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The Power to Empower

Affirm. Acknowledge. Allow. 

When it comes to empowering young African-Americans, Heather Moore has a three-step process: affirm their experiences; acknowledge their brilliance; and allow them to speak for themselves in a safe environment.

In 2011, Heather started the Black E.L.M. Project at Jefferson High School in Lafayette. She meets with the students weekly at the Black Cultural Center and discusses a range of issues. 

Heather says she chose Purdue for her graduate studies because of the quality of the American Studies program.

"The essence of a Boilermaker to me is someone who takes whatever background they have and lets their work ethic speak to what they do and their character.," Heather says.

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