The number of students enrolled at Indiana University East is again on the increase this fall. The campus welcomed its largest incoming class, and one of its most diverse, when classes started August 20.
This summer two students are learning more about diversity, social activism and how they could enhance opportunities at Indiana University East for students.
IU East students Taylor Webster and Mary Webster, sisters from Richmond, Indiana, attended the 31st Annual National Conference for Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE®) held in New Orleans, May 28 to June 2. They were joined at the conference by Latishea Varnesdeel, special assistant to the chancellor and chief diversity officer, Sheila Armstead, director of field/clinical assistant professor for the School of Social Work, and Cal Simpson, lecturer for the School of Business and Economics and advisor to the Multicultural Affairs Club.
Ayanna Thompson, Ph.D., will present on “Shakespeare, Race, and Performance: What We Still Don’t Know” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, in Whitewater Hall Room 132.
Indiana University East will host guest lecturer Sakina Hughes, assistant professor of history at the University of Southern Indiana, from 6-8 p.m., on Wednesday, November 16, in the Whitewater Hall Community Room.
In early June, the Indiana University Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs launched a university-wide diversity assessment. To ensure an objective and comprehensive valuation, outside consultants Halualani and Associates are conducting the assessment of IU Bloomington, IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Southeast, IU South Bend, IU Northwest and the office itself.
Her book, The New Jim Crow, focuses on status of African-American males since the Civil Rights Movement
Indiana University East invites the campus and community to a lecture by Michelle Alexander, a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar, and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, at 3:30 p.m. (EST), Tuesday, January 27, 2015.
Indiana University East will feature Gloria J. Burgess as this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration speaker at 7 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall. Burgess will present “Martin Luther King Jr.: Legacy for Life in the 21st Century.”
Indiana University East will bring Direct Contact Latin Jazz to the Richmond Music Festival, an event organized by the Starr-Gennett Foundation. The festival is Friday, September 12 through Sunday, September 14.
Jennifer Finney Boylan, a professor of English at Colby College and board member of the Indiana University Kinsey Institute, will visit Indiana University East at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, to discuss “Transgendered Identity and the American Ideal of Equality Under the Law.” The discussion will be held in Vivian Auditorium, located in Whitewater Hall.
Indiana University East shared its community-focused projects in the President’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge Inaugural Report published by the U.S. Department of Education. The report highlights participating institutions’ activities as part of President Barack Obama’s national initiative that began in 2011 with the goal of providing or expanding opportunities for students to participate in community service with a component of interfaith engagement.