educational and social events throughout the year; assists in Latino students' academic success; and is open to the community. ¡Todos Son Bienvenidos! All are welcome!

Native American Educational and Cultural Center

Purdue's Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC) is your home away from home, providing resources and support for all tribal nations.

Queer Resource Center
Serves as a social network and resource center for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and trans-gendered graduate, undergraduate, and non-traditional students; and is maintained by the Queer Student Union.

University Diversity Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
Committed to helping students benefit from their college experience by providing for students counselors and psychologists in a supportive atmosphere to aid self-understanding and the resolution of personal issues.

Graduate School Diversity
Committed to helping meet the national need for increasing the number of master's and doctoral degrees awarded to all students, including underrepresented groups. Find out information about diversity within the Graduate School.

Is a federally funded program whose goal is to improve the retention and graduation rates of Purdue students. It provides counseling, tutoring, basic-skills training, and special workshops for first-generation college students, income-eligible students, and students with disabilities. Approximately 360 students, first-year through senior, participate in HORIZONS.

International Students and Scholars
Provides appropriate services and support to international clientele and various university departments and offices; seeks to enhance the academic, cultural, and social pursuits of students and scholars from abroad through knowledge and expertise in admissions, immigration, advising, and cross-cultural programming.

Study Abroad
Offers over 200 programs in 45+ countries ranging in length from one week to one year. Students who study abroad develop maturity and independence, expand their knowledge of the world, and increase their sensitivity to other cultures, which is important for engineers who often work with teams that include people form around the world.

University Regulations

University Diversity Student Organizations

Is a group of Purdue students interested in creating a more diverse campus. They meet and speak with high school students to answer questions about campus life, living in University Residences, academic resources, getting involved on campus, and much more. You can contact a PDO student via e-mail at purduediversityorganization@purdue.edu .

Purdue Student Union Board
A non-exclusionary organization with no membership fees. Find out about their concerts, cultural events, and other activities put on for the entire community, and how to join.

Student Activities & Organizations
Information about how to join a student organization, Greek or cooperative house, and how to start an organization, events, news, policies, and resources.

Student Organizations Listing and Directory
Lists alphabetically and topically the numerous international, ethnic, and multicultural student groups at Purdue, Greek and cooperative houses, plus contact information.

University Diversity Studies

African American Studies and Research Center
Is an interdisciplinary program offering an undergraduate major and minor. The major focuses on the experience of African Americans and their connections to the African Diaspora in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Scholarships, Fellowships, Awards

Purdue Division of Financial Aid

Purdue Latino Cultural Center

Purdue Minority Engineering Program

Purdue Office of International Programs

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

College Board Scholarship Search

NAMEPA – National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program

National Institutes of Health

National Society of Black Engineers

Sloan Minority PhD Program

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers