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Our commitment to advancing racial justice

The Division of Undergraduate Education at IU Indianapolis supports all undergraduate students by supporting high-quality learning and on-time degree completion. Matters of equity have always been at the core of our work, and we are committed to confronting systemic inequities in higher education through our programs and initiatives that propel students of color and those who are underrepresented and/or under-resourced to success.

Below, please find a list of our programs working to create a sense of belonging and inclusivity among students as they enter into and move through their journeys toward achieving graduation.

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University College   |   Honors College   |   Institute for Engaged Learning (IEL)

If you would like to learn more about partnering with the Division of Undergraduate Education to support these initiatives, please contact avcdue@iupui.edu

IU Indianapolis First-Generation Celebration, national designation of IU Indianapolis as a “First Forward” institution

IU Indianapolis has been recognized by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators as a “First Forward” school for our efforts to recognize and support students who are the first in their families to attend college. For the past three years, IU Indianapolis has hosted celebration of students, faculty and staff at IU Indianapolis who are first in their families to attend or graduate college.

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Honors College

The Honors College offers a unique experience with housing, peer mentoring, student organizations, and more benefits that will make students’ time at IU Indianapolis challenging, engaging, meaningful, and relevant. Comprised of high-achieving students from a variety of academic degree programs, our students can experience Honors coursework, one-on-one advising, and opportunities for research, international study, service, and experiential learning that allows students to build strong foundations inside and outside the classroom.

The Honors College has several diversity initiatives and plans underway, including:

  • White ally training for Honors College students.
  • New racial justice lecture series.
  • Existing partnerships with SPAN and Crispus Attucks High School.
  • Pursuing partnerships with other diversity scholarships on campus such as Diversity Scholars Research Program (DSRP), Olaniyan, Norman Brown, and others.
  • Supplemental Study Abroad stipend for underrepresented and/or
    under-resourced Honors College students on top of the current $2,500 we provide.
  • Goal to create Diversity Scholarship to be awarded to Honors Scholars to fulfill unmet need on an individual student basis, while building a cohort of recipients, and creating an identity and community specific to the scholarship.
  • Goal to establish a student award to support dedication to building a diverse community.

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Diversity Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (DS-UROP)

The program is for IU Indianapolis students from underserved and underrepresented populations who want to engage in faculty-mentored research over the summer. The program promotes a diverse and inclusive campus and includes, but is not limited to, students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, military veterans, students underrepresented in their discipline, and LGBTQ+ students, as well as first-generation students with financial need.

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For more information

If you would like to learn more about partnering with the Division of Undergraduate Education to support these initiatives, please contact avcdue@iupui.edu