Mission Statement

The Department of Health and Kinesiology at Purdue University serves our students, faculty and staff by creating a safe and welcoming atmosphere that fosters diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and success for each individual. The department is committed to closing the diversity, equity and inclusion gap as we strive for intellectual humility*.

*Intellectual humility is a mindset that guides our intellectual conduct. In particular, it involves recognizing and owning our intellectual limitations in the service of pursuing deeper knowledge, truth, and understanding. Such a mindset appears to be valuable in many domains of life — from education to interreligious dialogue to public discourse. It promises to help us avoid headstrong decisions and erroneous opinions, and allows us to engage more constructively with our fellow citizens. John Templeton Foundation

Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Social Justice Education (2nd Ed.), (2014), p 8, Sensoy & DiAngelo

Director and Committees

Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Brandon Yates

Brandon Yates, Ph.D.(c), MS, CSCS
Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Ismail Center
College of Health and Human Sciences

(765) 496-6449


Faculty and Staff Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are core to the mission and values of HHS.

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Contact Us

For questions, concerns or to learn more about diversity, equity and inclusion in the Department of Health and Kinesiology (HK), please reach out to Brandon Yates, HK diversity, equity and inclusion director, at bayates@purdue.edu.