Wednesday with Laverne Cox and Anant Agarwal


Ain’t I A Woman: My Journey to Womanhood- Laverne Cox
7 pm, Loeb Theater

Laverne Cox explores how the intersections of race, class, and gender uniquely affect the lives of trans women of color. Laverne draws from her own personal narrative to share how she has been able to navigate the world and all its challenges. From growing up in Mobile, Alabama, raised by a single mother in a Christian family, to attending college in New York City to pursue a career as an actress, to finally finding the courage to step into the womanhood she always knew at heart was her destiny, Cox tells the story of the unique challenges along her journey to womanhood, professional achievement, self-acceptance, and love.


Anant Agarwal

Presidential Lecture – Anant Agarwal
7 pm, Fowler Hall

Anant Agarwal is a founder and President of edX, a cutting-edge education innovation and research company that specializes in open-source education solutions. Agarwal will discuss the future of education and MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses).

Agarwal is an award-winning professor of engineering and computer science at MIT and was named in Forbes’ list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. 

The Presidential Lecture Series, a diverse new series of lectures on policy, leadership, culture and society. All lectures in the series are free and open to the public.

Boiler Blast Volunteers

Boiler Blast Extended Registration Deadline

Help the New Chauncey Neighbourhood out with some Spring Cleaning!

Help the New Chauncey Neighbourhood out with some Spring Cleaning!

Be one of over 1,000 students to serve in the community to assist with campus beautification or to help with spring chores for residents in the West Lafayette community.

This annual day of service will begin at 8am at Purdue Memorial Mall on Saturday, April 5th.  It will end around 2:30pm.

Free Breakfast, Lunch and T-shirt!

Registration deadline extended until next Wednesday, March 26thRegister Now!

More information: click here.   Register: click here.


Canoe at Camp Tecumseh

Nominations Sought for Emily Mauzy Vogel Sophomore Leadership Development Retreat

Canoe at Camp TecumsehAs the new academic year approaches, we are looking ahead to the fall and the 24th annual Emily Mauzy Vogel (EMV) Sophomore Leadership Development Retreat! We are striving to select a diverse delegation of students for this unique and wonderful event, and we need your help in identifying outstanding students for this opportunity. Nominate a candidate today! (login required)

Date: September 6th and 7th, 2014 at Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana.

Overview: This retreat is an intensive overnight program involving team building, leadership inventories, personal development, and will introduce participants to concepts surrounding strengths-based approaches to inclusive leadership. We are also excited to announce this year that we are piloting the retreat as a kick-off to an optional year-long experience for the student participants.

Cost: Each student who participates will pay a registration of $20. Included in this nominal fee are transportation, meals, conference materials, a T-shirt, and overnight lodging. We also have offered a partial scholarship to students who need a financial aid.

This retreat is made possible by a generous gift for leadership development from the late Robert and Ruth Mauzy, Purdue alumni.

Nominated students will receive an invitation to attend the retreat and students will be accepted on a first-come basis. Please complete the nomination form today! (login required)

Thank you for your help and continued support of students and their leadership development. If you have further questions, please email Sun Kim. I look forward to receiving your nominations!

Melissa Gruver
Assistant Dean of Students of Civic Engagement and Leadership Development

Student Life at Purdue University, from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs