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Purdue University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
610 Purdue Mall
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
Phone
(765) 494-1776
Email address
admissions@purdue.edu
School Information
"Purdue University was founded in 1869 under the Morrill Act of 1862. John Purdue, a local merchant, gave $150,000 to begin the University. Tippecanoe County gave $50,000 and local residents gave 100 acres for the new university. The Indiana State Legislature agreed to name the new school Purdue in gratitude to its largest benefactor. The new university began classes on September 16, 1874 with six instructors and 39 students. Currently, Purdue University has an enrollment of over 41,000 undergraduate (75%) and graduate students (23%). Approximately 2,000 full-time faculty teach and conduct research in Purdue's 157 principle buildings with 377 total buildings on 2,307 acres. Purdue University's schools include: agriculture; consumer and family science; education; engineering; liberal arts; management; pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences; nursing; science; technology; and veterinary medicine. Purdue offers 6,700 courses in 200 specializations. For more than a quarter century, Purdue University has been the largest or second largest in undergraduate engineering enrollment in the country. Purdue research exceeds $347.1 million a year using more than 400 research labs" (Source: https://www.purdue.edu/caps/training/internship/aboutPurdue/index.html).

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • In February 2021, Purdue reversed a policy that mandated members of the Purdue Musical Organizations complete a series of DEI training sessions grounded in critical race theory. Students were asked to enroll in six antiracist training modules, which included modules on "White Privilege, White Supremacy, and White Fragility," and "White Saviorism and How To Be A Better Ally."
  • In June 2020, Purdue Student Government planned to host seminars on racial bias and anti-racism training for the summer and further the mission of the equity task force in the fall. The executive boards of every student organization were also invited to attend a leadership conference during the first week of school in August, where leaders were given "essential anti-racism, anti-bias and inclusion training by Crossroads Anti-racism Organizing & Training."
  • Purdue University hosted a series of virtual discussions around racial justice during the 20-21 academic year called “Pursuing Racial Justice Together,” which is intended to "present the campus community with multiple entrance paths to how they can help build a more equitable world". The main goal of the series was to move people from “not racist” to “anti-racist” in their everyday lives.
Resources
  • The Purdue Libraries and School of Information Sciences provides Diversity, Inclusion, Racism and Anti-Racism resources for the community to learn. Books recommended include White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo and How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • The Department of Mathematics hosts a weekly antiracist reading group.
  • The Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging has various cultural and resource centers and diversity organizations underneath it, such as the Latino Cultural Center and Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff.
Symbolic Actions
  • Purdue vice president and director of intercollegiate athletics Mike Bobinski joined with the Big Ten conference in announcing the Big Ten Anti-Hate and Anti-Racism Coalition, which is made up of student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, chancellors, presidents, and other members of the Big Ten family.
  • In March 2021, Purdue University paid Robin DiAngelo $7,000 for a two-hour virtual event where she led a conversation titled “Pursuing Racial Justice Together.” There were around 1,000 online attendees.
  • Purdue has a Diversity Transformation Award (DTA) program, which is funded by the Office of the Provost and aims to enhance 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."
Last updated June 5th, 2023
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