Purdue Honors College is committed to the well-being of all its students, staff, and faculty. Our goal is to create an inclusive environment in which diversity thrives and in which all are welcome, safe, and valued. It is a privilege that we come into contact with people of diverse perspectives and orientations. To refuse engagement with those who are different from ourselves is a lost opportunity to think and to grow. We believe that discrimination in all of its forms suppresses learning. We seek to embody in our personnel, our residential community, and our classes the values of collaboration, understanding, and respect. We affirm the importance of all lives and celebrate the many ways in which we can learn from each other.
We welcome students of all nations, races, ethnicities, religions, gender and sexual identities, ages, socioeconomic groups, physical abilities, and political beliefs. The Honors College is proud to be a designated “safe zone” for LGBTQ students, staff, and faculty.
Together, we will build a culture rich in differences and ideas. We will forge the future.
Honors College Diversity and Inclusion Team
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 2019-2020 academic year are Maya Black, Essenam Lamewona, Vanessa Longe, and Rahmaan Ruth.
To learn more about the Honors College Student Diversity Officers, please click here.