BA 2016, Political Science
Assistant Director, Student-Alumni Programs, Purdue Alumni Association
LaDarius Gorden graduated from Purdue University in 2016 and went on to work for Purdue Research Foundation as an intern with the CASE Advancement Internship Program, then Alumni Engagement and Event Assistant at Purdue Alumni Association, and finally as the Assistant Director, Student-Alumni Programs at Purdue Alumni Association. In this role, he oversees development of the Senior Year Experience, Graduate student engagement programs, and Recent Graduate programs which provides aid in the transition process from student to successful alum. Once alumni status is established, LaDarius is there to present opportunities and advice that will aid in post-graduate life to ensure that recent alum are utilizing all resources the Purdue Alumni Association make available in order to build the foundation to a prosperous career.
Purdue Alumni Association is the gateway for loyal alumni and friends to build relationships with each other and Purdue University. As the ninth largest dues-paying alumni association in the nation, we are dedicated to providing you with the programs and services you need to stay connected to Purdue. The Purdue Alumni Association exists to encourage the interest of alumni and friends in the University and in each other and to contribute to the quality and progress of Purdue. Our vision is to relentlessly deliver Purdue to Alumni and Alumni to Purdue. Purdue Alumni advances its vision with world-class excellence in all facets of the organization with the übergoal of becoming the most impactful alumni organization in the world — for members, for alumni, and for Purdue.
LaDarius’ varied background in student affairs, peer mentoring, and fundraising has fueled him to position he is in today. He is very passionate about giving back to the community through service and advocacy, making sure that he stays directly connected in order to walk with individuals on the path to success. Being a First Generation college graduate, his primary goal is to show that he is a living testament of an individual who has been resilient in life’s battles and that no amount of trouble can prevent anyone from staying determined to reach their goals and true potential.