January 2020


Hudson and Holland Scholars Program Welcomes New Faculty Chair

Indiana University is pleased to announce the appointment of Denvil Duncan, Ph.D., to faculty chair of the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program (HHSP) within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA). Duncan will assume the position through the end of academic year 2023.

As faculty chair, Duncan will focus on developing and implementing a three- to five-year strategic vision for the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program. Specifically, he will lead the long-range development of the effort’s future goals, working in concert with the core priorities of OVPDEMA to advance access, retention, and timely degree completion.

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New Leader for IU LGBTQ+ Culture Center Announced

On January 2, 2020, Bruce E. Smail assumed his appointment as interim director of the Indiana University LGBTQ+ Culture Center and special assistant to the vice president. Smail brings an extensive professional background in matters relating to equity, diversity, and social justice to Indiana University. Most recently, he served as deputy director of the Black AIDS Institute in Los Angeles. Before that, he held the positions of director of the Cross Cultural Center at the University of California, Davis; director of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Resource Center at the University of Colorado; and diversity education specialist at Indiana University Bloomington. During his interim director appointment, Smail will implement programming support services to address issues of sexual orientation, gender identity, intersectionality, and social justice, as well as interact with alumni and donors to better understand the needs of the IU Bloomington LGBTQ+ community over the next three years. In addition, he will manage and administer the LGBTQ+ Culture Center's budget and supervise staff, graduate assistants, and volunteers.

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Region VI Champion of Diversity and Inclusion Award

This past October, Ochmaa Escue—director of the OVPDEMA Overseas Studies & Scholarship Program (OSSP)—was awarded the inaugural NAFSA Region VI Champion of Diversity and Inclusion in International Education award. The award, presented by the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to international education and exchange, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, is given to an individual who works to “enhance greater access, to cultivate broader perspectives, and to celebrate the diversity of the international education community.”

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2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Dr. King inspired legions of individuals and a nation to believe in personal, social, and global change. He showed the world the unstoppable power of his dream for racial equality, diversity, and love. Perhaps most important, Dr. King taught us that everyone can make a difference, and every day is a chance to do so. IU is proud to provide testimony to the ideals of Dr. King through programs, workshops, and other efforts throughout January that exemplify the humane causes espoused by this great civil rights leader. Below are just a few events you don’t want to miss. Please visit mlkcelebration.indiana.edu for event updates in celebration of Indiana University’s commemoration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Scholarships Now Available

We are currently accepting applications for the 2020-2021 academic year. Full-time undergraduate, or where indicated graduate or professional, students from any discipline or department on the Bloomington campus may apply. There are also select opportunities for IU students currently enrolled at any of the 7 IU campuses or 2 IU centers. US citizenship is not required, except where noted. You can apply here by March 10, 2020.

Learn more about OVPDEMA Scholarships

Student Feature: María González-Díaz

For OVPDEMA Student Features, we highlight an outstanding senior involved with one of the many culture centers on campus, exploring their work and experience at IU. María González-Díaz is a senior graduating May 2020 with a double major in International Studies and Portuguese. Recently, María and I discussed her college experience, what she’s learned, and how La Casa supported her during her time at IU.

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Academic Support

Faculty & Staff for Student Excellence Mentoring Program Call Out

The Faculty and Staff for Student Excellence Mentoring Program (FASE) pairs first-year students with upper-class peer mentors as a way to help students make a successful academic and social transition from their home environments to a college campus. Mentors support their protégés in a variety of ways, from directing them to existing resources offered on and off campus to keeping them motivated during their first critical year of college. In addition, protégés have opportunities to participate in several FASE Mentoring events throughout the academic year.

Ready to become a mentor? Attend one of the three call out meetings scheduled on January 29, February 4, and February 12.

Register for a Call Out Meeting

Cultural Engagement

Black History Month Kick-off on January 31

The theme for this year’s celebration is “For the Culture,” which symbolizes the contributions of Black people from around the world and here at Indiana University.

The Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center (NMBCC) chose this theme as a way to honor and celebrate the culture, beauty, creativity, intellect, and resilience of Black people everywhere. As one of the oldest Black culture centers in the nation, the NMBCC is proud to celebrate 50 years of power, progress, and promise.

Join us for the Black History Month 2020 celebration kick-off on Friday, January 31 at 5:30 p.m. Black the Runway will take place at the NMBCC in the Grand Hall.

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IU Southeast to Host 21st Annual Indiana Latinx Leadership Conference

Indiana University Southeast is pleased to announce that it will serve as a first-time host institution for this year’s Indiana Latinx Leadership Conference (formerly called the Indiana Latino Leadership Conference) on Saturday, February 29, 2020. The new name reflects the 2020 gathering’s emphasis on greater diversity and inclusiveness.

The conference itself provides a venue to celebrate the uniqueness of Latinx students in a forum created by and for students. Student-led workshops will cover a gamut of topics, from college readiness and the application process to financial literacy and leadership skills. Additional information on the 21st Annual Indiana Latinx Leadership Conference, including speakers and topics, can be found here.

Register by February 21, 2020


Career Resources

Get Career Fair Ready!

Don’t miss the IU Diversity Career and Internship Fair and Pre-Fair Bootcamp
All Students Welcome

Saturday, January 25, 2020
10 a.m. – Noon, Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center,
Room A201 (Auditorium)

Career Fair
Monday, January 27, 2020
4-7 p.m., IMU, Alumni Hall

When it comes to a career, the future is full of possibilities. The IU Diversity Career and Internship Fair is an opportunity to connect with potential employers and to explore internships and full-time employment with local, state, and national recruiters from academic, government, business, and non-profit sectors. In addition you are encouraged to attend a pre-fair Bootcamp where you will learn about tools and tips on what to expect from a fair, how to research the employers that will be attending the fair, and how to interact and follow up with employers and representatives.

The IU Diversity Career and Internship Fair experience takes just a few hours, but the impact will last long after the event has ended.

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All are welcome!

  • 15th: Meet Yolanda Treviño, Ph.D. | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | La Casa/Latino Cultural Center | Yolanda Treviño is IU’s highest ranking Latina administrator and serves as the assistant vice president for strategy, planning, and assessment in OVPDEMA.
  • 15th: Hot Pot Welcome Back Reception | 3 - 5 p.m. | Asian Culture Center | Welcome back to campus!
  • 20th: A Day of Commemoration: Martin Luther King Jr. and IU’s 200th Anniversary | Learn about service learning opportunities and an “Afternoon with Viola Davis” at mlkcelebration.iu.edu
  • 20th: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day March | 1:00 p.m. | Showers Building, City Hall
  • 21st: Restorative Justice: Transforming Conversations | 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | La Casa/Latino Cultural Center
  • 23rd: IUnity Summit presents a film screening and panel discussion of “Agents of Change| 6:00 p.m. | Indiana Memorial Union, Whittenberger Auditorium
  • 24th: Movie Night: Film Screening of “Loving| 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. | Campus View Activity Room
  • 24th: Retracing Our Roots Program | Friday - Saturday | Manor House in Bradford Woods |Apply for this program
  • 25th: Career Fair Bootcamp | 10 a.m. - noon | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, A201 (Auditorium)
  • 27th: IU Diversity Career and Internship Fair | 4-7 p.m. | IMU, Alumni Hall
  • 29th: ACC’s Over a Cup of Tea: “Reflecting on the Last Decade of Financial Reform and the Globalization of Technology” by Joon Park, (BA, 1998) | 5 - 6 p.m. | Asian Culture Center | IU alumnus Joon Park will provide an economic overview of the last decade and discuss financial reform post the Great Recession of 2008.
  • 30th: Travel to Rwanda This Summer with Books & Beyond! | 4 - 5:30 p.m. | Read Hall, Room C 110 | The IU Books & Beyond Project is a collaborative literary leadership initiative, learn more about this program

Save the Date

  • 2/04/2020: Improving Police and Community Relations |  7 p.m. | La Casa/Latino Cultural Center
  • 2/04/2020: FASE Mentor Call Out | 6 - 7 p.m.
  • 2/07/2020: Passport Caravan | 1 p.m. | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
  • 2/11/2020: Environmental Social Justice Speaker Series with O'Neill | 6 p.m. Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Bridgwaters Lounge
  • 2/12/2020: FASE Mentor Call Out | 6 - 7 p.m.
  • 2/13/2020: The Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship Workshop | 3 - 4 p.m. | 300 N. Jordan Avenue, Room 110 | Learn helpful tips about the application process.
  • 2/18/2020: Trauma Impact on Self and Community | 7 p.m. | La Casa/Latino Cultural Center
  • 2/18/2020: Opportunities Abroad After Graduation | 6 - 7 p.m. | 300 N. Jordan Avenue
  • 2/19/2020: Mid-Day Lunch and Learn with AADS | 12:30 p.m. | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
  • 2/27/2020: Black Knowledge Bowl | 7 p.m. | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
  • 2/27/2020: Career Dinner Symposium
  • 2/29/2020: 21st Annual Indiana Latinx Leadership Conference (IU Southeast)
  • 3/10/2020: Being a Woman Abroad | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | 300 N. Jordan Avenue, Room 110