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

There are reports that Asian students have been targeted and discriminated against in connection to COVID-19. This is unacceptable and contrary to our 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.

Celebrating Seniors

In the spring of each year, we look forward to recognizing the academic achievements of IU seniors. We will be featuring “Senior Stories” at the close of the semester with a video clip. If you will be graduating in May, please send in a photo of yourself, identify your degree and major, and provide us a short video reflecting your time on campus and recognizing individuals who helped you on your journey to graduation.

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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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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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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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Student Feature: Anna Mach

Every month, OVPDEMA highlights a graduating student involved with one of the many culture centers on campus, exploring their work and experience at IU. Featured this month is Anna Mach, a senior studying viola performance and music theory at the Jacobs School of Music, a student chef, and a violin helper at Fairview Elementary School. She is also on the Dean’s Advisory Council for Diversity and Equity for the university. Learn about Anna, her love of music, and how IU and the Asian Culture Center have influenced her educational experience.

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Academic Support


Apply for a OVPDEMA Study Abroad Scholarship for Fall 2020

Life-changing. Eye-opening. A once-in-a-lifetime chance.

These are phrases students use to describe their study abroad experiences. The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) strives to provide greater access to study abroad opportunities so that you can explore new cultures, gain insight about the global community, and make memories that last a lifetime. Learn how this needs-based scholarship can assist you in covering costs associated with international study.

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Study Abroad 101: Learn How to Study Abroad

Join us on April 17 at noon for a webinar on study abroad opportunities and available scholarships for students at IU. Hosted by the Office of Overseas Study, in partnership with the OVPDEMA Overseas Studies & Scholarship Program and the Hutton Honors College. Learn about hundreds of study abroad opportunities and scholarship opportunities to help make study abroad a reality.

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Cultural Engagement

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 Pacfic Islander communities, as well as recognize the remarkable contributions members of those communities have made to IU.

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We’re Here to Listen

We recognize these are challenging times for everyone and want you to know that we care. We are still here for you, even though classes have moved online. Our trained, professional staff will give you the confidential support you need. CAPS is currently offering limited services by phone/video only. In person visits have been suspended. Students may schedule 30-minute virtual visits with a counselor by calling 812-855-7688. The after-hours crisis line is available to students 24/7 by calling 812-855-5711 and choosing option 1.

Are You Experiencing Financial Hardship Due to COVID-19?

Indiana University has emergency resources available to under-resourced students affected by COVID-19. Applicants may request emergency funds for transportation, unexpected medical costs, utility bills, housing, tuition, costs of books and/or supplies, or other unexpected expenses.

Read how you can receive emergency funding of up to $500.00.

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Community Resources

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect millions of people, members of our community are doing their best to provide resources and guidance for those affected by the virus. Lillian Casillas-Origel, director of La Casa/Latino Cultural Center, created a valuable resource list for the IU and local community to use. Learn how you can access education, financial, health and wellness, and other vital resources.

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Census 2020: Facts You Need to Know

The United States Census is a governmental mandate designed to count the population of the United States and its five territories. This data the census collects is then used by over one hundred and thirty federal offices to determine the distribution of over $675 billion of federal funds; however, with the current COVID-19 pandemic, many university students and their parents have questions. How do I fill out the form? If I was studying abroad, do I still count? I was living on campus, but now that I am home, what address should I fill out? Learn the facts you need to know.

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April 2020 events

  • 4th - 25th: Virtual Netflix Party |Learn more
  • 6th: (Weekly) | Meditation Mondays | 7 p.m. | @LGBTQ.IU on Facebook
  • 8th - 29th: CrafterZoom! Part 3: Electric Bugaloo | 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. | @iufnecc on Facebook | Learn more
  • 8th - 29th: Virtual Colectiva Lunch | 12 noon |Learn more
  • 15th: (Weekly) | Wellness Wednesday | 10 a.m. | Email pmajors@iu.edu or sydtaylo@iu.edu for more info
  • 17th: Study Abroad 101 Webinar | 12 noon |Learn more
  • 19th: "Behind the Curtain: The Making of Potpourri of the Arts" Documentary Watch Party | 7 p.m. | @iuaaai on Facebook |Learn more
  • 21st: Virtual Ally Training | 5 p.m. | Email herndama@indiana.edu for more info
  • 23rd: The "Chinese Virus": COVID-19 + Anti-Asian Racism | 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. |Learn more
  • 28th: Adulting in a Different World - Virtual Panel Discussion | 1:30 p.m. |Learn more
  • Math Tutoring | Sunday - Thursday, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. | Email acadsupp@indiana.edu
    for more info
  • Writing Tutoring | Sunday - Thursday, 7 p.m. - 11 p.m. | Email acadsupp@indiana.edu
    for more info

Save the Date: May 2020 Events

  • 1st: Pathways to Social Change | 12 noon - 1 p.m. |Learn more