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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - October 2019

By Mary Jane Chew

Diversity and Inclusion

MSP conference raises awareness, unites faculty, staff and students

More than 500 faculty, staff and students attended the first conference for Maximizing Student Potential. MSP is a part of the Purdue Road Map for Transformative Undergraduate Education.  The conference on Sept. 3 kicked off a multiyear effort to optimize success for all students, and the conference is intended to be annual. 

“We are pleased that so many on campus want to be a part helping all students thrive and succeed,” said John Gates, vice provost for diversity and inclusion. “We know the data shows that some groups of students — for instance first-generation, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities or those from lower socioeconomic backgrounds — have not had the same experiences and outcomes at Purdue. Launching this work is our commitment to understand how we can better serve those students, and all students, in reaching their goals. 

The conference keynote speakers were Bridget Burns, executive director of the University Innovation Alliance; Terrell Strayhorn, founding CEO and senior research scientist of Do Good Work Educational Consulting LLC; and Claude M. Steele,  professor of psychology at Stanford and author of the book Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us. Their presentations can be viewed below.

The next steps for the Maximizing Student Potential initiative include continued assessment of student data and the scheduling of events that speak to the challenges faced by students today.  One such event is a performance this week by award-winning actor, singer, writer and composer, Daniel Beaty.  His one-man play, Emergency, is on Wed. Oct. 23 at 5:30 p.m. in Fowler Hall.  The event is free and open to all.  For more information visit: .purdue.edu/diversity-inclusion/

For more information about the Maximizing Student Potential Initiative click here.

For information on the Road Map for Transformative Undergraduate Education click here.

Plenary Session: Innovating the University to Maximize the Potential of All Students - Bridget Burns Ph.D.

Plenary Session: Engendering a Sense of Belonging to Maximize Student Potential - Terrell Strayhorn Ph.D.

Plenary Session: Psychosocial and Behavioral Implications for Maximizing Student Potential - Claude M. Steele Ph.D.

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