A champion for diversity at IU

Diversity is one of the most powerful gifts a university can offer. The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs ensures that all Indiana University campuses celebrate diversity and empower all students, faculty, staff, and alumni to do their best work.

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We welcome you to explore Indiana University’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs’ 2015-16 Annual Report. In it, you will note evidence of the strong, ongoing commitment IU has to diversity and inclusion. While OVPDEMA and IU as a whole understand that there is further work to do in order to create an environment that is welcoming to all students, we believe that we have made significant progress in that area, and will continue to make great strides.

Excelling in Diversity

Insight Into Diversity, the oldest and largest diversity-focused magazine in higher education, recently honored the IU Bloomington campus with a Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award for the second year in a row, while the IUPUI campus won a HEED Award for the fifth consecutive year.

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A Welcoming Campus

Campus Pride, a national nonprofit network of student leaders and campus groups devoted to improving college life for lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, and queer students across the U.S., named IU Bloomington in its 2016 list of top LBGTQ-friendly colleges, an accolade the campus received for the fourth time.

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Finding a home at La Casa

Gabriel Escobedo, Graduate Assistant at La Casa Latino Cultural Center

“Immediately, the directors treated me like family. I felt like they were my aunts.”

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From barely speaking to Commencement speaker

Grace Shen, 2016 IU Bloomington Commencement Speaker

“When you do start the conversation, you learn a lot from each other.”

Read Grace’s story

The first in her family to go to college

Chantel White, Groups Scholar

“Our parents tried as hard as they could, but they didn’t know the first thing about buying college textbooks.”

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Diversity and multiculturalism show the true strength of a campus. In order to tackle broader issues facing us, we must bring together and reconcile our differences, and tap into the wealth of our diversity.

Mark Jallayu, IU Southeast Student Government Association President


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