Purdue Celebrates Black Excellence

Purdue celebrates the impact and excellence of Black Boilermakers 

Our university is committed to honoring the Black students, alumni, faculty and staff who have had pivotal roles in shaping our community. We look up to the individuals from our history who made memorable contributions and thank those who continue to do so today.  

See the outstanding achievements of Black Boilermakers, from those creating a more inclusive campus to ones taking giant leaps around the world. 

Purdue University professor in Indianapolis Katrenia Reed Hughes

A ‘forever professor’ for Purdue students in Indianapolis

Katrenia Reed Hughes feels a responsibility to help the students she teaches achieve long-term success.

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Justin Scott

DSS special agent Justin Scott: From Purdue to the U.S. Department of State

Justin Scott’s globe-spanning career packs more action in a day than seems possible.

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Shye Robinson in Washington, D.C.

Encouraging progress in policies and programs

What motivates the president of Purdue Student Government? “Giving back is my priority,” Shye Robinson says.

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Purdue University
Black Cultural Center 

A vibrant element of university life, the Purdue Black Cultural Center offers a wealth of programs and services for the entire campus community. The BCC brings together the diversity of the Purdue family by nurturing and presenting the rich heritage of the African American experience through art, history and cultural understanding.

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