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Diversity & Inclusion

members of the Daniels School student community

Purpose Statement

In the 2020-2021 academic year, the primary focus of the Committee’s activities will be initiatives to pursue racial justice and support Black Lives in the Daniels School of Business community and beyond with the following set of initiatives:

  1. Recruitment and Retention
    1. Maximizing Undergraduate Student Success
      1. Analysis of the school's Race and Ethnicity Report to identify barriers to success and to initiate change in existing policies and practices
    2. Faculty Success
      1. Analyze existing processes for recruiting, on-boarding, mentoring and development toward promotion and tenure for tenure track faculty to identify strategies to remove barriers to success.
      2. Identify strategies for increasing the diversity of individuals in the PhD pipeline
        1. Big 10 Doctoral Program for URM Students
        2. Develop programs to identify and mentor Undergraduate students from the Daniels School and the Social Sciences who may be interested in a PhD program in Economics or Management.
  2. Classroom Teaching/Curricular Planning
    1. Consider a required course on Diversity in the Workplace
    2. Provide Inclusion training for graduate instructors
    3. Establish a Daniels School-based Diversity Certificate, using existing courses and approved real project activities
    4. Requiring that each business school Major include the Cultural Competencies I and II.
  3. Co-curricular Programming for the Daniels School 
    1. Programming with Undergraduate Clubs/Organizations
    2. Provide Implicit bias training
    3. Strategies for converting the ”Pursuing Racial Justice Together” series into specific actions and programs to shift and improve the culture of the business school and Purdue

The Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Daniels School of Business provides vision, intellectual leadership, coordination, and planning to achieve excellence with diversity throughout our school. Our collective effort is to work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to develop school-wide  goals that uphold a shared belief in equity, respect, and belonging. The mission of the committee is to create an enriching and supportive climate that facilitates success in all members of the community. The Committee will be comprised of four faculty, four staff members, and two students. Terms will be for three years. The specific responsibilities of the committee are:

  • Serves as the liaison to the Office of the Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Advises the Dean of the Daniels School on issues and fiscal resources that relate to diversity, equity and inclusion.
  • Develops an annual action plan that supports excellence in diversity in the school
  • Conducts benchmark assessment of business school diversity initiatives against peer schools on campus and the broader business school community
  • Effectively manages the fiscal resources allocated to school diversity initiatives
  • Publicizes and encourages participation in events on campus organized by the Office of the Vice Provost of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Supports and monitors membership policies of Daniels School student organizations to insure compliance with University policies
  • Works with faculty to increase integration of diversity issues in the curriculum and programs offered by the school
  • Ensure that students and faculty have a way to report behaviors that are inconsistent with Purdue University’s Non-Discrimination Policy Statement.

Committee members 2022-23

  • Yong Bao
  • Tim Bond
  • Sameer Borwanker
  • Tom Brown
  • Amy David
  • Roy Dejoie - Co-Chair
  • Darren Henry - Co-Chair
  • Kijune Kim
  • Ellen Kossek
  • John Lewandowski
  • Yanjun Li
  • Tarani Merriweather
  • Abbey Mikesell
  • Cara Putman
  • Connie Reckowsky
  • Brian Roberson
  • David Schoorman
  • Laurie Smit
  • Darien Thompson
  • Jenna Wargo
  • Jon Ying

Darren L. Henry, Director of Diversity Initiatives and Managing Director, BOP Program
Krannert Building, Suite 361
Email:  Phone:  (765) 494-6602
Visit BOP to learn more. 


Brock-Wilson Center for Women in Business
Krannert Building, Room 357
Visit the Brock-Wilson Center for more.


  • ALPFA: Business organization for expanding opportunities for Latino Leadership in the global market
  • ASCEND: Pan-Asian organization for business professionals in North America
  • Forte’: The mission of Forte’ is to launch women into fulfilling, significant careers through access to business education, professional development, and a community of successful women.
  • Krannert Out: Unity for the Krannert LGBTQ community and supportive allies
  • Society of Minority Managers (SMM): Professional organization for historically underrepresented minority students within the School of Management
  • Purdue Student Veteran Organization: Support and camaraderie for any and all military connected students of Purdue University
  • Women in Business (WIB): Organization that works closel with the goal of creating a world with more women leaders