Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity: Individual differences (e.g., personality, learning styles, and life experiences) and group/social differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, country of origin, and ability as well as cultural, political, religious, or other affiliations) that can be engaged in the service of learning.

Inclusion: The active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity — in people, in the curriculum, in the co-curriculum, and in communities (intellectual, social, cultural, geographical) with which individuals might connect — in ways that increase one’s awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within [and change] systems and institutions.

Equity: The creation of opportunities for historically underrepresented populations to have equal access to and participate in educational programs that are capable of closing the achievement gaps in student success and completion.

From: Association of American Colleges and Universities(AAC&U)

Religious, Ethnic and Civic Observances

On August 20, 2014, Purdue University’s Vice President for Ethics and Compliance issued a memorandum urging members of the Purdue University community to “be sensitive to the fact that the scheduling of examinations, class assignments, meetings, and other significant events on certain holidays or days of religious observance may place some members of the University Community in a very difficult situation.”  The full text of the memorandum can be found on the Purdue University website.

Student Organizations

Purdue Calumet has many student organizations academically and socially active, and which serve various interest groups and community involvement.  A listing of some of these organizations is below.

Other Organizations

In addition to the organizations above, other groups have been formed which intend to serve a broader constituency.  Some of these groups are listed below.

From Boots to Books

The Veterans and Student Service Members Academic Support Program (FBBP), is a program designed to create a community of university personnel, students, and community agencies that provide support/service that increases the likelihood of veterans and student service members completing their educational goals.

International Programs Office

The International Programs Office works to ensure that students, faculty, staff and community members have opportunities to learn about the world through academic, cultural, and hands on experiences.  IPO is comprised of four main units: the English Language Program, International Students and Scholars, International Admissions, and International Programs. Additionally, IPO’s initiatives include study abroad and exchange programs, international partnerships and agreements, student peer mentoring, and events.

International Student Organization (ISO)

The International Student Organization welcomes all students to participate in a culturally diversified team and broaden their own understanding of different cultures. ISO seeks to establish a constructive cultural community by creating a platform for sharing of cultural experiences. By providing students from different countries with opportunities to interact, ISO helps them develop lasting friendships and socialize with cultures around the world.

Multicultural Campus Council

Established in 2005, Purdue Calumet has created a strong Multicultural Campus Council (MCC) that has responsibility for programming and strengthening the campus climate in relation to diversity. As change agents we seek to educate and engage the campus community on the value of respecting and embracing cultural difference while promoting inclusion.