Diversity Initiatives


A peer-to-peer mentoring program for first-year students who are recipients of the Emerging Leader scholarship as well as other exceptional students who wish to be a part of this opportunity.

College and School Diversity Programs

Contact information for diversity initiatives and multicultural programs across Colleges and Schools at Purdue university.

Democracy, Civility, and Freedom of Expression Student Essay Prize

Open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled and in good standing at Purdue University. At each of the Democracy, Civility, and Freedom of Expression events, Dr. John Gates, Vice Provost for Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, will recognize student awardees on stage, providing each winner with a certificate and a $1,000 award.

Diversity Transformation Award

The Diversity Transformation Award (DTA) program is a new initiative funded by the Office of the Provost, with the goals of enhancing campus diversity by increasing the enrollment and success of students from underrepresented minority populations, increasing the representation of underrepresented minorities within the faculty ranks, and leveraging the research talent on campus to create a nationally recognized center of activity in studying factors affecting inclusiveness and success of underrepresented minority (URM) students and faculty.

Diversity Spotlight

Watch this space for updates on people, activities and initiatives that enrich our campus and our lives.

DTA Resources

This DTA, called the Boiler Inclusion Project, draws from the empirical literature related to intergroup relations, diversity, inclusion and belonging to build a program intended to set in motion a range of positive intergroup behaviors. Creating a more inclusive and inter-culturally competent climate will benefit Purdue Boilermakers during their on-campus experiences and beyond. The full program (50 minutes) explores a variety of topics related to diversity, inclusion, and belonging and includes five professionally developed videos that transport viewers into situations that encourage learning, engagement and competence.

Indiana Black Expo

The largest ethnic and cultural event of its kind in the nation and attracts more than 350,000 attendees annually. It provides networking, educational, career and cultural opportunities for participants.


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