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Mission: The Diversity Roundtable of Greater Lafayette works toward inclusion by encouraging access, equity and respect for all.

The Diversity Roundtable is committed to addressing multiple dimensions of human diversity, specifically those that are linked to conditions in our community that result from prejudice and discrimination.

The Diversity Roundtable provides leadership and promotes strategies to achieve a culture that values diversity as evidenced by attitudes, policies and practices within Lafayette, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County, Indiana.

Diversity Glossary: Text / Interactive
Meetings: First Thursday each month, 11:30 a.m., YWCA, 605 N. 6th St., Lafayette (map); open to the public.
The Diversity Roundtable is a commmittee of Greater Lafayette Commerce. The YWCA works in collaboration with the Diversity Roundtable.

The Compassionate Pledge

I pledge to be Open-. Open to new ideas; Open to the future; Open to talent in all its shapes, sizes, and colors; Open to people from around the world; Open to the contributions that businesses and nonprofits and the arts and wacky entrepreneurs make to our community; Open to the Future.

By signing this pledge, I commit to Open myself to learning about other cultures. I commit to speak up when others talk down about cultural or minority groups. I commit to giving a part of my time, energy, or treasure to burnishing Greater Lafayette's reputation as a place that's great for all people.

lf l serve in a leadership role, I recommit to our unwritten vows of cooperation and collaboration, knowing that Greater Lafayette's strength is working together, across the Wabash, shoulder to shoulder.

We are collecting signatures. To add you name please send an email to

Greater Lafayette Diversity Groups and Political Action Groups

Note: for email replace the (at] with the @ character
Diversity Groups

Citizens for Civil Rights
Mary Finnegan

Diversity Round Table
Barbara Clark, barbclark(at]

Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies
Kirsten Serrano, smallwonder(at]

Greater Lafayette Indiana Black Expo
Jesse Moore, jmoore621(at]
Pamela Walker-Stokes, youth chair, pawstokes(at]

Indian Women’s Association

Three selected as winners for GLC Diversity Roundtable's Diversity Best Practices Awards

LAFAYETTE – The Lafayette Police Department, the YWCA Greater Lafayette and Renee Thomas, of the Purdue University Black Cultural Center have been selected winners of diversity awards from the Greater Lafayette Commerce's Diversity Roundtable, the committee announced.

The Lafayette Police Department will be given the 2017 Workforce Diversity Best Practices Award for its outstanding community outreach initiatives and recruiting efforts. The YWCA Greater Lafayette will receive the roundtable's 2017 DRT Diversity Leader Awards for nonprofits for its continued outstanding service in addressing diversity issues in the community. For the individual DRT Diversity Leader Award, Thomas, the longtime director of the Black Cultural Center, was recognized for her consistent dedication to the students at Purdue, bringing events of the BCC to Greater Lafayette and her community involvement at-large.

"The winners have all made a commitment to making Greater Lafayette a welcoming community for everyone," said Clyde Hughes, the DRT awards committee chair and outgoing co-facilitator. "Greater Lafayette is a better place in terms of diversity and inclusion because of their great work and dedication."

The awards will be presented at the Greater Lafayette Commerce's annual gala at Purdue University Ross-Ade Stadium on September 20.

New Diversity Links

We have updated the diversity links that run along the right side of this page, and added some new ones!
The list is also available in the "Read More" section of this announcement. Click to see...

Diversity Summit 2019

Save the Date for the 2019 Diversity Summit. It will be April 24, 2019 from 8:30 – 3:30 at Ivy Tech. The keynote speaker will be Mr. Bryant Smith.

Cultural Communication Training for Law Enforcement Officers

Module 1 (Group of 12 or less in attendance)

Training: 2 hours (could run longer if participants need more time)


  1. Define effective communication
  2. Discuss why differences are important
  3. Talk about the commonalities
  4. What is the positive outcome of learning to communicate with different cultures


  1. "Cultural Hearing"...what does this mean?
  2. What did you say? What was actually heard? (role play)
  3. How different cultures analyze words

4 police agencies on their diversity efforts

A Diversity Roundtable subcommittee asked police agencies in Lafayette, Purdue, West Lafayette and Tippecanoe County about their diveristy efforts, and here's what they found:
What agency or individual offers diversity training to your officers?

  • LPD: The training officer at LAPD has a background in cultural anthropology and conducts diversity training for the department. In addition, James Foster, diversity consultant from the community, also did training in 2009.
  • PUPD: In the past, training has been provided by the Indiana Law Enforcement Association consultants, also a consultant from Dr. Taylor’s office (Division of Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue). Currently the department is using PoliceOne Academy (on line videos) for training re: diversity, using a train-the-trainer approach.
  • TCSD: Training has been conducted by local diversity consultants James Foster and Willie Cruz.
  • WLPD: Sana Booker, local diversity consultant, recently offered cultural communication training to officers. A training on student diversity will be offered by a consultant from the Office of International Students and Scholars later this year.

What diverse populations are covered in the training?


Diversity Roundtable Summit April 23 at IV Tech Lafayette

Join us for the 2015 Diversity Summit featuring keynote speaker Dr. Derald Wing Sue from Columbia University. Dr. Sue will be presenting on Microaggressions. The summit will be Thursday, April 23 starting at 11 a.m., at Ivy Tech Community College 3101 S. Creasy Lane, Lafayette, IN 47903-6299

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Upcoming 2015 Events

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration
    • 11 a.m. Jan. 19, Tippecanoe County Public Library, 627 South St.
    • Local resident Tom Brown will explore King’s 1967 speech, “Beyond Vietnam,” which denounced America's war in Vietnam.
  • Conversation Circles
    • The community-building arm of the Diversity Roundtable is holding its January call-out from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at the downtown library branch.
    • The call-out is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the circles, which aim to foster a better sense of community through respectful listening and sharing of diverse experiences.
    • A training session on Conversation Circle facilitation also will be offered Jan. 18. For more information on this session, email drtconversationcircles (at)
  • Congress Street United Methodist Church programs
    • Last fall, the church organized a communitywide discussion series based on the book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”
    • It plans on having another discussion series on race at the end of February.
    • Organizers are considering books that explore the concept of ”white privilege.“
  • 1 in 4 Campaign
    • Michael Oxenrider, director of education and marketing for Mental Health America of Tippecanoe, is recruiting community members for a photography project that shows 1 in 4 people is affected by mental illness.
    • If interested, call Oxenrider at 765-742-1800.
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About the Diversity Roundtable

Greater Lafayette Commerce new logo
337 Columbia Street
Lafayette, IN 47902-0348
Phone: (765) 742-4044
Fax: (765) 742-6276
Email: , Program Manager of Membership
Listening, Learning, and Acting. Open to All
Meetings are the first Thursday of each month, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m., YWCA, 605 N. Sixth St., Lafayette (map). Everyone interested is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Meetings include:
  • A short structured program
  • Sub-committee reports
  • General discussion
  • Hot topics
  • Announcements

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Contact Information
Lafayette Human Relations Commission
Lafayette City Hall
20 N. Sixth St.
Lafayette, IN 47901

Please contact Aimee Jacobsen () with the Lafayette Community Development Department at (765) 807-1090 if you have any questions or concerns about the complaint process.

Note: If you click on one of these PDF or DOC files they will open in a new window or tab:
Brochure in English (PDF)
Brochure in Spanish (PDF)
Complaint form in English (PDF) (DOC)
Complaint form in Spanish (PDF)(DOC)

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West Lafayette

Contact Information
West Lafayette Human Relations Commission
West Lafayette City Hall
609 W. Navajo St.
West Lafayette, IN 47906

(765) 775-5100

Note: If you click on one of these PDF files they will open in a new window or tab:
Brochure in English (PDF)
Brochure in Spanish (PDF)
Brochure in Japanese (PDF)
Complaint Form in English (PDF)
Complaint Form in Spanish (PDF)
Complaint Form in Japanese (PDF)

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Tippecanoe County

Contact Information
Tippecanoe Co. Human Relations Commission
Tippecanoe County Office Building
20 N. Third St.
Lafayette, IN 47901-1214

Chair: (765) 423-9215

Note: If you click on one of these PDF files they will open in a new window or tab:
Brochure (PDF)
Complaint form (fill-in PDF)

Web site