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Social justice and diversity are more than research priorities for the college of Education. They are values we hold true and work to embed in all of our endeavors.

Our college attracts students from many backgrounds and offers numerous multicultural experiences to our students to prepare them to become effective teachers in diverse environments. Below are some of the opportunities available to you as a student.

Prospective and Current Undergraduate Students

The college’s Office of Diversity Initiatives hosts a variety of programs for current and prospective undergraduates.

Join S.E.E.D. (Students in Education Enhancing Diversity). S.E.E.D. places emphasis on recruiting underrepresented students and creating opportunities for students enrolled in teacher education programs, while promoting mentorship, partnerships and leadership with the Purdue and West Lafayette community.

The college has scholarships available for under-represented minority students. Check with your academic advisor for current information.

EXCITE! is a five-day residential camp developed to provide students with experiences that will motivate, inspire and encourage them to discover teaching as a career and enhance diversity in the teaching profession.

Chicago Public Schools – Urban Field Experience
Experience urban education with specialized training with Chicago Public Schools. Visit Chicago Public Schools during Purdue University’s Fall Break to learn more about teaching in urban areas.

Explore Purdue is a full-day campus visit program for minority students interested in Purdue. It’s open to all students in grades 8-11.

At the undergraduate level, we offer courses like Multiculturalism in Education (EDCI 285), Multicultural Education (EDCI 585), and Community Issues and Application for Educators (EDCI 350) to broaden our students’ worldviews and prepare them to teach in a diverse environment.

Speak with a student ambassador about their experience in the College of Education.

Prospective and Current Graduate Students

Explore our graduate programs.

Connect with a faculty member doing research in your area of interest.

Holmes Scholars Program
The AACTE Holmes Scholars Program was established to create equity, diversity and cultural competence in programs of higher education and P-12 schools. Scholars serve a two-year term.

At the graduate level, we offer courses like Counseling Multicultural and Diverse Populations (EDPS 507), Gender and Culture in Science Education (EDCI 618) and Global Issues in Education (EDCI 685), as well as Culture and Cognition (EDPS 510).

College of Education Diversity Committee

The College of Education’s diversity committee was created to advance the college’s mission of promoting diversity, social justice and multiculturalism. The committee fosters opportunities to increase diversity awareness among the college and advises the college on best practices for recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty and staff.

Committee Members

  • Faculty:
    • Denise Whitford, Chair
    • Jasmine Begeske
    • Marcia Gentry
    • Kathryn Obenchain
    • JoAnn Phillion
    • Sunnie Watson
  • Students:
    • Temitope Adeoye, Graduate student representative
    • Emma Noelke, Undergraduate student representative
Trinette Lopez Elementary Education
Skokie, Ill.

Purdue’s education program has put me on the path to reach my goal of being a great teacher and a positive role model for my students. The close-knit program has provided me with so many opportunities and surrounded me with people who care, who are truly invested in my success. Purdue has become my home away from home.