Indiana University has made a bold commitment to continue as a leading institution contributing to social justice initiatives. An 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’s commitment to being an anti-racist institution addressing social justice issues. In addition, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) will work with the Indiana University partners serving as unit hosts to the selected interns.
The internship provides the following:
- Personal and professional development for underrepresented IU students wishing to enhance their skill set 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.