DTA Highlights

Each month the Diversity Leadership Team spotlights a different DTA project. This month’s spotlight is on the project Building a Positive Campus Diversity Climate through the Inclusion of Individuals with Concealable Identities: A Curricular Approach

Program Summary: Diversity initiatives often focus on the recruitment and inclusion of traditionally underrepresented groups (e.g., women, persons of color, those with visible disabilities), and sometimes fail to account for individuals who face stigma and prejudice, but whose minority identity may not be readily apparent (e.g., LGBTQ individuals, those with invisible disabilities, and racial minorities whose minority status is not obvious). To increase awareness and acceptance of these groups, this yearlong project is aimed at developing evidence-based and intervention-focused curricular modules for undergraduate and graduate courses (initially in Psychology) focused on invisible stigma, diversity, and inclusion.

A Q&A with the DTA Team

Diversity Transformation Awards have been selected and are underway. The Diversity Leadership Team (DLT) invited members from the "Building a Positive Campus Diversity Climate through the Inclusion of Individuals with Concealable Identities: A Curricular Approach" DTA Team to talk about their program. Below are excerpts from the conversation.

DLT: Who are the people most directly involved in this project?


Drew Mallory describes the project and its core objectives

DLT: What are Invisible Identities?

Drew Mallory describes invisible identities and how failing to identify these affect the campus environment.

DLT: What really turns you on about this project?

Drew Mallory explains his passion for this project

DLT: How is this project transforming Purdue?

Drew Mallory identifies how this project is transforming Purdue

PI: Deborah Rupp, professor and William C. Byham Chair in industrial/organizational psychology
Team members: The project is being led by Deborah Rupp and Drew Mallory in the Purdue Department of Psychological Sciences, in strategic partnership with Purdue's LGBTQ Center, Latino Cultural Center, Disability Resource Center, Human Resources and the Office of Institutional Equity. Additional targeted strategic partners include the Black Cultural Center, Boiler Gold Rush, the Native American Educational and Cultural Center, and Purdue Fraternity, Sorority, and Cooperative Life.

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