May 2020


Message from Vice President Wimbush

I would like to extend my congratulations to each of you. The end of the school year is a time of celebration. The flowers are blooming, the sun is out, and the possibilities seem endless.

Look back on the moments that have brought you joy during this past year. Moments with your friends, your mentors, your accomplishments, and your passions. These are the things that matter—what you will remember when reminiscing about your college years with loved ones. This year has brought both highs and lows, but always remember you have left your mark on someone. Each of you have made a difference in someone’s life. And that is something to celebrate.

As we close out the year, I want to extend my warmest regards to you—the students—who continue to make Indiana University what it is. A pillar of diversity, knowledge, culture, and ingenuity. I encourage everyone always to push forward and never forget the impact that you have on those around you.

And to our graduating seniors, I wish you the best in all of your future endeavors. Please know that no matter where you go, you will always be a part of the IU family.

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.

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Celebrating Seniors

On behalf of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs and its administered academic, culture, and community programs, congratulations to Indiana University’s 2020 graduates. Along with your family, friends, and community, we are proud of you and your academic and personal achievements. Welcome to the IU alumni family.

Meet a Few of the 2020 Graduates

OVPDEMA Proud to Announce 2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) is excited to announce the 2020-2021 recipients of the OVPDEMA scholarships, which recognize student excellence across cultural and academic centers as well as showcase the intersection of philanthropy and student diversity at Indiana University.

Learn how OVPDEMA scholarship help students step closer towards their goals.

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Social Justice in America Series held Virtual Workshop with Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Professor Amrita Myers and the Department of History’s Diversity Committee had planned to host the Social Justice in America Series (SJAS) in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (OVPDEMA) during the Spring semester. Postponed to fall 2020, the series will consist of four separate events: a voter registration drive, an in-person workshop led by Ash-Lee Woodard Henderson, co-executive director of the Highlander Research & Education Center, a town hall discussion with Henderson and several Bloomington citizens, and a closing fair with booths from 60 different campus and community organizations committed to social justice.

Learn how COVID-19 did not stop this important work from happening now.

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OVPDEMA Shaping Students Passions and Careers

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.

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Student Feature

The OVPDEMA Student Feature typically highlights an outstanding senior involved with one of the culture centers on campus, exploring their work and experience at IU. However, highlighted for May, are five seniors who served as an OVPDEMA student ambassador. Learn about their work and most memorable moments.

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IU Soul Revue: "Faces"

“I am happy to share the IU Soul Revue’s Final Spring Project, as we navigate through this COVID-19 environment. I’m personally very proud of our students. They are not only talented but are driven, committed, and dedicated to what we do at the African American Arts Institute.“

James A. Strong
Professor of Practice and Director of the IU Soul Revue

Watch the Full Video

Academic Support

Writing Tutorial Services

Writing Tutorial Services (WTS) offers students one-on-one help, virtually, with any phase of the writing process—from brainstorming to revising the final draft. When you visit WTS, you'll find a tutor who is a sympathetic and helpful reader of your prose.

They can help you:

  • Develop strong thesis statements
  • Develop effective outlines
  • Find and integrate credible sources
  • Identify patterns of error and fix these problems on your own
  • Understand and avoid plagiarism
  • Write effective answers to essay exam questions

Writing Tutorial Services offers online writing consultations through Zoom. These consultations help students develop strong thesis statements and effective outlines and find and integrate credible sources.

Schedule an Appointment

Math Learning Center

Throughout the summer, the Math Learning Center (MLC) will continue to offer math tutoring for college pre-algebra to finite and calculus through their online Canvas course.

Get Math Help

Cultural Engagement

Asian Culture Center Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Virtual Events

During April, Indiana University traditionally celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) with the Asian Culture Center (ACC) hosting a variety of events. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the ACC’s programs were postponed or canceled. But Director Melanie Castillo-Cullather and Program Associate Sarah Moon Stamey were committed to ensuring IU continued its celebration of AAPI Heritage Month and worked to move several into a virtual space.

Learn how ACC overcame obstacles due to COVID-19 to stay connected.

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Career Resources

Emergency Coronavirus (COVID-19) Support

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.

Learn more and apply

CAPS - Here to Help

Recognizing these are challenging times for everyone CAPS wants you to know they care. Trained, professional staff give you the confidential support you need. CAPS currently offers limited services by phone and video. 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.

Learn More About CAPS


May 2020

  • Deadline 15: IU Soul Revue Virtual Auditions | Learn more
  • 15, 22, 29: Rise APA Virtual Town Hall Series | various times | Learn more and RSVP
  • 11 & 12: Viewing of "PBS Presents: Asian Americans" | 2:30 - 5 p.m. | Learn more