Profile Story - Leading the Charge

Leading the Charge

In recent years, young people have shown that their voices matter. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the 2022 midterm elections, where voters ages 18-24 turned out in droves to wield their influence on issues that they believe will move the country in a positive direction.

Indeed, their presence at the ballot box and beyond demonstrates the power of today’s youth to make a difference. They are engaged, committed to advancing social justice, and unified in believing they can advocate for positive and productive change.

Indiana University has made a bold commitment to diversity, anti-racism, and social justice as part of its work to create a more just and equitable higher education community. The Jane Jorgensen Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Internship is an extension of this commitment.

Created in May 2021 by Jane and Jay Jorgensen, the effort is designed to enhance the leadership skills of students and promote an understanding of anti-racist principles, diversity, and equity.

This spring, the program welcomed its first cohort of students: Bukola Fasipe, Stephanie Mokube, and Bhavika Khamesra, all of IU Bloomington.

I hope to open their eyes to what minorities face on this campus and maybe even initiate change in their leadership roles.

Stephanie Mokube