The Purdue Honors College is committed to supporting the well-being of its students, staff and faculty. We are constantly engaged in devising new, rigorous, and creative means to build a community in which diversity and inclusion thrive, and equity considerations are resolutely addressed. We recognize that this process does not happen automatically, and nor can its success be taken for granted. This is why we work tirelessly on multiple fronts to ensure that each member of our community feels welcome, safe and valued. As an interdisciplinary college, the values of collaboration and mutual respect are integral to what we do in our classrooms, our residential community, and in our programming initiatives. We celebrate the many ways in which we learn from one another, and are not afraid to challenge/resist all forms of discrimination that compromise this objective. Here, we welcome students of all nations, races, ethnicities, religions, gender and sexual identities, ages, socioeconomic groups, and physical abilities. We consider it our privilege to co-construct and preserve a college-community where differences and difficult conversations are not shied away from, but used as the foundation for deep engagement with the complexity of the world around us. To learn more about the Honors College’s commitment to serving and advocating for its diverse population, read about the work of its Diversity and Inclusion team below.
Honors College Diversity and Inclusion Team
The Honors College Diversity and Inclusion team organized this event to give our community an opportunity to come together to discuss recent events, strategies for coping ,and showing solidarity, with the nation-wide protests against anti-black institutional violence.
The Honors College’s Diversity and Inclusion team’s goal is to advocate for the representation and inclusion of minoritized and vulnerable population groups in the College, as well as in the wider University community. We try to create a living-learning experience that is not only tolerant or appreciative of difference, but also understands the deep structural inequities that produce differentiated experiences for students of color, international students, queer/trans and disabled students. A lot of our efforts are directed towards conducting workshops, panel discussions, film-screenings, reading groups – open to students, staff and faculty – that are meant to educate and equip us to have meaningful and effective conversations about race, bias, equality and social justice.
At the same time, we look to match our advocacy programing with efforts geared towards solidarity building. It is crucial, we believe, that underrepresented minorities or marginalized groups create networks of support and solidarity with each other as a way to find a collective voice to articulate their experience and effect change. We envisage the Honors College as a vibrant node in the ecology of the university and the cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette. Through our events we seek to encourage students, faculty and staff to engage with the social and political events around us, to understand them in an environment that is critical without being judgmental, to create a culture of creative collaboration, where speaking up and out for issues of equality and social justice is seen as the way forward, and extends to life beyond the university.
The Honors College’s Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Team includes Dr. Megha Anwer, who is a faculty member and the Director of Diversity and Global Awareness, Rachel Newell - the Student Leadership and Engagement Manager – as well as four Student Diversity officers (SDOs). The SDOs for the 2020-2021 academic year are Sohinee Bera, Essenam Lamewona, Vanessa Longe, and Rahmaan Ruth.
To learn more about the Honors College Student Diversity Officers, please click here.