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Purdue is committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming campus for all. We bring together resources, cultural centers and diversity programs to build a more inclusive community.

Purdue Renames Residence Halls for Parker Sisters

When Frieda and Winifred Parker enrolled at Purdue in 1946, they could not live on campus. The two sisters and their family led the successful campaign to integrate university housing, which went into effect in 1947. In October 2021, Purdue held a dedication ceremony for the newly-named Frieda and Winifred Parker Residence Halls to honor their commitment to the fight for equity and access in education. They are the first buildings on campus to be named for Black alumnae. Watch this documentary to learn about the Parker Sisters. 

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Celebrating our cultures

Purdue believes in the power of learning about and celebrating different cultures. Our welcoming cultural centers are made to connect, support and inspire the Purdue community.

The cultural centers on campus include:

  • Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center
  • Black Cultural Center
  • Latino Cultural Center
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Center
  • Native American Educational and Cultural Center

The centers hold a variety of activities throughout the year for students and the community to celebrate diversity and inclusion.

Purdue is among only 10% of U.S. schools with an LGBTQ center