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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - March 2022
Equity Task Force undergraduate yield initiatives underway

By Mary Jane Chew

Equity Task Force undergraduate yield initiatives underway

In line with goals established by the Purdue Equity Task Force, a set of initiatives focused on increasing the number of Black admitted students who choose to attend Purdue are underway in various colleges and schools.

Earlier this year, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging issued a call for proposals for innovative programs designed to increase yield rates among Black Boilermakers for Summer and Fall of 2022. Submissions were received from across campus and five initiatives were funded in this initial round.

  • College of Education: BOILER Teacher Education Express
  • College of Health and Human Sciences: Demonstrating Community, Belongingness, and Allyship in HHS
  • Honors College: At Home in Honors
  • Purdue Polytechnic Institute: Diversity Day Expansion
  • Exploratory Studies: All Aboard—Exploration Station 

Common facets of the funded programs include engaging social media campaigns, campus visits, mailed welcome packages, and opportunities to connect with current Black Boilermakers.

“The reviewers were excited about the potential impacts and innovation of the submissions we received. Given the strength of the proposals, we are encouraged to think that the concentrated efforts of these initiatives will boost our representation of Black Boilermakers on campus,” said Renee Thomas, associate vice provost for diversity, inclusion and belonging. “These programs will provide prospective Black Boilermakers with an excellent opportunity to learn more about what our schools and colleges have to offer, as well as to begin to see themselves here at Purdue.”

Following a review of the impacts of the first round of initiatives, a recommendation will be developed to fund proposals for future admissions cycles. 

In addition to the five inaugural programs, the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging will collaborate with Enrollment Management, the Purdue Black Alumni Organization, and academic colleges for two centralized prospective student receptions that will occur this week in Indianapolis and in Gary on April 6 and will include specific programming and messaging for prospective Black Boilermakers.  The receptions, and all University programs and events, are open to all prospective students regardless of race, ethnicity or national origin.