Affinity Organizations

Student Organizations

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
AISES works to promote, initiate, and provide educational services for American Indian and Alaska Native pre-college, college, and graduate students in STEM. AISES also supports early-, mid-, and executive-level professionals in STEM through professional development, mentoring, networking, community service, and awards programs and initiatives. AISES is the only professional society established by and for American Indians and Alaska Natives that specifically emphasizes lifelong learning and educational achievement by utilizing cultural aspects with STEM.

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
The Purdue University Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is a non-profit student organization committed to the unification of its members through the facilitation of programs that strengthen the community of Black graduate and professional students across all disciplines. It serves to enrich the graduate school experience of students interested in Black culture. The BGSA fulfills this goal through programming that offers opportunities for professional and scholarly development, community involvement, and social exchange. 
Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES)
The mission of this chapter is to promote, cultivate, and honor excellence in education and leadership among Latinxs in STEM. The mission of this chapter is to also increase the number of Latinx students in STEM at Purdue University by providing awareness of STEM discipline among local high schools and a strong sense of community among all Latinxs. Our vision is a future where Latinxs are leaders in the STEM world. 
National Society of Black Engineers (National Society of Black Engineers)
The Purdue Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers is formally known as the "Mother Chapter." As a student-managed and non-profit STEM organization, their primary mission is to "increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community." Each year they enact on their mission by providing professional, academic, social and community outreach opportunities to help their members reach their absolute potential as a student, leader and engineer. 

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. The SASE Purdue Chapter develops it members by covering five key areas: career development, bridging networks, academic preparation, cultural awareness, and community service.
Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development. Our vision is a world where Hispanics are highly valued and influential as the leading innovators, scientists, mathematicians, and engineers.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
The mission of this chapter is to empower and support women through inclusive and innovative high-quality programs that provide technical and leadership experience in open and encouraging environments. Purdue SWE (PSWE) is dedicated to motivating young women to attain the highest levels of education and career advancement. PSWE is one of the largest student organizations at Purdue and is consistently one of the largest collegiate SWE chapters in the nation.  

Cultural Centers

Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC)
The Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Centre (AAARCC) provides dynamic educational resources for the Purdue community and the Lafayette-West Lafayette community. Since joining Purdue in April 2015 under the Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging, the AAARCC has opened its doors to all and seeks to remain as a source of education, integration, and support. Programs and events will be constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of the campus community. 

Black Cultural Center (BCC)
The Black Cultural Center provides purposeful, holistic, scholarly, and cocurricular programming designed to strengthen understanding of African American heritage. It enhances the academic, cultural, and social development of the entire Purdue community.
Latino Cultural Center (LCC)
The Purdue University Latino Cultural Center creates an inclusive environment for the entire campus community, fostering meaningful dialogue and cultural understanding of Latinx communities. The LCC supports Latinx faculty and staff while they recruit, retain and empower Latinx students to succeed, giving them a sense of belonging until graduation and beyond.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center (LGBTQ)
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Center provides programming that engages the entire Purdue University campus and community on LGBTQ issues through: an exciting calendar of events, a distinguished lecture series, advocacy for equitable access and a discrimination-free environment, and facilitation of a variety of craning opportunities throughout the year. Located in Room 230 of the Schleman Hall of Student Services, the LGBTQ center is a dedicated Safe Zone that provides a welcoming and affirming location on campus for all, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. 

Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC)
When the doors first opened in March 2007, the Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC) was the first cultural center in the state of Indiana dedicated to supporting Indigenous students and since then, the NAECC continues to celebrate unprecedented success.


NAECC founding statement (2006) "As current students of Purdue University, we firmly believe that the creation of a Native American student center will collectively contribute to Native student success, Purdue's mission to enrich the student and cultural dynamics, and most critical, students will have the capacity to become lead candidates in contributing to Tribal needs and cultivating the notion of Tribal sovereignty."

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