Dr. James Jones Receives NAMEPA Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award

The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. James “Jim” Jones as the 2016 NAMEPA Diversity and Inclusion Champion Award recipient. An avid supporter of diversity, equity and inclusion at Purdue University, Dr. Jones serves as the main advisor for all Black/African-American mechanical engineering students. He was also instrumental in preparing a proposal to be submitted to the Office of the Provost at Purdue to enhance recruitment, enrollment, and retention of underrepresented minority students, faculty and staff, and to study factors affecting inclusiveness and success of URM students and faculty within the mechanical engineering department. The proposal, Strengthening the Purdue Pipeline for Underrepresented Minority Student Matriculation: Addressing Financial Constraints, Improving Retention, and Assessing Student Experiences was selected among 64 applicants as one of 9 award recipients. This accomplishment, coupled with the years of support Jim has provided to the Academic Success Center within the Minority Engineering Program at Purdue University distinguishes his commitment to this work.

The NAMEPA Diversity and Inclusion Champion award was established to honor an individual faculty member who has catalyzed change to help students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations overcome historic barriers. Awardees have gone above and beyond the basic responsibilities of a faculty member and are instrumental in the success of students from URM groups in engineering. This award aims to recognize the nontraditional perspective of faculty as student support personnel critical to cultivating diversity and inclusion in engineering within our partner institutions.

NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations who share a common commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students earning degrees in engineering. NAMEPA promotes the professional development of its members and serves as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent.

NAMEPA is very grateful for Jim’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dr. James Jones will be recognized at the 37th Annual NAMEPA National Conference in West Lafayette, IN at Purdue University, October 1st – 4th, 2016.