March 2020


Message from Vice President Wimbush

I want to take a moment to recognize there have been a number of bias-related incidents at institutions across the country over the last few months. And unfortunately, IU Bloomington is no different. Please be assured that these incidents do not reflect the values or principles of Indiana University. We strive to not only embrace students from diverse and marginalized backgrounds but provide them with a welcoming and respectful environment. Please know that when an incident does occur, we take these matters very seriously and work with offices and individuals across campus to address them. To any student who has felt isolated or unsafe due to an incident, please know that IU is committed to creating a safe campus for all and that diversity and inclusion are core values we expect everyone in the IU family to share.

Coronavirus Update

Though there have been no confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) in Indiana (as of March 5, 2020), Indiana University continues to prepare for a potential outbreak. IU’s Office of Public Safety and Institutional Assurance has been leading the strategy and preparations associated with contingency planning, meeting with partners across the university and coordinating with local and state health departments and hospitals since early January.

The seasonal flu, however, remains our biggest public health concern at this time. You can help prevent the spread of the flu with proper hand washing, covering your cough or sneeze with your elbow or a tissue, and staying away from others if they’re sick.

More information about both the flu and coronavirus (COVID-19) found

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Reject the Stigma

We are aware of reports that some of our 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. 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.

Career Dinner Symposium Prepares Students for Professional Success

On Thursday, February 27, 2020, several IU Bloomington students gathered in the IMU Tudor Room for the Mentoring Services & Leadership Development’s Career Dinner Symposium. Supported by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, the Career Dinner Symposium allowed students to network and ask pressing questions to a variety of business professionals from the Bloomington-Indianapolis area. According to Patrick Smith, executive director of IU’s Mentoring Services & Leadership Development, this event allows students to practice professionalism and networking skills while providing an opportunity for them to meet professionals in their fields of interest. Among the professionals in attendance were Monroe County circuit court judges, small business owners, doctors, and directors of non-profit organizations.

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Sixth Annual Indiana Asian American Conference

Held on February 22, 2020, the Sixth annual Indiana Asian American Conference (IAAC) brought awareness and sparked discussion around political issues and topics within the Asian American experience on campus and the community. The conference included special guest and Keynote Speaker Ken Lieu—author of the short story collection The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories as well as the Star Wars novel The Legends of Luke Skywalker—educational workshops and a professional development panel. This year's IAAC was in collaboration with OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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Passport Caravan Event Opens World of Opportunities for Students

The Overseas Studies and Scholarship Program, within the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, partnered for the third and final time with the Council on International Educational Exchange on a Passport Caravan. On February 7, 2020, in the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center Grand Hall, 150 students received their first passport -- for free. And staff from the IU Office of Overseas Study presented the new passport holders with opportunities to study abroad with IU.

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A $200,000 Anonymous Gift to Indiana University’s Queer Philanthropy Circle Will Help More LGBTQ+ Students Earn Degrees

On February 12, 2020, inspired by the work of Indiana University’s newly launched Queer Philanthropy Circle (QPC), an anonymous member of the IU LGBTQ+ community made a $200,000 pledge to match donations to or memberships in the QPC received on or before June 30, 2020. In collaboration with the IU Foundation, the LGBTQ+ Alumni Association, and other IU LGBTQ+ organizations, the QPC supports programming, resources, and thought leadership aimed at improving recruitment, retention, and degree attainment for LGBTQ+ students and the quality of life for members of the LGBTQ+ community on all IU campuses. This gift will be used as seed money to begin investing in queer priorities at Indiana University.

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Student Feature: Caleb King

Every month, we highlight a graduating student engaged with one of the administered programs of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, exploring their work and experience at IU. Caleb King is a senior majoring in Neuroscience. Caleb has served as president for the Board of Aeons, on the IU Cabinet for Student Leaders for Vice Provost and Dean O’Guinn, and is also the president of the Native American Student Association. Recently, he discussed his time in college, what he’s learned, and what role the First Nations Educational & Cultural Center (FNECC) played in these four years.

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Cultural Engagement

Free Tickets Available for Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Influenced by traditional South African music and originating in the 1960s, the five-time Grammy Award-winning singing group Ladysmith Black Mambazo continues the legacy of singing of peace, of love, and for everyone to live in harmony on March 10, 7 p.m. at the IU Auditorium. Would you like a ticket to uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter? Visit OVPDEMA on Instagram and tell us you want a ticket. Hurry, limited tickets available.


Remembering Our Beginnings: Stories of Asian American and Pacific Islanders

Join us on Friday, March 27, 2020, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Indiana Memorial Union, University Club for the opening reception with keynote speaker Jonny Sun at 6 p.m., in the IMU Whittenberger Auditorium.

Throughout April, we will observe 2020 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). From the film series to culture performances, conferences, and workshops, there is a wide range of events taking place that celebrate the historical and contemporary Asian American and Pacific Islander experience. We invite you to explore the AAPIHM calendar of events.

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The 9th Annual Traditional Powwow

Join us on Saturday, April 4, 2020, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., Dunn Meadow, to celebrate and honor Native American tradition and education.

The Indiana University annual Traditional Powwow attracts hundreds of visitors each year and boasts a line-up of nationally known dancers and singers, along with traditional foods, crafts, and dance clothing. Performers of all ages participate, carrying on the traditions of their people as they represent them through their feathers and beadwork, their dance clothes, the songs they sing, and the styles in which they dance. The powwow is an important time when generations come together to share in dance and song and to celebrate the diversity of contemporary Native American tribal identity.

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New Diversity Education Portal

Indiana University offers various educational opportunities across its campuses to staff, faculty, and students on fostering an inclusive and respectful environment that honors our diverse campus communities. These programs encourage dialogue and interaction about issues related to diversity and inclusion, fostering a richer educational environment. With a proactive rather than reactive approach to diversity education, we seek to build competencies and thought processes among IU community members. Diversity education takes many forms at IU including facilitated discussions, workshops, guest speakers, and more.

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Featured Diversity Education Workshop

What’s in Your Bag: Privilege Trail Mix Making

7 p.m.—9 p.m.
Forest Classroom

This interactive program provides participants with an in-depth look into their identities and allows students to reflect on their privileges and experiences with oppression.

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Fourth Annual Social Justice in America Series

Join us April 9, 2020, IMU, Alumni Hall/Solarium, 6 p.m. for “Defending Democracy: Confronting Voter Suppression and White Supremacy in the New Millennium.”

In partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, the Diversity Committee in the IU Department of History is pleased to announce that the national speaker for 2020 is Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, and our local speakers will be community activist Abby Ang and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer, a professor from the IU Maurer School of Law. This annual event is designed to bring together IU and the community for “tough talks on tough topics.” We plan for students and community members to move from Alumni Hall into the Solarium once the town hall finishes and then walk through the Justice Fair, talk to the representatives from the various groups who are working the tables, pick up literature on all the different organizations, sign up for more information, or join up/volunteer.

Workshop Opportunity: “To Catch the Vision of Freedom: Remaking Bloomington in Our Collective Image”

Social Justice in America Series to host a citizen-oriented workshop, facilitated by this year's national speaker, Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson. Woodard Henderson is the Executive Director of the Highlander Education and Research Center.

The workshop, “To Catch the Vision of Freedom: Remaking Bloomington in Our Collective Image,” will take place Thursday, April 9, from 1:30 - 3:30 pm, location TBA. This community-focused workshop will engage the issues that are most pressing in Bloomington to help us become a safer and more civil city.

Please share if you would like to attend the workshop. Seats will be available on a limited basis starting March 23, 2020. Please email your interest to

IU Bloomington Voter Registration

As part of the fourth annual Social Justice in America Series event, “Defending Democracy: Confronting Voter Suppression and White Supremacy in the New Millennium,” the Diversity Committee will host a Voter Registration Drive on Wednesday, April 8, 2020, from two locations on the IU Bloomington campus: Clocktower at Woodburn/Ballantine Hall and the Wells Library. Volunteers are needed for shifts throughout the day from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. If you are interested, please sign up at For more information about voter registration or the Social Justice in American Series, please contact


March 2020 events

  • 6th: African American Dance Company 22nd Annual Dance Workshop | 6 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | Indianapolis Movement Arts Collective |Learn more
  • 7th: African American Dance Company 22nd Annual Dance Workshop | 9 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center |Learn more
  • 10th - 23rd: Living off campus as a scholar - Where are you living next year? | noon - 1:00 p.m. | 300 N. Jordan Avenue, Room 110 |Learn more
  • 12th: Being a Woman Abroad | 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | 300 N. Jordan Avenue, Room 110
  • 12th: Groups STEM Mentor Brown Bag Lunch
  • 13-16th: The Black Break: Washington, DC Emersion Experience |Learn more
  • 18th: Trauma Impact on Self and Community | 7p.m. | La Casa/Latino Cultural Center
  • 26th: Women in Cybersecurity: A Conversation with Jeanette Hanna-Ruiz (Current Deputy Chief Information Officer at Georgetown University and formerly with NASA, Yahoo and Homeland Security) | noon | Maurer School of Law, Room 310
  • 26th: Diversity Education Series, What’s in Your Bag: Privilege Trail Mix Making | 7 p.m. | Forest Classroom
  • 27th: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Reception | 4:30 - 6 p.m. | IMU, President's Room | Keynote Speaker, Jonny Sun I 6 p.m. I IMU, Whittenberger Auditorium I See Full Schedule of Heritage Month Events
  • 29th: Film Screening: “Chinatown Rising”| 4 p.m. | IU Cinema
  • 30th: Keeping it Real: How to Stay True to Yourself While Talking to Employers | 7 p.m. | La Casa/Latino Cultural Center

Save the Date: April 2020 Events

  • 1st - 29th: Living off campus as a scholar - Where are you living next year? |Learn more
  • 2nd: Dinner and Dialogue, Black Table Talk | 7 p.m. | Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall
  • 2nd: Pre-Powwow Talk, N8V Dance Fitness by Michelle Reed | 7:30 p.m. | Mobley Auditorium, School of Public Health C10
  • 3rd: Fridate with Scholars Without Boarders | 4:00 - 6 p.m. | Asian Culture Center
  • 4th - 25th: African American Arts Institute Spring Concert Series |Learn more
  • 6th: 9th annual Traditional Powwow | 10:00 a.m. 10:00 p.m. | Dunn Meadow (Inclement Weather: Cramer Marching Hundred Hall) |Learn more
  • 6th: Discussion with Dr. Grace Peña Delgado, author of Making the Chinese Mexican Global Migration, Localism, and Exclusion in the U.S.- Mexico Borderlands.
  • 9th: 4th annual Social Justice in America Series | 6 p.m. | IMU/Alumni Hall/Solarium | "Defending Democracy: Confronting voter Suppression and White Supremacy in the New Millennium," with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, Abby Ang and Luis Fuentes-Rohwer