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Wanted: Engineering students interested in exploring engineering-related multicultural themes, such as diversity, inclusion, equity, microaggressions, implicit bias and others that will provide deep learning and practical applications of creating an inclusive environment.  If this sounds like you, consider the IDEAS (Introducing Diversity through Engagement and Service) learning community. Using class discussions and community service, students will explore the place of engineering in today’s significant social issues. You will have the opportunity to form close relationships with your classmates and with instructors in and out of class. You will design an engineering project for high school students and explore what it means to be a culturally engaged engineer! Because we believe that learning is fostered through an exchange of different perspectives, we seek to enroll students from a broad range of racial and ethnic backgrounds in this learning community.


  • First-time beginning students admitted to the First-Year Engineering Program or to Pre-ABE in the College of Agriculture
  • This learning community is not available to Honors College participants - Honors College students will participate in the Goss Scholars Learning Community

Residential Component

  • Students from this learning community must reside in Earhart Hall
  • Students who are required to reside in a different residence hall (e.g. due to the Honors College or athletics participation) or who do not sign a housing contract may not participate in this learning community
  • Your roommate in most cases will be a member of the learning community
  • Completing a housing contract is a separate process from applying for a learning community


Fall Semester

Associated Classes

ENGR 10300 - Introduction to Careers in Engineering

ENGR 13100 - Transforming Ideas to Innovation 1

Events and Activities Included:

  • Engineering picnic 
  • Dinner and fun at professor’s home 
  • Introduction to Purdue campus resources 
  • Trip to Indianapolis to visit outreach partner 
  • Trip to Turkey Run State Park 
  • Engineering-based community service project 

Information above is subject to change. If you are placed in the LC, the associated courses will be on your schedule prior to you registering for the rest of your courses.

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