A student organization that will join tonight’s discussion between Purdue’s president, the former U.S. Speaker of the House and a former senator spent time talking with students on campus Tuesday afternoon.

Representatives from Purdue Political Discourse Club asked students to share their opinions on “cancel culture” in a tally mark chart outside the Wilmeth Active Learning Center. WALC.

“Today our goal is mainly outreach to get our club more known,” said Joshua Reeder, a sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and outreach lead for the PDC.

Reeder said student engagement was lower due to the pandemic, but said he was happy with the turnout at the event.

“We’ve had a lot of good discussions with people, some longer ones,” he said. “At the next meeting we’re going to talk about cancel culture, like what’s on the whiteboard.”

The Political Discourse Club aims to encourage political discussion among students.

“The goal is to talk about politics, not scream and yell at each other, but talk nice and civilly about it,” Reeder said.

The club also helps encourage political participation during election seasons.

“We were part of the Purdue Votes Coalition last semester, and we helped a lot with voter registration. We had our own table for National Voter Registration day,” said Logan Faircloth, a sophomore in the college of liberal arts and outreach director for PDC.

Club members also want to create collaboration between other political organizations on campus.

“(On Wednesday) we have an event with Paul Ryan (former U.S. Speaker of the House) and Senator Heitkamp (former U.S. Senator), and we’re doing that with Purdue College Democrats, Purdue College Republicans, Turning Point USA, and Pi Sigma Alpha,” Faircloth said.

Reporting done by Phoenix Dimagiba, Staff Reporter.