Michael Ing, Ph.D., is serving as the interim director of the First Nations Educational & Cultural Center (FNECC). Ing, associate professor of religious studies at IU Bloomington, will continue the good work of the center going forward.
Nicky Belle, former director of the FNECC, stepped down from that position to serve in a new role within the Student Involvement and Leadership Center in the IUB Division of Student Affairs.
The search for a permanent director of the FNECC is underway.
The First Nations Educational & Cultural Center is designed to support American Indian and Indigenous students in their transition to and achievement at Indiana University Bloomington. The center provides several academic and personal supports, including campus programs and an extended network of resources and information to inspire, encourage, and empower students for success.
“Belle’s involvement in the FNECC has been instrumental in the center’s success,” said James Wimbush, vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs and Johnson Chair for Diversity and Leadership. “Belle spearheaded efforts to grow the IU Traditional Powwow and oversaw work to more deeply involve the Bloomington campus in the Big Ten Native Alliance.”
More recently, Belle’s work resulted in the signing of a proclamation to recognize the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day at IU Bloomington.