In the wake of national protests regarding the lack of indictments following the killing of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, Purdue University’s African American Studies and Research Center, American Studies Program, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program must acknowledge our solidarity with peaceful protestors across the country who insist that black lives matter. As faculty, we have heard the anguish of students who are overwhelmed by the state of a society that kills its own citizens with impunity. We must harness our research regarding racism, sexism, and police profiling, so that we can all feel safe walking the streets and approaching the police. As scholars and educators who put our research and teaching at the service of justice, we join with anti-racist, feminist, and human rights activists throughout this country in condemning the use of state forces to prey on black people rather than to protect their liberty and their very lives. As members of the greater Lafayette community, we cannot simply provide intellectual commentary on matters that are affecting our families, friends, and students. We call on political leaders and those with influence over the criminal justice system to stop hiding behind arcane procedural issues and to step forward with bold solutions to end police violence against black people. If the grand jury system is broken, we demand it be fixed. If the police cannot police themselves, we demand they be held accountable and re-trained. The situation will not stand and we will not stand for it.
Venetria K. Patton
Director, African American Studies & Research Center
Rayvon D. Fouche
Director, American Studies
Director, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program
Black Caucus 40th Anniversary Awards Program Speaker
Mrs. Kassandra Agee Chandler, April 18, 2015
Mrs. Agee-Chandler was Purdue Universities homecoming queen in 1978.
Our student awardee enjoyed her story telling and encouraging words.
Farewell to Provost Timothy Sands
The Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff bids a fond farewell to Timothy Sands, as he departs for Virginia Tech to become the President of the University. We will miss him dearly, but wish him all the best. We send with him Honorary membership in the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff and hope that he will keep his sight on Diversity and Inclusion as he did here at Purdue.
Black Caucus Awards Program Speaker
On April 12, 2014 the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff held its 39th annual awards program. Our Keynote Speaker, Mr. Roland Parrish, Chair and CEO, National Black McDonald's Owners Association, gave a wonderful talk to our undergrad students and then, he surprized Mr. Darren Henry with al gift of $20.000 for the BOP program, which he was a part of as a student when he attended school here at Purdue University.
Purdue Staff Recognized
On behalf of the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff, we would like to congratulate the following service staff, Clerical staff, & AP membrs who were honored at the Provost Recongition Luncheon.
Ruby Jones 30 years
Dinea Kinzer 30 years
Martha Williams 30 years
Matilda Stokes 15 years
Darryl Wilburn 30 years
William Caise 15 years
Zenephia Evans 15 years
Rita Hillman - 15 years
Demetrius Battle - 20 years
Dwayne Rodgers - 25 years
TITLE IX HONOREES
The Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff, nominated several members past and present for the title 9 award, below are the members that were chosen to receive the award.
Roger L. Blalock*
Zenephia E. Evans
Carolyn E. Johnson
Clara Bell Sessions*
Helen Bass Williams*
One Brick Higher Award
Purdue President France A. Cordova presents the One Brick Higher Award to Dr. Zenephia Evans
on Tuesday (Feb. 28, 2012) during the President's Forum in the Purdue Memorial Union.
Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff Honor Recent Retirees:
Each retiree will receive a certificate for Lifetime membership in the Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty & Staff.
M. Leroy Keyes
Martha Williams is one of the new worklife ambassators for 2011-2012
BCFS congratulates the 2011 Honorees:
Margaret Nornoo 20 years
Charlyce Patterson 10 years
Purdue Staff Recognized:
On behalf of the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff, we would like to congratulate the following staff membrs who were honored at the Provost Staff Recongition Luncheon January, 2010.
Karen Frasier-Mills 10 years
Toyinda Wilson-Long 10 years
We also honor Purdue employees who have been in service at Purdue for 1 and 5 years
Jolivette Anderson - 5 years
Jesse Moore - 5 years
Danita Brown - 1year
Linnette Good - 1 year
Derrick Kearney - 1 year
Ebony Kennedy - 1 year
Judy Potts - 1 year
Dr. Thelma Snuggs, assistant professor in the College of Consumer and Family Sciences and former president of the Black Caucus of Facuty and Staff, is the 2010 Dreamer Award recipient. The Award is presented annually to an individual or organization within the Purdue University community whose contributions embody Martin Luther King's vision of service to others and futher the University's commitment to diversity. Congratulations Thelma!!
James Foster was also a Dreamer Award recipient.
Members of the Purdue Black Caucus Attend Talk by NAACP
President and CEO Benjamin Jealous
Black Caucus Chair Zenephia Evans and Caucus Webmaster Matilda Stokes attended the keynote lecture presented by the Black Cultural Center on Wednesday February 4th at the Fowler Hall.
Purdue Staff Recognized
On behalf of the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff, we would like to congratulate the following staff & AP membrs who were honored at the Provost Staff Recongition Luncheon.
Kenneth Ginnage 10 years
Kevin Booker 10 years
Lois Heckstall 10 years
Theodore Daniels 10 years
Wesley Campbell 15 years
Isidore Julienne 20 years
Renee Thomas 20 years
Carolyn Johnson 20 years
Dwight Lewis 20 years
On behalf of the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff, we would like to congratulate the following staff membrs who were honored at the Provost Staff Recongition Luncheon January 22, 2009.
Ms. Marion Blalock, Minority Engineering 35 years
Ms. Jackie Jimerson, College of Phamacy 30 years
Ms. Zelda Flye, Department of
Mr. Leonard Martin,
liberal arts counseling 20 years
Ms. Marion Ragland, College of Engineering 15 years
Congratulations on your years of service to Purdue University.
The Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff will hold the 33rd Annual Student Awards Program
The black Caucus will hold it's Annual Student Awards Program on Saturday April 12th in the North Ballroom of Purdue Memorial Union at 10:30 am. This year we will be offering the purchase of ads for a program booklet. If you would like to place an ad please click the link below for more information.
The Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff Bid Farewell to Provost Sally Mason
At a luncheon held on Wednesday July 11, 2007 in the Lafayette Room of PMU the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff at Purdue University bids a fond farewell to Provost Sally Mason and awards her honorary membership in the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff.
Venetra Patton, Chair BCFS ---Sally Mason with the BCFS Executive Board
Sally Mason Provost
The Purdue Black Caucus presents: A panel discussion with senior administration
Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff hosts a farewell reception for
Purdue President Dr. Martin C. Jischke
BCFS hosts a Black History Month celebration at Hanna Center
The Black Caucus of faculty and staff hosts a reception
for the new Dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Willie M. Reed.
First Fridays for Black Caucus In West Lafayette, IN:
It's the end of the week and time to wind down, come join members
of the Black Causus on the first Friday of each month staring in February.
See locations on the calendar of events.
BCFS relax at brothers Irish Pub on first friday in March
Students honored for achievements
BCFS 2006 Christmas Party Co-Sponsored with BGA
BCFS 2006 Panel Discussion with Purdue Executives (Click on photo to enlarge)
2006 Academic and Service Awards Program