HHS Connex

Embrace Your Boilermaker Community Through HHS Connex

In the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), we stand together to support your next giant leap. Through the new HHS Connex program, you’ll have access to additional events, activities and experiences beyond existing HHS programming that are designed to foster community, belongingness and allyship among HHS undergraduate students. The program is sponsored by the HHS Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and the HHS Undergraduate DEI Committee.

Stay up to date on the latest activities and learn more about DEI in HHS by following @HHSConnex on Instagram. Please email us at hhsconnex@purdue.edu with any questions, comments or suggestions.

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HHS Connex Summer Experience

The HHS Connex Summer Experience is a new program designed to welcome underrepresented first-year students (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, as well as first-generation, rural and limited-income students) in the College of Health and Human Sciences (HHS), although any student may apply and be accepted.

Part of Purdue’s Early Start program, the HHS Connex Summer Experience offers you the opportunity to get a head start on your academics, learn about resources, build community, participate in events and immerse yourself in the college when campus is less busy, allowing you to become acclimated and have a successful transition to Purdue.

By participating in the HHS Connex Summer Experience, you will join a cohort of students and generate community and connection through:

  • Formal and informal mentoring from HHS mentors, building peer networks, and learning about academic success resources and other support services.
  • College-specific extracurricular activities.
  • Participation in a small, cohort-style course that promotes shared engagement.
  • Professional networking and early career exploration events organized in partnership with HHS Career Development.
  • Opportunities to learn about undergraduate research from HHS faculty.

Program Details and Requirements

Connex students enroll in seven to nine credit hours, including the following:

  • PSY 12000 (for HHS Connex students only)
  • HONR 19900 or GS 19501
  • One additional course offered during the summer

All courses must be taken in-person. Distance learning will not be allowed to facilitate the residential aspect of the HHS Connex Summer Experience. The only exception will be for students who have already received credit for PSY 12000 and for whom no other suitable courses are offered in-person. All students will stay in the same residence hall and engage in peer mentoring activities.

Additional Required Activities

In addition to participating in required Early Start events, students will be required to engage in the following HHS-specific activities:

  • A formal VIP welcome dinner where students can meet and hear from HHS leadership.
  • A networking event with recent alumni from a variety of fields and careers, where you can hear about their experiences as HHS students and collect advice for success as a Boilermaker.
  • Faculty research lab visits alongside your peer mentor to learn more about research opportunities.
  • A professional purposes workshop offered by HHS Career Development.
  • A closing celebration to reflect on your successes.

Application Process

For information about applying, please contact Tammy Conard-Salvo.

Financial aid and scholarships are available.


The priority deadline for applications is April 10, 2023. Then, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis (space permitting) until June 10, 2023.