Tackling pandemics new and old, Indiana University is investing in additional racial justice research and is creating a task force to address the negative impact COVID-19 has had on female researchers at IU.
IU’s Anti-Racist Initiatives
We talked with six individuals from the IU community—alumni, professors, students, and staff—and asked them to weigh in on the most effective ways to support the Black community. Here’s what they have to say.
Following the killing of George Floyd in May 2020, statements of solidarity with Black Lives Matter and the Black community abounded, issued by hundreds of businesses, organizations and institutions, large and small. But how did Black Americans respond to these statements?
Perspectives on race, law, and equality: A speaker series offered by the Big 10 law schools. This 12-week series consists of lectures relating to race, law, equality, and other relevant issues. Presented by the Big 10 law schools.
The main purpose of the Police Chief Community Advisory Board is to serve as a resource and connection between an Indiana University Police Department campus division and the students, faculty, staff and the communities the division serves.
IU will work to address and improve upon existing university diversity programs and policies concerning faculty, students, staff, administration, procurement, and the IU Police Department.
The University Naming Committee will lead a systematic review of all named buildings and structures across all IU campuses with the goal of possible removal of the names of individuals from buildings whose beliefs are in opposition with IU’s fundamental ideals.
The Racial Justice Research Fund will provide start-up research grants and connect researchers working on racial equity and justice issues.
The IU School of Medicine was recently awarded a $7 million grant to teach medical students about health disparities in minority communities.
The Pandemic Health Disparities Fund is a fund dedicated to providing specific programs related to public health and safety measures for Black and Hispanic communities who have been disproportionally affected by COVID-19.
Wayne James, assistant vice president and deputy superintendent for law enforcement operations, diversity, and community engagement, will serve police chiefs on all seven IU campuses, broadening the focus on diversity and inclusion within IUPD and strengthening IUPD's connection to the larger campus community on these issues.
Watson will lead efforts related to the office's anti-racist agenda for all IU campuses. He will also provide strategic direction for supporting a university culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.