Faculty & Belonging

Faculty and Belonging: A Strategic Focus on Faculty Diversity

With a focus on elevating the voice and advancement of faculty members at IU, the Faculty and Belonging initiative strives to recruit and retain faculty, creates a new generation of scholars and administrators, develops and presents programs and workshops focused on faculty recruitment and retention efforts, cultivates partnerships with minority-serving institutions and organizations, and participates in various research and scholarly activities.

An Advocate for Lasting Change

A central figure fostering inclusive campus communities at Indiana University is Pamela Braboy Jackson, Ph.D., who serves as the first associate vice president for Faculty and Belonging and a member of the senior leadership team within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OVPDEI). She began her new duties with Faculty and Belonging in June 2022.

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Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

When students feel a sense of belonging on campus and in the classroom, they are more likely to remain focused on their studies and committed to their educational goals. Diverse faculty members play an essential role in this success. The goals of Faculty and Belonging are to ensure diverse faculty find community, grow, and thrive at IU.

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Pamela Braboy Jackson

IU Strong! My time at IU has shown me that we are a strong community, willing to put in the hard work to assure a brighter future together.

Pamela Braboy Jackson, Associate Vice President, Faculty and Belonging


The Enhanced Mentoring Program with Opportunities for Ways to Excel in Research (EMPOWER) is a mentoring program that aims to support the personal growth and professional success of minoritized faculty at IU Bloomington. The program is an extension of a current program of the same name at Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Supporting Faculty Connections

These connections include on-campus and off-site events organized by the associate vice president for Faculty and Belonging (with input from the faculty). The experiences are designed to promote relationships and help create a sense of belonging and community among faculty. From lunches, walks around the track, to virtual sessions, opportunities to connect as a community take place throughout the year, across IU’s campuses.

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Exploring Diversity in Higher Education

IU faculty find their way to Indiana University from a cross-section of higher education institutions and represent a cross-section of academic disciplines. They are world-renowned researchers, creators of new chemicals and chemical processes, historians of ancient philosophies, award-winning poets and writers, and more.

Hear from IU faculty as they share their personal journey to IU.

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When you call Indiana University home, you are not only joining a community that values faculty growing as scholars, culture, diverse perspectives, and voices, but also balance and quality of life. You are also joining welcoming and supportive communities, great places to raise a family and find belonging. Get answers to your questions and learn more about IU and the communities in which we reside.

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