Diversity. A thought, not an afterthought. An action, not a reaction.
Learning in a diverse environment has been proven to help students develop their problem-solving skills as well as improve their social abilities. Students who learn in diverse communities are exposed to a wider range of opinions in classroom discussions and develop stronger critical thinking skills and employers value candidates who are comfortable working with people from different backgrounds.
Here in the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI, we place a high value on diversity in all of its forms. Women, people of color, lgbtq+ students, students with disabilities and individuals from other countries all come together in our classrooms to learn and grow with each other.
Supporting diverse populations is also important to us and we do this in several ways. One of our favorite ways to support diverse students in through a number of student organizations including, the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Society of Women Engineers (SWE), National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), Women in Technology (WiT) and Women Engineering Network (WEN).