February 2020


IU Career Development and Internship Fair and Bootcamp an Overwhelming Success

IU’s second annual Diversity Career and Internship Fair boasted 1,746 attendees who eagerly connected with the 75 companies and 175 employee recruiters—representing both corporate and not-for-profit sectors—that were in attendance. In addition, the pre-fair Bootcamp 300+ attendees learned about tools and tips on what to expect from a fair, how to research the employers that were in attendance, and how to interact and follow-up with employers and representatives. We had the opportunity to talk with the collaborating partners who hosted the event to learn more.

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Black & BOLD

Black & BOLD, an organization that works to provide a positive space for growth, self-exploration, support, and safety for IU students who identify as being both of Black and/or African Diaspora descent and as part of the LGBTQ+ community, has filled a significant gap on the IU Bloomington campus. Jen Berry, the lead academic advisor to the OVPDEMA 21st Century Scholars program and founder and faculty advisor to the club, sat down with us to talk about Black & Bold’s evolution and vision for the future.

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Student Feature: Johnnie Allen Jr.

Johnnie Allen Jr. is a senior graduating in May 2020 with a major in community health from the School of Public Health. Johnnie is also chapter president of the Epsilon Iota Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., a resident assistant in Forest Quadrangle, a member of the Cross-Cultural Programming Board, an undergraduate student programming intern at the School of Public Health in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and is one of the three student programming interns at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (NMBCC). Recently, he discussed his time in college and what he’s learned working at the NMBCC.

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Students Attend International Association of Blacks in Dance Conference in Philadelphia

Students in IU’s African American Dance Company (AADC) attended the 32nd annual International Association of Blacks in Dance (IABD) conference from January 17–19, 2020, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with AADC Director Stafford C. Berry Jr., thanks to support from the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs and the African American Arts Institute. The seven students met dance professionals from around the world, auditioned for intensives and positions with leading dance companies, participated in classes and panel discussions, and attended performances by renowned Black dance companies—including the five founding companies of IABD: Philadanco, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and Lula Washington Dance Theatre.

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Academic Support

Academic Support Center

If you find yourself overwhelmed with academic challenges, the Academic Support Center (ASC) can help. Students who visit the ASC are able to take advantage of free tutoring spaces for learning, technology resources, peer coaching, workshops, and much more—all easily accessed via convenient locations in cultural centers, in three campus residence halls, and in the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) academic programs. Leslie Robinson serves as the “face” behind the ASC. Among her many responsibilities, Robinson is a valuable resource for students and parents who need information and guidance about academics and professional enrichment at IU Bloomington. Robinson also collaborates with other campus partners to offer support services such as workshops, weekly programs, satellite tutoring, and more.

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Cultural Engagement

Black History Month

During February, the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (NMBCC), along with the IU Bloomington campus, will celebrate Black History Month by hosting multiple events dedicated to Blackness and the Black experience. This year the center's theme is: “For the Culture,” which symbolizes the contributions of Black people from around the world and here at Indiana University. We sat down and spoke with the NMBCC administrators to learn more about this month’s celebration.

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Career Resources

Scholarships Available for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Below is a list of scholarships that you may apply for on or before March 10, 2020.

  • Bruce Shuck Family Native American Scholarship
  • Carrie Parker Taylor Scholarship
  • Charlie and Jeanetta Nelms Bloomington Campus Scholarship
  • Hannah Wilson Memorial Service Scholarship
  • James Fielding LGBTQ+ Student Advocacy & Leadership Scholarship
  • Johnson Underrepresented Student Scholarship
  • Judy and Inez Reece Scholarship for LGBTQ+ Wellness
  • Wilma A. and Charles E. Harry, IV Family Scholarship
  • Jeffrey Haynes Hillis LGBTQ+ Scholarship
  • Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship

Learn more about OVPDEMA Scholarships

2020 OVPDEMA Study Abroad Program to Mexico

We are currently accepting applications for the Latin American Experience: Cultural Diversity and Intangible Heritage in Mexico. The Mexico Study Abroad Program introduces students to the history and diversity of Mexican communities and the complex relationship that they historically had/have, race politics and debates over national belonging, and concert of cultural heritage. Students will also explore the benefits and challenges associated with the recent promotion of cultural heritage and diversity by NGOs, grassroots organizations, the government, and international cultural policy entities as a potential engine for economic development. The trip includes visits to historical and cultural sites, academic institutions, NGOs, and interactions with local musicians, dancers, artisans, and craftspeople.

Inclusive Campus Environment Toolkit

Indiana University is unwavering in its commitment to creating safe and welcoming learning environments that advocate access, diversity, equity, inclusion, and community for all. We can and will work together to learn from each other, bridge our differences, and treat every individual with respect and civility. A reference guide and resource hub for university and community members, this toolkit includes a variety of links, websites, and contact information for students, staff, faculty, and parents to help build safe and inclusive campus communities.

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New Thematic Community Coming Soon!

IU Bloomington is currently accepting applicants for the Asian/Pacific American thematic learning community for the 2020-2021 academic year. If you are interested in Asian/Pacific American identity, culture, and community engagement and have a passion to immerse yourself and learn critically about history, develop leadership skills, and experience a sense of belonging in a community that supports you, this is your floor.

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February Events
  • 11th: Environmental Social Justice Speaker Series with O'Neill | 6 p.m. Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
  • 11th: Meet Career Coaches and Senior Students | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | 300 N. Jordan Avenue | Presented by Career Development Center & 21st Century Scholars. Contact Rachel Boveja to RSVP.
  • 12th: FASE Mentor Call Out | 6 - 7 p.m.
  • 12th: Café con Pan Dulce: Latino Staff & Faculty Speaker Series | 6 - 8 p.m. | La Casa/Latino Cultural Center. Learn more
  • 12th: Black History Month Concert | noon - 1 p.m. | School of Education, Atrium
  • 13th: Over a Cup of Tea presents, “The Breakup 2.1: The Ten Year Update | 5 - 6 p.m. | Asian Culture Center
  • 13th: The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Workshop | 3 - 4 p.m. | 300 N. Jordan Avenue, Room 110 | Learn helpful tips about the application process.
  • 18th: Trauma Impact on Self and Community | 7 p.m. | La Casa/Latino Cultural Center
  • 18th: Opportunities Abroad After Graduation | 6 - 7 p.m. | 300 N. Jordan Avenue
  • 19th: Mid-Day Lunch and Learn with AADS | 12:30 p.m. | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
  • 21st: Fridate, hosted by the IU Korean American Student Association | 4 - 6 p.m. | Asian Culture Center
  • 22nd: Indiana Asian American Conference | 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Hodge Hall & Hamilton Lugar School | Embracing Asian/Pacific American (A/PA) Aspirations, strives to inspire participants to pursue their professional and personal ambitions. Learn more.
  • 26th: African American Choral Ensemble’s Extensions of Tradition Concert | noon – 1 p.m. | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
  • 26th: Subtle and Not-So-Subtle Asian Expectations | Asian Culture Center
  • 27th: Black Knowledge Bowl | 7 p.m. | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
  • 29th: 21st Annual Indiana Latinx Leadership Conference (IU Southeast). Register today.
Save the Date

  • 3/07/2020: African American Dance Company 22nd Annual Dance Workshop | 9 - 7:30 p.m. | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center |Learn more
  • 3/10/2020: Being a Woman Abroad | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | 300 N. Jordan Avenue, Room 110
  • 3/10/2020: Midnight Shed - IU Soul Revue Open Rehearsal | 10:30p.m. - Midnight | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
  • 3/25/2020: La Casa - Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz Lunch Talk | noon | Maurer School of Law
  • 3/27/2020: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Reception | 4:30 - 6 p.m. | IMU, President's Room