The Office of Multicultural Programs was formed in 1992 as the Office of Minority Programs. Its mission is to enhance the success and professional development of program participants, and to promote cultural awareness and understanding within the College.
Foundation elements for the Multicultural Programs include proactive counseling, a demand for and commitment to excellence, and the creation of a supportive community structure. A recent article from The Purdue Pharmacist gives the history and development of Multicultural Programs. All activities and experiences are pedagogically based and integral in efforts to successfully recruit, retain, and graduate students - irrespective of ethnicity. It should be noted that participation in Multicultural Programs is not limited to students of any particular heritage.
In the Spring of 2005, Jackie Jimerson, Director of Multicultural Programs, was awarded Purdue's One Brick Higher award.