Students Honored at the 2018 Black Caucus Awards Program

The Black Caucus Town Hall Meeting with Provost Akridge

On January 10, 2019 the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff presented a town hall type meeting at the Black Cultural Center with Provost Jay Akridge for a question and answer session about diversity on Purdue's campus.

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The Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff Presents the 43rd Annual Awards Program

On April 14, 2018 at 11:00 am the Black Caucus will host the 43rd annual academic and service awards program in the Purdue Memorial north and south ballrooms.  Our keynote speaker is Ukari Figgs, former womens basket ball star and coach.

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David Rollock named 150th Anniversary Professor

Congratulations David!!

Black Caucus 42nd Annual Awards Program 2017
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Congratulations to Dean Willie and Dr. Dorothy Reed. Dreamers Who Get Things Done.

Willie and Dorothy Reed

Purdue University's Ever True Campaign



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

TJ Boisseau
Director, Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program


Black Caucus 41st Anniversary Awards Program Booklet

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Black Caucus 40th Anniversary Awards Program Speaker

Mrs. Kassandra Agee Chandler, April 18, 2015

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Mrs. Agee-Chandler was Purdue Universities homecoming queen in 1978.

Our student awardee enjoyed her story telling and encouraging words.

Thanks Katy!

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.

Timothy Sands

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 surprised Mr. Darren Henry with a gift of $20.000 for the Business Opportunity Program, which he was a part of as a student when he attended school here at Purdue University. 

Thanks Roland.

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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 members who were honored at the Provost Recongition Luncheon.

2018 Spring

Carol Ben Davies 10 years

Terri Donald 10 years

Darren Henry 10 years

Martia JBH King 10 years

Kevin Nornoo 10 years

Dorothy Reed 10 years

William Caise 15 years

Zenephia Evans 20 years

Deborah Lewis 35 years

Darryl Wilburn 35 years

2017 Fall

Demetrium Battle 25 years

Alvin Lee 10 years

Matilda Stokes 20 years

2013 Fall

Ruby Jones 30 years

Dinea Kinzer 30 years

Martha Williams 30 years

2012 Fall

Matilda Stokes 15 years

Darryl Wilburn 30 years

William Caise 10 years

Zenephia Evans 15 years

2012 Spring

Rita Hillman - 15 years

Demetrius Battle - 20 years

Dwayne Rodgers - 25 years


The Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff, nominated several members past and present for the title IX award, below are the members that were chosen to receive the award.

Roger L. Blalock*

Zenephia E. Evans

Monica Gary

Carolyn E. Johnson

Carolyn Peck

Willie Reed

Clara Bell Sessions*

Helen Bass Williams*

Toyinda Wilson-Long

*Presented Posthumously


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.

James Foster

M. Leroy Keyes

Monica Gary

Jackie Jimerson

Roger Blalock

Breaking News:

 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

Dreamer Award

Dr. Thelma Snuggs

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.

 Talk by NAACP President and CEO Benjamin       Talk by NAACP President and CEO Benjamin

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

AP Administrative
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 financial aid 20 years
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 its 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.

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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

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Purdue Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff hosts a farewell reception for Purdue President Dr. Martin C. Jischke

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BCFS hosts a Black History Month celebration at Hanna Center

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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 Nine Irish Brothers Pub on first friday in March

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BCFS 2006 Christmas Party Co-Sponsored with BGA

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BCFS 2006 Panel Discussion with Purdue Executives


2006 Academic and Service Awards Program

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