Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Kipling Williams
Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
College of Health and Human Sciences

Purdue University
Psychological Sciences, Room 2166
703 3rd Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907


My responsibilities as Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion include serving as the faculty leader on diversity and inclusion efforts throughout our department; developing new initiatives aimed at promoting a culture and climate of diversity and inclusion among our faculty, staff, and students; chairing our department's newly formed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; overseeing a new Graduate Student Committee on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and working in collaboration with other department leaders, specifically our Director of Undergraduate Studies and Director of Graduate Studies, to promote diversity and inclusion throughout our undergraduate and graduate curricula.

I believe firmly that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential in creating a vibrant, productive, and enthusiastic academic community. Striving for and achieving diversity, equity, and inclusion will make our Department a welcoming home to everyone, and will result in creativity, productivity, collaboration, and more importantly, a feeling that we are all acknowledged, respected, and belong here.

For over 25 years, I have examined the causes and consequences of ostracism—being ignored and excluded. All forms of discrimination, marginalization, social invisibility, and prejudice have at their core a motive to exclude and ignore, thus undermining and preventing inclusion, authenticity, efficacy, and success. I have taught seminars on Ostracism for over 20 years and have given talks, workshops, and seminars internationally on the topic. My research is featured in the documentary Reject. I also serve as a University Faculty Catalyst, ensuring that diversity, inclusion, and equity are goals we aspire to for our students, and in the hiring, retention, and nurturing of faculty, post-docs, graduate students, and staff. I am or have served as a member of the University Faculty Advisory Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, and the College of Health and Human Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee.

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