PNW Faculty Awarded 2022 MLK Dreamer Award

January 12, 2022

PNW anti-racism series logo is pictured.

Dear Campus Community,

I am happy to announce that Professor Deepa Majumdar and Associate Professor Karen Bishop Morris have been selected as recipients of the 2022 Purdue University Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamer Award.

The Dreamer Award recognizes individuals or an organization within the Purdue University community whose contributions embody Dr. King’s vision of service to others and furthers the university’s commitment to diversity.

Deepa and Karen Headshots

Karen Bishop (featured left) and Deepa Majumdar (featured right) have been selected as recipients of the 2022 Purdue University Martin Luther King, Jr. Dreamer Award.

Deepa and Karen are being recognized for developing the PNW Series on Race, Racism, Anti-Racism that was launched in the fall of 2020. The series confronts racial injustice through the lenses of protest, contemporary politics, criminal justice, healthcare disparities, education, and STEM.

Now in its fourth semester, the talks highlight faculty from all three of the Purdue-system campuses having more than 1,200 registrants since its inception. The body of work includes 12 interactive lectures, with five more scheduled for this semester.

Through the development of the Race, Racism, Anti-Racism series and living out PNW’s core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Deepa and Karen have embodied the true meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s servant leadership.

For more information about this year’s winners of the Dreamer Award, please see Purdue Today.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Majumdar and Dr. Bishop Morris.

Thomas L. Keon
Chancellor, Purdue University Northwest