April 2020


Message from Vice President Wimbush

Early a few mornings ago, my dog and I set out for our usual walk on our usual route in downtown Indianapolis. As we walked, I couldn’t help but think that, aside from Harris’s stride and the jingle of his collar, things really weren’t so usual anymore. There was no rush-hour traffic, no lights on at the coffee shop, and no hurry to prepare for the busy day ahead. By all accounts, our routine walk had turned into an uncommon experience.

As I shifted my mind from the impact an outbreak brings to what was happening around me, I couldn’t help but smile. Harris went along sniffing and looking for rabbits and squirrels, and I began to notice a lot of what I’d not been seeing on past walks—blooming plants and trees, and stars. I couldn’t recall ever noticing stars on such a well-lit city street, and I was so glad to allow myself a moment to enjoy all the small but joyful experiences.

In that moment, I realized that those small things happening around me weren’t insignificant. They affirmed how I felt deep down, and they gave me comfort. Even if you can’t see the stars from wherever you are right now, know that they’re there, present and shining. And just as the plants will continue to bloom, IU and its faculty, staff, and students will carry on noticing and appreciating all the things that make this uncommon time so special and refreshingly normal: our exceptional university providing outstanding educational opportunities to the state, nation, and world.

Reject the Stigma

Asian Americans are being targeted and harassed in connection with COVID-19. The IU community rejects this baseless discrimination as contrary to IU’s values of racial equity and social justice. The COVID-19 infection is not connected to any race, ethnicity, or nationality. Misinformation about coronavirus disease 2019 can create fear and hostility that harms people and makes it harder to keep everyone healthy. Help us prevent discrimination or stigmatization by sharing accurate information.

Get the facts about coronavirus (COVID-19) at protect.iu.edu.

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IU Linguistics Students Translate COVID-19 Materials

As the COVID-19/Coronavirus outbreak continues to dominate the media, it is essential to have clear and accessible information on the disease. Many FAQs and fact sheets provided by organizations like the World Health Organization are available in a limited number of languages, however. On Monday, March 23, Governor Holcomb issued a Stay-At-Home order for Indiana, and his office posted a FAQ page only available in English, an example of how Hoosiers who cannot read English have difficulty accessing reliable information about the developing emergency.

Read how IU students help by providing their community members with critical information, both to prevent fear and so people know how to protect themselves.

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IU Family Members Help Others Find Peace During COVID-19

COVID-19 continues to impact Indiana University with students taught virtually while faculty and staff telecommute through programs like Zoom. This sudden shift in higher education has caused anxiety, fear, and even uncertainty in several individuals. However, many members of the IU family are doing their best to provide a sense of balance and tranquility during these times.

Learn how you can reduce tensions and anxieties during these difficult times.

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Fielding Scholar Brandon Merrit Presents at Regional Conference

From Feb. 14-16, several IU students attended the Midwest Bisexual Lesbian Gay Transgender Asexual College Conference (MBLGTACC) held in Kalamazoo, Michigan. One of these students was Brandon Merritt, a third-year Ph.D. student in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences with an interest in transgender speech and voice. Merritt attended the conference for the second time on the James Fielding LGBTQ+ Student Advocacy & Leadership Scholarship which is administered by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.

Read about Brandon’s experience attending as a student and then as a workshop presenter.

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IU Alumni/Staff United in Passion

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) includes a variety of academic units, culture centers, and scholarship groups under its umbrella and provided hundreds of students the opportunity to learn, grow, and find a home at Indiana University. During their time in OVPDEMA programs, students learned the importance of diversity and inclusion through immersive learning, group activities, and community. Students graduate from IU with a sense of self-identity and purpose, ready to take on the world at large. However, some OVPDEMA students return to Indiana University, using their diverse skillset to improve the lives of marginalized and underrepresented students across campus in a variety of different roles.

Read how time in OVPDEMA programs shape perspectives and passions.

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Remembering Our Beginnings

Throughout April, Indiana University observes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This year’s theme is “Remembering Our Beginnings: Stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” where we highlight and reflect on AAPI history and experiences.

Watch the video and listen to reflections and stories from Asian American students at IU.

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2020 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Programs

As part of IU’s tradition of honoring the history, culture, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as well as recognizing the issues affecting the AAPI community and in the diaspora, we invite you to virtually join in our 2020 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month programs.

Learn about and celebrate the cultures and histories of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, as well as recognize the remarkable contributions members of those communities have made to IU

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University News

Supporting Students in Economic Crisis

In the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, many IU students have encountered sudden financial distress—from food insecurity to unexpected medical bills to needs for housing and technology assistance. In moments like this, your gift to one of our emergency funds can be truly life-changing.

Give Now

If you are experiencing financial hardships of your own, we know that this is not the time to give. But if you are able to help, any level of support makes a difference and is greatly appreciated.

Pathways to Social Change Helps Students Learn Ways to Give Back

On May 1, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) will work in tandem with Pathways to Social Change to host a one hour Zoom philanthropy education course from Noon - 1 p.m. This event represents OVPDEMA’s commitment to building a leadership pipeline, enhancing research and academic engagement, and fostering donor investment.

Learn what social change means to you and to your communities.

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Campus Highlight

IU South Bend Darryl Heller and the Civil Rights Heritage Center Continue to Focus on Community

Indiana University South Bend has the unique distinction of being home to the Civil Rights Heritage Center. Located off-campus in what was once the Engman Public Natatorium, the building housed Indiana’s largest indoor pool when constructed in 1922. However, during the first 28 years of operation, it fully excluded or segregated South Bend’s African American Community. Although the pool formally integrated in 1950, it continued to be a site of bitter memories until it was closed in 1978. Through the combined efforts of IU South Bend students, faculty and administrators, the city of South Bend, the South Bend Heritage Foundation, and local stakeholders, the building was rededicated as the IU South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center in May 2010. The center now serves as a space that promotes education, culture, and activism.

Read about the history and the future vision of the Civil Rights Heritage Center.

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Student Feature

Student Feature: Anthony Lee Murdock II

For our student feature, we’re highlighting Anthony Lee Murdock II, a second-year J.D. student at the IU McKinney School of Law. Murdock is also the co-founder of Butler’s Bust The B.U.B.B.L.E., the owner of Murdock LLC, co-creator of #PowerMovesOnly, an inaugural coordinator of the Diversity Education & Advocacy Committee during college for Butler University's Student Government Association, as well as a graduate assistant for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at IUPUI.

Read about Murdock’s journey to IU. 

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