Organizations for Students

We have a rich 40-year history with student organizations that promote diversity and inclusion in engineering. The oldest organization is the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), founded at Purdue University in 1975. The most recent diversity-focused student effort is the Latinos in Science and Engineering (MAES) organization. The Purdue chapter was established in 2009, MEP formally advises the Purdue chapters of NSBE and MAES, and we provide support to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Involvement in these student organizations is correlated with higher retention rates and higher academic performance compared to peers.

Purdue Links

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

-To increase substantially the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science, and other related technology disciplines.

Black Cultural Center (BCC)

-The BCC brings together the wonderful diversity of the Purdue family by nurturing and presenting the rich heritage of the African American experience through art, history and cultural understanding.

Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)

-The Purdue University Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA) is a non-profit student organization committed to the unification of its members through the facilitation of programs that strengthen the community of Black graduate and professional students across disciplines.

Latino Cultural Center (LCC)

-The LCC strives to build a community for Latino/a Boilermakers and alumni to share their ideas and experiences to enhance cultural awareness to the Purdue University campus and beyond.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) at Purdue

-To increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers, who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community.

Native American Cultural and Educational Center

-Purdue's Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC) is your home away from home, providing resources and support for all tribal nations. A chat. A cup of coffee. Laughter. Ideas. Friends. Even just directions for that next class.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

-SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support, and development.

The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists

-To promote, cultivate, and honor excellence in education and leadership among Latino engineers and scientists.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

-To empower and support women through innovative programs that provide technical and leadership experience in open and encouraging environments. Since 1954, PSWE has been dedicated to motivating young women to attain the highest levels of education and career advancement.

National Links

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

 -The mission of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is to substantially increase the representation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers.

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) - Region 4

-To increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

-SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.

The Society of Mexican American Engineers and Scientists

-MAES is the foremost Latino organization for the development of STEM leaders in the academic, executive, and technical communities.

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

-Join a society of pioneers, advocates and mentors who support and guide your collegiate and professional journey, and celebrate your lifelong accomplishments.

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