LGBTQ Center Statement

This statement was posted on the LGBTQ Center listserv:

The decision to withdraw protections for trans students in schools opens the door for increased violence, bullying, and harassment. At Purdue the LGBTQ Center has worked hard with many campus partners to build a community of inclusion. It is not perfect, but there are structures in place to maintain the protections targeted by this administration. Students, faculty, and staff are protected under our nondiscrimination and anti-harassment policies which include sexual orientation, gender expression, and gender identity found here: http://www.purdue.edu/purdue/ea_eou_statement.html and http://www.purdue.edu/policies/ethics/iiic1.html.

We continue to improve our systems to recognize chosen names. Help us advocate to make this better. We train and educate about the use of chosen names and the pronouns a person identifies with.

Nobody has the right to police the bathroom – but you have the right to use the facilities that match your identity. Gender neutral bathrooms can be found across campus, and more are added annually. Please check the Refuge App (available for free on iOS and Android) for an updated listing of bathroom locations on campus. The CoRec has gender neutral facilities for anyone to use if they wish to. University Residences continues to work with the LGBTQ Center and community to house students in alignment with their identity. A safe place to live, learn, and make friends is critical for student persistence and success.

Purdue Police supports our community, cares about our safety, and is here to help if anything happens to us. Please report incidents. We need to document campus climate. There are active queer and ally student organizations, such as The LGBTQ+ Student Alliance, Queer Students of Color, NOGLSTP, DLP, GRL, and ACT UP. Get involved, get active, build networks, and use your powerful voices. All campus and community are invited to expand their knowledge about how to become more aware and inclusive through SAFE ZONE and TRANS INCLUSION TRAINING.

If you’re looking for more education, come to programs and events coordinated by the LGBTQ Center. You can make a difference. Finally, the LGBTQ Center staff is here for everyone and we will never stop working for an inclusive and equitable campus. We see you. We love you. Come visit us in Schleman Hall, room 230 or contact us at LGBTQ@purdue.edu.

 

New Purdue Polytechnic Institute YouTube Channel (Fall 2016)

Discover the wonders of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute (formerly the College of Technology) through their newly launched YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjV3PfP-jbAgC6BWyTbdsAA.  Hear interviews from students studying PPI majors, building PPI projects, and experiencing PPI internships.  Our PPI students build, design, animate, innovate, and are a force for positive change!

Lunar New Year Celebrations (Feb. 5 – 8)

Join a large percentage of the world in celebrating the Lunar New Year starting tonight (gathered from IP Upcoming Events, 2/2/16):

PSUB invites you to celebrate the year of the fire monkey!  Experience the rich cultures of various Asian countries surrounding Lunar New Year with food, crafts and performances!  Come be a part of this holiday celebration on Friday, February 5th from 9:00 pm – 12:00 am in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom.

Purdue University Chinese Students & Scholars Association (PUCSSA) invites one and all to the Chinese New Year Gala celebration on Sunday, February 7th from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm. Of all the events and activities PUCSSA holds each year, this event is the biggest and most important.  New Year is to the Chinese like Christmas is to Americans. As international students are far from home, PUCSSA hopes Chinese students will experience a sense of home, and others will experience the richness of Chinese culture, music and dance.

Tickets are available for advance purchase February 2nd through 5th from 1:30 pm -5:30 pm in front of HSSE Library (within Stewart Center).  Tickets can also be purchased the day of event at the door.  Prices range from $5 to $15, with discounts available for PUCSSA members.

  • Chinese New Year Reception – February 8th

The Chinese New Year is February 8th!  Purdue will host an all-campus reception from 11:30 am until 2:00 pm in the Purdue Memorial Union South Ballroom. Sponsored by the Confucius Institute at Purdue, the event will feature Chinese food, music, calligraphy, and a lion dance demonstration. Free and open to the public.

Finding Private Scholarships

Purdue’s Division of Financial Aid strongly recommends that students visit Fastweb, scholarships.com, or finaid.org to reserach private scholarship options.

Fastweb, for example, is a nationally known scholarship company that does not charge students to provide a scholarship match service.  By entering your personal profile, Fastweb will do a search to see if you match the eligibility requirements for over 600,000 private scholarships listed in their database.  They can also send you e-mail updates with newly-found scholarship options.

No matter which site you choose, be sure to list “Purdue University” as your current school in order to be matched with private scholarships specifically for Purdue University students!

Purdue also offers departmental scholarships and specially funded scholarships.  If you have questions, contact the Division of Financial Aid on their help line at (765) 494-5050 or visit them Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in Schleman Hall, room 305.

Remembering Their Journey: Jacob B.

For those of you still in high school, you’re probably experiencing a lot of thoughts and feelings about college…you’re not the only one! In this series, “Remembering Their Journey”, we’ll hear from five current and former Exploratory Studies students. They’ll take a look back on their experience in high school, share their memories with you and chat about their college experiences thus far.

Jacob B

Let’s meet Jacob. Here’s his story:

“Ok so I’ll be honest I was scared…

It seemed like during senior of high school everyone knew exactly what he or she were doing , where they were going and were so excited to start their journey. But me on the other hand, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I was interested in several subjects; my work experiences were varied so I know I liked several different types of work environments. So I was totally lost.

I went to Purdue on a visit; I fell in love with campus. Love a first sight never happens with a girl, but it did happen with these brick buildings and the feeling you get when you’re here. Anyway, I knew I wanted to come to Purdue I just didn’t know what I wanted to study. I went to the Exploratory Studies meeting on my visit and I found out it was ok to be unsure. Statics showed students changed majors two or three times before graduating but students that transferred out of Exploratory Studies tended to graduate on time in that major they transferred into. So I was sold. I put down Exploratory Studies as my major and showed up on campus first week of classes.

While in Exploratory Studies you have to take EDPS 105 which is a course where your advisor is the professor and you learn a lot about you as a person and where your interest are. I found out that mine were in business. So after my second semester freshman year I started the process of transferring into the business school. It was hard but my advisor helped me out tremendously. Now I have a 3.30 GPA in the Krannert School of Management and I will be able to graduate on time.

I would not have changed the way I started at Purdue though. Being in Exploratory Studies gave me the confidence in myself that business was what I wanted to do. If you don’t know what you want to do and you love Purdue, consider joining Exploratory Studies.” -Jacob B., sophomore

 

Remembering Their Journey- A post from an Exploratory Studies student

Hey there! We’re starting a few new series of blog posts on The Right Track. For those of you still in high school, you’re probably experiencing a lot of thoughts and feelings about college…you’re not the only one! In this series, “Remembering Their Journey”, we’ll hear from five current and former Exploratory Studies students. They’ll take a look back on their experience in high school,share their memories with you and chat about their college experiences thus far.

First up is Emily. Here’s her story:

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                                    Emily S., freshman

“Senior year. So much stress and so much fun packed in a year. From going to football games, taking the SATs, prom, and applying to colleges; senior year is the busiest year in high school by far. Looking at colleges becomes your life. My friends and I all freaked out about applications and when we got our acceptance letters we all freaked out about which university to choose.

I had always been thinking Purdue because I live in Lafayette. When I actually started doing research I realized that Purdue was a good idea not only for the proximity, but because it is a great school. All throughout high school I was never sure on what major I wanted to pursue, so I saw that Purdue had a program called Exploratory Studies. I looked on their website and decided that going into Exploratory Studies would be the best option for me because I would be able to explore (no pun intended) different majors and really get an idea of what I would want to do.

Coming into Purdue I thought I wanted to major in Brain and Behavioral Sciences. I was actually really confident that was the major I wanted. Then I took a class about behavioral neuroscience and realized that being a neuroscientist required interaction with rats and I am not a fan of rats, so that major was out. I then started looking at Public Health at the insistence of a friend. Public Health has a really great job outlook, but I did not feel like I was really passionate about it. I was honestly only looking into it because it made a lot of money and I did not feel like that was a good enough reason to choose a major. I then started looking into Law and Society because I wanted to be a lawyer. I stuck with that for a while and one day at work I started watching a lot of history education videos on YouTube and my boss gave me the idea of majoring in History. Now, I am currently thinking of majoring in History.

Keep in mind that was all in my freshman year of college. I am SO glad that I chose Exploratory Studies because I would have changed my major three times in the span of five months, which could have been problematic. Now, I am taking a history class to make sure it is what I really want. I cannot recommend EXPL enough. The class, EDPS 105, you take helps you learn about the majors at Purdue and about yourself. It is so awesome to take a class with people who are just as indecisive as you. EXPL at Purdue was the perfect choice for me and I hope it is the same for you.

If I could give any advice to current seniors it would be to calm down and enjoy your last year while it is here. It goes by really fast. Take advantage of all the opportunities you can now.” – Emily S., freshman