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Newly Admitted Undergraduate Students

SLHS is eager to get to know newly admitted undergraduate students and learn more about their career goals and aspirations as well as how SLHS can help each student accomplish their goals. Newly admitted undergraduate students from underrepresented communities are invited to connect with members of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee to obtain additional information about the department to aid in making decisions regarding post-secondary education. Virtual meetings are held during the spring and summer for undergraduate students entering Purdue in the fall.


The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences cares deeply about the well-being of our students. You are important to us. We want to ensure students feel a sense of belonging at Purdue and in SLHS. We invite you to attend one of our SLHSCares Check-ins to chat with someone from the DEI Committee and let us know how you are doing. Check-ins are held virtually throughout the semester on the scheduled dates below. Please see dates, times, and meeting room links below.

Date: Friday, 1/14/22
Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Facilitator: Mike Heinz
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Date: Monday, 1/31/22
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Facilitator: Chenell Loudermill
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Date: Friday, 2/11/22
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Facilitator: Anne Gritt
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Date: Wednesday, 2/23/22
Time: 10:00-11:00 am
Facilitator: Ronnie Wilbur
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Date: Tuesday, 3/8/22
Time: 1:00-2:00 pm
Facilitator: Jaime Bauer Malandraki
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Date: Wednesday, 3/23/22
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Facilitator: Kate Martin
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Date: Thursday, 4/7/22
Time: 9:00-10:00 am
Facilitator: Chenell Loudermill
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Date: Wednesday, 4/20/22
Time: 2:30-3:30 pm
Facilitator: Anne Gritt
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Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Curriculum for Graduate Students

As part of program accreditation and professional certification standards, graduate programs are charged with training students to be culturally competent in order to provide the most appropriate care for their clients and patients. “Cultural competence involves understanding and appropriately responding to the unique combination of cultural variables and the full range of dimensions of diversity that the professional and client/patient/family bring to interactions” ( Students enrolled in our MS-SLP program participate in the SLHS JEDI course throughout the duration of the program. Course objectives are based on the Intercultural Knowledge and Competence Value Rubric developed by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and are linked to learner outcomes in line with CAA program standards & CFCC certification standards for graduate programs. At the end of this course, students demonstrate proficiency in all areas of the AAC&U Value rubric at Level 3 (Proficient) and are poised to confidently continue the journey of cultural humility.

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research

The Center for Intercultural Learning, Mentorship, Assessment, and Research (CILMAR) exists to facilitate intercultural learning opportunities for the Purdue community. Resources are available for faculty and students who wish to engage with and bridge the gap between diverse cultural groups. Students have the opportunity to participate in workshops and receive mentorship within and beyond Purdue. For more information on student resources and opportunities within CLIMAR, click here.

Study Abroad Programs

Study Abroad Programs are available through SLHS, HHS, and university-wide periodically. Students not only earn grades and credits but also have an opportunity to immerse themselves in various cultures and expand their worldview. Information on Purdue Study Abroad Programs can be found here.

Health and Human Sciences Success Mentors Program

HHS offers a formal mentoring program for undergraduate students. Freshman students are mentored by sophomore, junior, and senior mentors to provide academic, psychological, and emotional support as first-year students learn to navigate the Purdue experience. Information on HHS Success Mentors Program can be found here.

Division of Diversity and Inclusion

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion (DDI) exists to create and sustain a welcoming campus where all students, faculty, and staff are able to thrive. Visit the DDI site to learn more about university events and diversity initiatives such as Pursuing Racial Justice Together, BoilerMENTOR, One Community Grant, Emerging Leaders Scholars, and Democracy, Civility, and Freedom of Expression Student Essay Prize.

SLHS Weekly Seminar

The Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences offers weekly seminars focused on advancing the knowledge of students and faculty and allowing us to connect with individuals outside of the university. Talks from Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC) and talks with a focus on addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in speech, language, or hearing sciences are highly encouraged. For more information on the SLHS Weekly Seminar, click here

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Student Development Funding Opportunity

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support participation in trainings, workshops, and other learning opportunities that contribute to College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS) students’ development of knowledge and ability to foster and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in their social, academic, or work environments. 

  • Applications will be considered from the beginning of the academic year to the beginning of the next academic year and may be submitted at any time.
  • An electronic copy of the application using the attached form should be submitted as a single document. Send your application to Questions can be directed to Carmen Morrow at
  • For more information, click here


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