About

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

Cultural Involvement

We support centers, offices, and organizations that focus on cultural awareness and cross-cultural competencies across all IU campuses.

Cultural involvement

Academic Support

We pair students with peer mentors, tutors, and financial aid. We also provide academic support, mentoring services, and leadership development for minority students, faculty, and staff.

Academic services

Scholar Opportunities

We fund scholarships and scholars programs for current and incoming IU students, specifically those from underrepresented and minority backgrounds.

Minority scholarships