Indiana University has made a bold commitment to continue as a leading institution contributing to social justice initiatives. A newly endowed gift made by Jane and Jay Jorgensen provides an opportunity to advance in that area. The Jane Jorgensen Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Internship empowers motivated and ambitious students to develop as extraordinary leaders who will transform society and be recruited as top candidates to diversify university professional staff further. The program makes a conscious effort to provide IU with a pool of competitive, diverse leaders familiar with the university's context to consider for future employment. These student leaders will continue to support IU in its commitment to being an anti-racist institution addressing social justice issues. The renewable internship, housed within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA), is looking for undergraduate and graduate students who have a wide range of talents and skills and, more importantly, students underrepresented in leadership roles across the institution.
The internship provides:
- Personal and professional development for underrepresented IU students wishing to enhance their skillset related to understanding anti-racist principles, diversity, equity, inclusion, and leadership.
- Valuable mentorship and direct work experience with various leaders in multiple offices across the university.
- Opportunities to enhance personal philosophies of leadership including understanding oneself and the university's structures and accepting responsibilities inherent in community membership.