Diversity Resources

Purdue University College of Engineering acknowledges that we are located in 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.

B-Xcellent Podcast

B-Xcellent Podcasting brings insight to young black professionals seeking academic success by discussing the journey of various black professionals. This podcast started in 2023 at Purdue University in the College of Engineering.

Multicultural Engagement for Researchers & Grads in Engineering (MERGE) Lunches

The goal of the Multicultural Engagement for Researchers & Grads in Engineering (MERGE) Lunches is to bring together engineering graduate students and postdocs who want to help create an inclusive space where people who identify as a minority in engineering can build community and excel. The program is open to all engineering graduate students and postdocs. Check out the current student events page (click the link above) for dates during the semester.

Grad School Thriving

Purdue Engineering partnered with Virginia Tech, Ohio State, University of Oklahoma, and the National Academy of Engineering to develop GradSchoolThriving.com. This website is a collection of FREE resources and insider tips that aim to support the success of diverse graduate students. You don’t know what you don’t know… so let us help you explore information that will help you thrive in your graduate studies.

We Support Black Engineers Campaign

The We Support Black Engineers Campaign was curated to celebrate and show support for Purdue’s College of Engineering Black students, faculty, staff and alumni. This campaign pays homage to the Civil Rights Movement and to the historical I AM A MAN imagery birthed from the Memphis Sanitation Strike of 1968. It also acknowledges modern day racial injustice towards historically underrepresented populations, especially members of the Black community.

Minority Engineering Program

Located on the first floor of Neil Armstrong Hall, the Minority Engineering Program offers services and information to all students, especially those from historically under-represented groups, namely African American, Hispanic American, and Native American.

Women in Engineering

Greater Lafayette SWE Chapter

Make your mark. Be part of the nation’s first Women In Engineering! Purdue University’s Women in Engineering (WIE) helps women and girls discover their inner engineer. From mentoring to career development, WIE continually encourages current and future women engineering students by providing interesting and engaging programming relevant to their lives. WIE programs are a place to learn, discover, and explore aspects of engineering and connect with others who are also interested. The Graduate Women in Engineering Network (GWEN) also works with the WIE program. GWEN strives to empower and connect women engineering graduate students. You can find more information about GWEN here.

Purdue University Cultural Centers

The Native American Educational and Cultural Center, Latino Cultural Center, Black Cultural Center, and Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center provide resources, events, and services to the entire community.

LGBTQ+ Center

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center provides programming that engages the entire Purdue campus and community on LGBTQ issues through events, lecture series, and support of a discrimination-free environment.

Purdue Employee Pride

An employee organization established in 2018 by and for LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and graduate students. Learn about upcoming events and resources.

Diversity-focused Student Organizations

Numerous student organizations, whether specifically for graduate students or blending undergraduate and graduate students, celebrate a wide range of cultures, ethnicities, and more. Search the database of all student organizations to find organizations of interest to you.

Sloan Foundation Indigenous Graduate Partnership

Purdue is proud to be a leading partner with the Sloan Foundation Indigenous Graduate Partnership, one of only 7 universities across the United States. This program provides funding for outstanding American Indian and Alaska Native students who are pursuing research-based masters and PhD degrees

Purdue Graduate School Office of Graduate Diversity Initiatives

Learn about programs and opportunities with the Graduate School.

Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging (ODIB)

Learn about upcoming campus-wide events and link to resources of interest.

Alma Mater Technical Talk Program

Give a technical talk about your research to undergraduate students at your Alma Mater. The current focus is on supporting graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to return to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Receive $1,000 to support your travel to visit your undergraduate institution, faculty and students to share your Purdue research and academic journey! Questions can be addressed to ogdi@purdue.edu.