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Purdue Division of Diversity and Inclusion: Advances diverse and inclusive communities at Purdue. They create and sustain a welcoming campus where all students can excel, increase and retain the number of historically underrepresented and diverse students, faculty and staff at Purdue, and prepare all students to thrive in our diverse, global environment.

Office of the Provost: Leads many diversity-related centers, initiatives, and resources at Purdue. See the Provost's April 2020 newsletter here.

ADVANCE: An institutional transformation project that targets the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) faculty at Purdue's West Lafayette campus.

Human Resources: An organization that supports Purdue’s commitment to recruiting and retaining talented, innovative and diverse faculty.

Purdue resources specific to science:

Purdue Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP): Helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and through enrichment activities. The goal of the program is to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers.

Women in Science Programs (WISP): Implements programming and facilitates relationships with upper class peers and faculty members that help retain women in the College of Science.

Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS): Promotes the pursuit of graduate education and advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership, and teaching careers at all levels for Chicano/Latino and Native American students.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES): Offers financial, academic, and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school, provides professional development activities to enable teachers to work effectively with Native students, and develops culturally appropriate curricula and publications.

Purdue Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): Stimulates and develops student interest in the various engineering disciplines, strives to increase the number of undergraduate and graduate minority students studying engineering, encourages members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields, promotes public awareness of engineering and the opportunities available to Blacks and other minorities that are associated with engineering, and functions as a representative body on issues and developments that effect the careers of black engineers.

Department of Statistics Tutor List: A list of graduate students willing to assist other students in tutoring for specific Statistics courses.

More Purdue resources:

Black Cultural Center (BCC): Provides purposeful, holistic, scholarly, and co-curricular programming designed to strengthen understanding of African American heritage. The BCC enhances the academic, cultural, and social development of the entire Purdue community. The BCC also has an extensive library in room 219 and is Purdue's premier source for knowledge about African American culture and experience. See their website for a full list of their services and resources.

Diversity Resource Office: Encourages, develops, and assesses programs and activities that foster a climate within Purdue that celebrates the diversity of all members of the community.

International Students and Scholars (ISS) Office: Provides appropriate services and support to international clientele and various University departments and offices. It seeks to enhance the academic, cultural, and social pursuits of students and scholars from abroad through knowledge and expertise in recruitment, admissions, immigration, and advising. 

Latino Cultural Center: Serves as a resource to Latinos/as to celebrate and enhance understanding of the Latino culture through history, accomplishments, growth, and empowerment. It also serves as an educational and cultural foundation for all students, faculty, and staff members.

LGBTQ Center: Provides programming that engages the entire Purdue campus and community on LGBTQ issues. It is the primary point of contact for members of the LGBTQ community as it works collaboratively with campus departments, student organizations, University administration and local community groups to connect students with the enriching resources, activities and support services they seek in order to be successful at Purdue and beyond.

Library Guides provided by Purdue Libraries and School of Information Studies. A series of guides related to diversity and inclusion:
   -Juneteenth: Juneteenth is the oldest national celebration that commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S.
   -Black Lives Matter: A guide to the #BLM movement, including resources for academic research.
   -Diversity Resources: A guide to resources related to inclusion, diversity, racism and anti-racism.

Mentoring @ Purdue (M@P): Aims to improve the quality of graduate education by fostering mentoring relationships between graduate students and faculty or staff members in the Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Native American Educational and Cultural Center: Develops new generations of educated Native students who will make positive contributions in their tribal communities, and educates non-Natives who will appreciate Indigenous cultures, histories, and traditions.

Office of Institutional Equity (OIE): Supports Purdue's mission to promote human and intellectual diversity by providing equal access and opportunity through fostering an inclusive environment for all members of the University community.

Purdue Graduate Student Government (PGSG): The legislative arm of, and the dedicated advocate for, the Purdue graduate student body.

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL): In addition to providing free writing, research, and English as a second language (ESL) resources and services, OWL also offers an introduction to Critical Race Theory (CRT) which is a "theoretical or interpretive mode that examines the appearance of race and racism across dominant cultural modes of expression."

Steps to Leaps Lunch and Learn Series (requires Purdue BoilerKey login): The Lunch and Learn series for Summer 2020 provides a diverse set of webinars for students, staff and faculty. Replays of previous Lunch and Learns can be found on this page. In May 2020, the Purdue cultural center directors discussed "The Creation of Virtual Inclusive Communities through Innovation and Growth". A recording of their discussion can be found here. Steps to Leaps also has an extensive list of resources related to Virtual Student Life to help students take care of their physical and mental well being.

Susan Bulkeley Butler Center: Develops leadership capacity, especially for women, through research, education, and collaborations that advance inclusion and broaden representation in academic decision-making.

Local resources in Lafayette and West Lafayette:

International Center of West Lafayette: Fosters cross-cultural exchange through educational programs, cultural events, and community service, and serves as the hub of resources and information to the international community and residents of Greater Lafayette.

Hanna Community Center: Offers quality programming for youth, seniors, and health education.

Lafayette YWCA: Improves the lives of women and girls in Tippecanoe and surrounding counties through education, recreation, and empowerment programs.

Lafayette YMCA: Provides resources for healthy living, youth development, and social responsibility. Connects local members of all ages with healthy, family-oriented, and community-based activities.

PRIDE Lafayette: Continually educates and promotes awareness of diversity, health, culture, and acceptance of individuals based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Facilitates and coordinates the efforts of communities to work together on a number of programs and activities such as diversity education, health initiatives, community mobilization, cultural enhancement, and research.

Lafayette Adult Resource Academy (LARA): Teaches academic and life skills to enable learners to make productive, ongoing changes in their personal lives, in society, and in public policy.

Lafayette Human Relations Commission: Seeks to end prejudice, intolerance, bigotry, and discrimination in the City of Lafayette, to encourage respect and understanding of all individuals and groups, and to investigate complaints of discrimination in the City of Lafayette.

West Lafayette Human Relations Commission: Protects the rights of citizens and ensures that West Lafayette remains a fair and inclusive community. Reviews complaints of discrimination received by the City, investigates those complaints, and works with the parties involved to reach a resolution. Conducts educational efforts that aim to foster understanding, tolerance, and respect among the members of our diverse community.


Professional Societies

American Statistical Association: The American Statistical Association (ASA) is the world’s largest community of statisticians. It is the second-oldest, continuously operating professional association in the country. Since its founding in 1839, the ASA “has supported excellence in the development, application, and dissemination of statistical science through meetings, publications, membership services, education, accreditation, and advocacy.”

Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS): INFORMS is the leading international association for professionals in operations research and analytics. Explore the following topics on the INFORMS site: Diversity Community, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Ambassadors (DEI) Program, COVID-19: Connections to DEI in the OR/MS Professions, and Promoting DEI in the Online Classroom.

Institute of Mathematical Statistics (IMS): The Institute of Mathematical Statistics is an international professional and scholarly society devoted to the development, dissemination, and application of statistics and probability.

Women in Operations Research and Management Science (WORMS): Forum for Women in OR/MS, established in 1995. Recent forum topics include a Webinar on Work in the Time of Coronavirus, and the article "Women in OR/MS" by Dr. Laura Albert.


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