Our Heritage

Our Heritage

As the world changes, it requires us to constantly reevaluate how we live up to the principles of diversity and inclusion. For decades, Indiana University has been at the forefront of this work, striving for a more diverse and inclusive learning environment for people from all backgrounds. As we approach IU’s 2020 Bicentennial, this is not only the time to celebrate this legacy of excellence. It is also the time to reaffirm our commitment to an even more diverse and welcoming future, and the time to celebrate the work, both old and new, that makes it possible.

James Wimbush

OVPDEMA celebrates 20 years of excellence in 2019, but we recognize that the work of diversity and inclusion at IU extends back decades. We are honored to be the inheritors of this rich legacy, just as we are committed to carrying it forth for generations to come.  

James C. Wimbush is Indiana University’s Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs

Diverse and Inclusive

Asian Culture Center

In its 20 years on IU’s Bloomington campus, the Asian Culture Center has introduced countless students of all backgrounds to the rich histories and traditions of Asian and Asian-American communities. 

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La Casa / Latino Cultural Center

The Latino Cultural Center, commonly known as La Casa, has been fostering community and engagement around Latino history and culture for 45 years.

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Groups Scholars Program

Established in 1968, Indiana University’s Groups Scholars Program has provided financial and academic support to ensure student success for 50 years.

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OVPDEMA is also preparing to celebrate an anniversary of its own, marking 20 years of fostering diversity and inclusion at IU in 2019. For more information about the anniversary celebrations, stay tuned to the OVPDEMA site in the coming months.

Hudson & Holland Scholars Program

The premiere scholarship for underserved minority students at IU, the Hudson & Holland Scholars Program celebrated 30 years of excellence in Spring 2018. To recognize this anniversary, the program awarded the Hudson & Holland Legacy Award to Professor Emerita Charlie Nelms and Professor Kevin Brown for their contributions to the program.  

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Potpourri of the Arts Performance

For 25 years, the African American Arts Institute’s Potpourri of the Arts has featured the best in African American song, dance, and performance that IU has to offer. Attend this year’s 25th anniversary concert, held on November 10th, to enjoy moving performances from the African American Dance Company, the African American Choral Ensemble, and IU Soul Revue. The university will dedicate the African American Dance Company’s dance floor to founding director Iris Rosa during the same weekend.  Visit the AAAI site to enter to win free tickets.

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Researching Our Heritage

In recognition of the 2020 Bicentennial, OVPDEMA is working with Senior Research Fellow Mark McPhail to document the history of diversity and inclusion at Indiana University. McPhail’s research will ultimately be published as a book chronicling the rich legacy of diversity and inclusion at IU. If you know of any historical highlights that should be a part of this research, we would love to hear from you.