Purdue University Dreamer Award

The Dreamer Award is presented annually to an individual or organization within the Purdue University community whose contributions embody Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of service to others and furthers the University's commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Nominations for the 2017 Dreamer Award will be accepted through December 31, 2016. Retirees and alumni are also eligible for nomination. The Award will be presented on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00m in Loeb Playhouse as part of the University Celebration honoring the contributions and legacy of Dr. King.

Please direct any inquires to Dr. Carolyn E. Johnson, director of the Diversity Resource Office via email: dro@purdue.edu or phone: 765-494-7307.


2017:                     Ms. Elisabeth Rile

2016:                     Dr. Johnny Brown and Dr. Jerry Holt

2015:                     Dr. Willie M. Reed

2014:                     Mr. Christopher J. Martin and Dr. David Rollock

2013:                     Ms. Jackie Jimerson and Mr. Jesse Moore

2011 – 2012:           Dr. Kenneth Ridgway

2010:                     Dr. Thelma Snuggs

2009:                     Ms. Patricia A. Carlisle and Mr.  James Foster

2008:                     Ms. Brenda Coulson

2007:                     Ms. Ashley Hornberger; Dr. Sally Mason and Ms. Renee Thomas

2006:                     Dr. Mark J.T. Smith

2005:                     Dr. Klod Kokini

2004:                     Ms. Jane Cassidy; Mr.  Kenneth E. Field and Ms. Elaine M. McVay

2017 Call for Nominations

Nomination Form

2017 MLK Events & Activities

Day of Service

Campus Events

MLK Keynote Address

Essay Contest

10 Things YOU Can Do