Invitation for Diversity and Inclusion

Dear Caucus:

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion has extended an invitation to all caucus members to a dinner on Friday, March 30 at 6:30pm in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. This is part of the OUR Purdue program that hosts Under Represented Minority students who have been accepted as first year students. The program introduces students to the Purdue environment in the hope of admitting them and this year will host about 100 students.


The Caucus shares the desire to increase under-represented minority students and deem this to be crucial to creating a better campus climate. I therefore entreat you with considerable appeal to please consider participating in this dinner in which we will have opportunities to engage with prospective students so they can make informed choices about coming to Purdue. If you can do this, as I hope you can, please email Chris Taylor’s assistant: Shanna at sbrinegar@purdue.edu to rsvp your attendance at the dinner.


African Students Associations Invitation

On April 1, 2012, we will be hosting the end of the year event called The
> Beauty of Africa. This year’s event will be held at Duncan Hall 619 Ferry
> Street Lafayette, IN 47901. The event includes a Miss ASA Pageant with
> five ladies representing five different countries, a fashion show
> featuring clothing from Liberian designer Garmai Korto Matthew,
> entertaining performances, and an African Dinner. The event is a formal so
> come dressed in your formal or African attire.
> The pre-sale tickets cost $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.
> Tickets at the door will be $7.00 for members and $12.00 for non-members.
> To purchase tickets, you can come to room 109 in Heavilon Hall anytime
> between 5:00pm- 6:00pm from March 20-30, weekdays only.  You can also
> email me Ciana Fahnbulleh at cfahnbu@purdue. edu for tickets or questions.


The Purdue Black Cultural Center will host a presentation by Bryon Hurt on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Fowler Hall.  Byron Hurt is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, a published writer and an anti-sexist activist.  His most recent documentary, Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes will be broadcast at the event in Fowler Hall. 


Hip Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes is a riveting examination of masculinity, sexism and homophobia in Hip Hop culture.  The film pays tribute to the power and creativity of Hip Hop while challenging the rap music industry to take responsibility for glamorizing destructive stereotypes of manhood in general and perpetuating negative myths about African American males in particular.  Immediately following the screening, Byron Hurt will engage audience members in a passionate and thoughtful discussion on hyper-masculinity, homophobia and misogyny in Hip Hop and greater American culture.


Hurt has been featured in numerous newspaper and magazines including The New York Times, Newsday, The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Source Magazine, Vibe magazine and others.  He has also appeared on The Montel Williams show, CNN, Access Hollywood, MTV, BET and ABC World News Tonight.


Join us on Tuesday at 7pm in Fowler Hall.




The Greater Lafayette Chapter of Indian Black Expo presents…..

Circle City Classic Kick Off Party

9-11-09 @ Market Square Shopping Center, Suite D7 ( between Greenbush & Elmwood Ave)

7pm –midnight*  (time subject to change)

Cost – Free

For more information contact us at – GreaterLafayetteIBE@gmail.com or





Dear PBAO Family,

During Homecoming we presented Roger Blalock with a PBAO Distinguished Faculty & Staff Award and announced that we had received more than $14,000 in pledges and donations for the Roger Blalock Endowment, which is being established at the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette.  Based on Roger’s wishes, the Roger Blalock Endowment will initially support 1-2 African-American or Hispanic-American students annually based on a minimum GPA of 2.8 and a scholarship application, which will include an essay.

This endowment is the first race-based scholarship since 2003 when the laws changed and Purdue was forced to eliminate race-based scholarships designated specifically for African-American and Hispanic-American students.  We commend Purdue leaders Murray Blackwelder, VP for Development and Alysa Rollock, VP for Human Relations, for hearing the feedback of PBAO and other alumni who wished to give specifically to African-Americans or other minorities.  Over the last year they have worked with the Community Foundation of Greater Lafayette and we are now in a position to establish endowments for African-Americans that are in compliance with the law. 

Our goal for the Roger Blalock Endowment is $25,000 or better.  We are over the half way mark and with your help and support we can accomplish our goal of $25,000 by March 15th, our stated deadline.  Attached please find a donation form, outlining the various giving levels, as well as an overview letter detailing the applicant requirements. 

In addition, if you would like to learn more about establishing an endowment for African-American students in your name or in the name of a student organization you were involved with on campus (minimum to establish an endowment at CFGL is $10,000) please contact us and we can assist you in making this happen.


Annette Kent
Chair of Scholarships and Awards Committee

Candice Haywood









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