Cultural Involvement

How to support diversity and cultural awareness at IU

No matter your ethnicity, country of origin, gender, or sexual orientation—if you’ve landed here, you are a part of Indiana University’s richly diverse community.

OVPDEMA helps students, faculty, and staff take advantage of the many opportunities to learn about and celebrate diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs.

Our office supports six cultural centers in programming, events, outreach, and advocacy. We also support the African American Arts Institute—the only organization of its kind in the nation—and encourage student and alumni organizations that value community and culture. These resources offer consulting and support across the university’s seven campuses.

Establishing the Jewish Student Union was important because my grandparents were Holocaust survivors. I had a strong conviction to create a group that is always inclusive, open and explores the rich heritage of Jewish culture.

Chelsea Markuson, founder of the Jewish Student Organization at IU Southeast

Cultural centers and institutes

African American Arts Institute

The African American Arts Institute preserves and promotes African American culture through performance, education, creative activity, research, and outreach. Since 1974, the AAAI has provided opportunities for thousands of Indiana University students to explore their talents in performance, teaching, and arts management.

Explore African American arts

Asian Culture Center

More than 2,500 Asian and Asian Pacific American students attend Indiana University, bringing their diverse cultures and talents. The Asian Culture Center promotes awareness and understanding of Asian and Asian American cultures, histories, and issues through institutional resources, educational support, and community outreach.

Visit the Asian Culture Center

First Nations Educational and Cultural Center

The First Nations Educational and Cultural Center supports the retention and recruitment of American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students, faculty, and staff. Its mission is to build a Native community within the university, enhance the recognition and reputation of these communities, and provide educational opportunities that further awareness of the First Nations people.

Explore Native American culture

LGBTQ+ Culture Center

LGBTQ+ Culture Center celebrates sexual and gender diversity on a campus rated one of the friendliest in the United States for queer students and their friends and supporters. By providing a welcoming environment, GLBT Student Support Services serves as a resource and information center for the IU LGBTQ+ community and people who want to better understand LGBTQ+ issues and concerns.

Be an LGBTQ+ advocate

La Casa Latino Cultural Center

The La Casa Latino Cultural Center promotes academic excellence, personal and professional growth, and greater historical, political, and cultural awareness of the Latino community through educational and social programs.

Visit La Casa

Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center has a storied history in supporting Indiana University’s efforts in recruitment and retention of Black students. The center connects IU to Black culture, promotes public awareness of the Black experience, and celebrates students’ academic and leadership achievements.

Visit the Black Culture Center

Our mission is to create a safe space to advocate for those in the LGBTQ community and their supporters, so that they can be themselves and be celebrated for that.

Nicholas Moore, Vice President of Spectrum at IU Southeast