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Cultural and Identity Resources


Cultural and Identity Resources

Your identity matters to you and it matters to us too. As a student at Purdue Fort Wayne, we hope you identify as a Mastodon (Go Dons!). We also know that your country of origin, culture, gender, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, and life experiences are extremely important to who you are as a person. The resources below provide support for your identity, a sense of community, and fellowship. You belong here.


Career Development Center

Find your fit! The Career Development Center is committed to supporting your identity whether cultural, gender or other. They can help you navigate the challenge of finding compatible employers where the culture and hiring process is welcoming for all types of positions: internships, part-time or full-time. They can also assist to prepare you for those interviews which might be challenging or intrusive.

Career Development Center Website


Disability Access Center (DAC)

The Disability Access Center is committed to promoting and ensuring equal access and opportunity for students with disabilities at Purdue Fort Wayne. Students with disabilities can work with the center to access reasonable accommodations and other support. We also work with campus partners to create an inclusive university experience and environment. Contact us at [email protected] or 260-481-6657 to learn more.

Visit one of our low sensory spaces in the Disability Access Center, Walb Student Union, Room 113, OR inside the Center for Student Counseling in Kettler Hall, next to Einstein Bros. Bagels.

Disability Access Center Website


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

In order to embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and move this work forward at Purdue University Fort Wayne we must:

  • Foster collaborative strategies. Find ways to partner across campus to increase diversity, ensure inclusivity, and share strategies that bring about equity for all.
  • Openness to varied ideas. Be open to a varied of innovative and different ideas that contributes intentionally to our university strategic plan.
  • Realistic strategy building. Always aiming for the sky; consider that realistic strategy building is more productive to the success of DEI at Purdue Fort Wayne. "Never win the battle to lose the war."
  • Willingness to learn, grow, and ACT together.
  • Align mission/vision to all DEI work.
  • Role model change.
  • Determined to remove systemic barriers.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Website


Military Student Services (MSS)

The Office of Military Student Services provides assistance for veteran, active military, and military- connected students, as they transition to and through Purdue Fort Wayne. Students can receive guidance about and access to military education benefits, personal and professional development, and camaraderie with their peers.

Services and programs that we provide include the following:

  • Assistance with understanding the variety of military educational benefits at the state and federal level available to a student
  • Application fee waiver for veterans
  • Coordination of services including Disability Access Center and military leaves with Dean of Students
  • Annual events including Military Appreciation Day and Veteran’s Day “Serving Those Who Serve” Brunch
  • Faculty and staff Green Zone training

Military Student Services Website 


Office of International Education

Our emphasis is on creating a welcoming environment that, in turn, builds trust and fosters personal and intellectual growth that you can take back to your home country. We promote cross-cultural awareness and seek to build mutual respect by providing a venue for cultural, educational, and social events for students, faculty, and the community at large.

Let International Education help you maximize your Purdue Fort Wayne experience. We have a wide range of knowledge and experience in many areas to ease your transition to a new university—and a new home in a new country. Come to us for assistance with a variety of topics, including the following:

  • International admissions
  • Credential evaluations for any applicant that has completed coursework outside the US.
  • International transfer credit
  • I-20 issuance for degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students
  • DS-2019 issuance for exchange students and visiting scholars
  • Monitoring students’ immigration status.
  • International-student and international-scholar advising
  • Social and cultural advising
  • International student orientation
  • Cultural programming for the campus community.

Our team is dedicated to supporting you during your time at Purdue University Fort Wayne. Consider us your home away from home.

Office of International Education Website

Office of Student Conduct and Care

The Office of Student Conduct and Care is a critical resource for students, faculty, and staff, providing proactive and reactive education and outreach, assisting in conflict resolution, and advancing the holistic development and well-being of students. Caring and supportive professional staff promote accountability, integrity, and respect and provide a safe space where students can be heard.

Office of Student Conduct and Care Website


Office of Student Leadership

Take the time to learn about yourself and others with Student Leadership Programs! We work to explore and develop their capacity to lead, communicate, and appreciate difference. Engagement with student leadership programs will help students prepare to step into the world as leaders in their careers and communities. We offer off-campus retreats as well as numerous on-campus workshops for students to engage and build their leadership skills!

Office of Student Leadership Website


PFW Community Counseling Center

The PFW Community Counseling Center provides services to members of the community. Call us at 260-481-5405 to make an appointment. All session appointments will be scheduled during the following hours of operation:

Monday: 5–8 p.m.
Tuesday: noon–2:30 p.m., 5–8 p.m.
Wednesday: 5-8 p.m.
Thursday: 5–8 p.m.

All inquiries are treated confidentially.

PFW Community Counseling Center Website


Q Center

"All young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential." – Harvey Milk.

The Q Center is committed to the work of building this learning environment for LGBTQIA+ students, creating spaces for connection and community, and equipping faculty and staff with the necessary tools to be effective allies in the quest for equity and acceptance.

Q Center Website


The Center for Student Counseling

The Center for Student Counseling provides services to PFW students. The Center for Student Counseling is open for appointments and walk-in counseling for PFW students.

Call us at 260-481-6200 to make an appointment. All session appointments will be scheduled during the following hours of operation:

Monday: 9- 4pm
Tuesday: 9- 8pm
Wednesday: 9- 4pm
Thursday: 9- 4pm
Friday: 9- noon

The Center for Student Counseling is housed on the ground floor of Kettler Hall at the end of the corridor between the Department of Anthropology and Einstein Bros. Bagels.

All inquiries are treated confidentiality.


The Multicultural Center

The Multicultural Center at Purdue Fort Wayne is committed to the engagement, retention, and graduation of students of color. We embrace intersecting differences, advocate for social justice, and cultivate a campus climate that values all individuals.

Multicultural Center Website


Title IX

“No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any educational program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”

—Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 to the 1964 Civil Rights Act

As Purdue University Fort Wayne’s Title IX officer, Christine M. Marcuccilli is responsible for coordinating the university’s compliance with Title IX, including overseeing all complaints of sex discrimination and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints.

Title IX Website


TRIO Student Support Services

TRIO SSS is a dedicated space for first-generation college students to thrive! The program offers a variety of supports for first-generation students to aid in college retention and completion.

The program offers support services for self-development as well as academic progress. Here are   some services provided:

  • Individualized one-on-one educational advising
  • Workshops focused on first-generation student needs
  • Cultural programming, events, and trips
  • Leadership-development opportunities
  • Peer mentoring
  • Financial aid and financial-literacy programming
  • Student writing/publishing opportunities
  • Tutoring referrals/assistance
  • Writing workshops
  • Team-building activities
  • Volunteer activities
  • Social functions
  • Student employment opportunities

TRIO Student Support Services Website

Women’s Center

The Women’s Center is committed to providing purposeful programs and services that support and encourage women at PFW. We will advocate for our students with families and lead in celebrating the importance of women as an integral part of Purdue Fort Wayne.

Women's Center Website