Derrick

Derrick Williams-Bacon

K12 and Undergraduate Programs Administrator, Minority Engineering Program

willi230@purdue.edu

Derrick Williams-Bacon is a native of Gary, Indiana. Derrick received both his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (1997) and Master of Science in Technology Education (2001), at the Purdue University main campus.

Derrick returned to Purdue in 2004 to spearhead the Purdue Musical Organization’s recruitment, diversity, and retention initiatives. While serving in this capacity, he increased overall participant diversity by 13%. He then joined Purdue Bound, where his many responsibilities included outreach, K12, STEM engagement experiences, student success, research, career refinement, and mentoring. As a member of the Purdue Bound Corporate Advisory Board and the Student Success Coordinator of Purdue Bound, Derrick worked directly with university leadership and corporate sponsors to bolster the preparation and inclusion of underrepresented minorities in STEM. His responsibilities included providing performance metrics in outreach, recruitment, and retention for Purdue Bound participants as well as recommendations for continuous improvement. During his eight years with Purdue Bound, Derrick saw more than 100 students attain STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Derrick was a vocational counselor and workshop facilitator at the Indianapolis Private Industry Council (IPIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The IPIC provides consulting services for the engineering, accounting, research and management sectors. While working on his Master’s degree in Educational Technology, he gained manufacturing experience with General Motors as a production supervisor. He also taught an applied leadership course, OLS 274 in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute from 1998-2001. Derrick has teaching experience in the Gary public school system and at Indiana Wesleyan University, teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Derrick joined the Minority Engineering Program team in 2019, and brings a wide array of talents and experiences.

He uniquely understands what it is like to overcome the challenges of being a first-generation, underrepresented minority on a predominantly majority campus. His passion is to make a real difference in student access and success in STEM fields.

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