women and minorities

Charlotte Tuggle / WBAA

Only 31-percent of registered voters in Tippecanoe County actually voted in last year’s general election. That anemic turnout was still double what the primary election registered. Both elections were in keeping with similar trends at the state level.

The Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters, the Hanna Community Center and the group Citizens for Civil Rights are trying to address those worrying statistics by pondering an age-old problem: how to get young and minority voters more invested in politics.

Mark Simons / Purdue University

A five-year plan for the College of Engineering at Purdue includes hiring more faculty and staff who are women and minorities. That’s one part of the effort to add 107 professors.

Leah Jamieson, the John Edwardson Dean of Engineering, says women are nearly 16% of the college’s faculty now, while under-represented minorities are 7% of the total. She says most of this year will be spent developing a strategy for hiring.