Welcome back! Whether you join the fall semester in person or virtually, I know that we are all wrapping up a unique summer in preparation for a first-of-its-kind fall semester at the Purdue Polytechnic Institute. I am extremely proud of the innovative solutions our faculty and staff have implemented in order to deliver the best instructional experience to each of our students while following COVID-19 precautions.
We each are charged with maintaining a safe college environment for students, faculty and staff. That means that we will lead by example and follow all of the University’s guidelines related to protecting ourselves and each other. As the semester continues, please look for the weekly Protect Purdue email update and visit the Protect Purdue website, which includes information for faculty and staff, for the latest on requirements, precautions and best practices.
I would also like to take this opportunity to emphasize our dedication to improving diversity, equity and inclusion in our college. From 2013 to 2019, the Polytechnic’s minority population increased by 33%, but we still have much more work to do. I have assembled a work group to focus more closely on these issues, and I invite you to share your ideas and suggestions for making the Polytechnic an even better place to learn and work.