Tyrell Connor

While the spring semester is over for Purdue students, some will be on campus this summer, working on diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Organizers say the effort is designed to foster an open dialogue on such things as race, gender equality and religious tolerance. But graduate student Tyrell Connor says no one wants it to be a case of pointing fingers at certain people or groups.

Anti-racism march at Purdue

Apr 22, 2013
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More than 200 members of the campus community are raising awareness of racism at Purdue and asking the administration to do something about it.

Monday's march began at the Black Cultural Center and went to the Memorial Mall before ending at the steps of Hovde Hall.

Chris Warren works in the university’s American Studies program and says the impression he got from those watching the march is that people don’t care about the issue.

Purdue investigating racist incident on campus

Sep 21, 2012

Purdue is investigating an incident earlier this week in the Krannert Library.

University police are following up on a racist note that was written on a whiteboard at the library.

Christine Taylor is the Vice Provost for Diversity at Purdue. She says she is saddened the incident, but is not calling it a hate crime. Taylor says while it was racially motivated, no law was broken, so it's classified as a case of "racial bias."

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A group of students is asking the Purdue Board of Trustees to do more to fight racism and discrimination.

About a dozen students stood up at the beginning of the board’s committee meeting, holding signs that reflect some requests they’ve made in a petition. After about ten minutes, the group walked out of the meeting, holding their signs and some with their fists in the air.