Reach Out Initiative

We are pleased to announce Purdue University’s Department of Psychological Science’s new REACH OUT initiative to encourage scientific creativity through broadening and diversifying our research collaborations and recruitment efforts.

The Department is providing a supplement to our usual faculty professional travel support program for 2020-21 to extend outreach and engagement for inclusion among our faculty and students.

Our dynamic colleagues and their work are the best advertising for our areas and programs; actively sharing our work, therefore, will be one of the best ways to build new and broader pipelines and increase our diverse and vibrant body of faculty and graduate students. Rather than simply wait for opportunities for inclusive recruitment and collaboration to come to us, we can encourage those relationships proactively, and nurture them over time.

Our faculty can use these resources to participate in conferences, colloquia, workshops, or other gatherings. We hope to focus particularly on meetings through which the underrepresented populations can be informed of, collaborated with, and recruited to join Purdue’s Department of Psychology. Such travel might include, but would not be limited to:

  • delivering research talks at ethnic minority-serving institutions
  • developing or strengthening research collaborations with colleagues or labs on campuses that serve students from groups historically underrepresented in psychological science
  • presenting work at conferences focused on diversity-related research
  • representing our Department at disciplinary professional meetings designed to increase cultural inclusion and breadth in rigorous psychological science
  • helping bring scholars and their students TO the Purdue campus

For more information, contact:

Jeffrey D. Karpicke, Ph.D.
Professor & Head,
Department of Psychological Sciences

Psychological Sciences, 703 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-6061 FAX: (765) 496-1264

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