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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - February 2021
Trustees propose task force to address racial equality

By Mary Jane Chew

Spotlight on: College of Education Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

The Office of Diversity Initiatives in the College of Education manages several programs designed to create a welcoming and equitable learning environment for all and to prepare students to become effective teachers in diverse environments. 

The primary objectives of the office are:

  • To build a community of diversity through support, unity and guidance within Teacher Education.
  • To develop strategies that will recruit and retain underrepresented students in Teacher Education.
  • To provide programming that will increase awareness of diversity and inclusion of all cultures.

Floyd Craig, director of the Office of Diversity Initiatives, says the multiple programs offered by his unit range from scholarly opportunities to peer-to-peer mentorships.

Among the most popular are the Table Talk Tuesdays.

“These forums are designed to create a space of inclusion and collaboration that will increase the levels of cultural competency, sensitivity and awareness of students in the teacher education program,” said Craig. “We strive to hold meaningful discussions on real issues. Some past topics have included moving forward after the election and a conversation based on becoming active citizens.”

Participants of the Table Talks are encouraged to explore the intersections of education and diversity, engage in self-reflection and evaluation, and challenge and evaluate stereotypical thoughts and behaviors.

Upcoming Table Talk Tuesdays are scheduled for March 9 and April 13.

The College of Education is also supported by a diversity committee of faculty and staff.  The committee fosters opportunities to increase diversity awareness among the college and advises the college on best practices for recruiting and retaining diverse students, faculty and staff.

For more information about attending a Table Talk or if you are interested in facilitating a talk, please email fhcraig@purdue.edu.

Visit the College of Education Diversity web site.

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