A safe, welcoming home away from home

Learning from people with different backgrounds, values, and perspectives enriches the student experience and benefits everyone involved.

In 1999, Indiana University established the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) to cultivate a diverse, inclusive environment that supports equal access, participation, and representation on all IU campuses.

OVPDEMA serves as an advocate to replace obstacles with opportunities, so that minority and underrepresented students, faculty, and staff find a sense of belonging at IU.

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OVPDEMA plays a significant role in recruiting, retaining, and graduating minority students. We work with diversity offices on all IU campuses to move these initiatives forward.

OVPDEMA focuses on:

  • Recruitment and retention of faculty and staff
  • Recruitment, retention, and timely graduation of undergraduate and graduate students
  • Promoting a welcoming and positive campus climate
  • Engaging in outreach and advocacy, locally and nationally

Keeping our promise

Indiana University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion dates back to the time of former IU President Herman B Wells, who passionately ended institutional segregation and encouraged the growth of minority communities at IU.

This commitment continues today as a core component of the university’s mission to provide educational and career opportunities for all.

100+diversity events held each year

100+students prepared and sent overseas each semester

120staff members operating 16 programs and centers

I am truly privileged to be part of IU, where differences are embraced and valued rather than simply tolerated. Students from all backgrounds walk and learn together on our campuses, and as a result the legacy of our great university is one of rich diversity and inclusivity.

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs James Wimbush