Minority Recruitment and Retention

Student and faculty diversity is a vital component of IU Bloomington's mission of academic excellence. Conscious of the recognized link between diverse student bodies and improved learning outcomes for all students, the university devotes care, attention, and resources to increasing minority representation.

At the core of IU Bloomington's educational mission is a commitment to developing leaders. The university aims to further the causes of democracy and justice by opening pathways to leadership for members of traditionally underrepresented minority groups. Developing a vibrantly diverse campus not only creates opportunities for members to advocate for their own communities, but is also critical for multicultural understanding and collaboration in a deeply interconnected world.

In concert with IU's Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs, the Office of the Provost is working to unite and strengthen university efforts to attract and support minority students and faculty in order to ensure a welcoming, encouraging, and enriching atmosphere for all university community members.

Claude Clegg named Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity

Claude Clegg, professor of history in the College of Arts and Sciences, has been named associate vice provost for faculty development and diversity at Indiana University Bloomington. In the new position, Clegg will work to help recruit faculty and provide them with opportunities to thrive professionally and personally.

The new position reflects a commitment to strengthening the diversity and vitality of the IU Bloomington faculty, supporting personal well-being as well as professional productivity. Clegg will report to James Wimbush, the IU vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, and to Tom Gieryn, the IU Bloomington vice provost for faculty and academic affairs.

He will work with other vice provosts to expand existing faculty development programs and to develop new programs to improve the leadership capacity of the campus and its academic units. He will provide administrative vision for the campus's dual-career recruitment program and for its strategic faculty recruitment program, designed to increase the diversity of IU Bloomington faculty. Clegg also will engage in faculty community-building, facilitating the creation of networks of faculty with similar scholarly interests or personal circumstances and providing mentoring and related support. The position will leverage IU Bloomington's investment in the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity by nurturing accountability circles among small groups of faculty.

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National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity

Indiana University Bloomington has obtained an institutional membership with the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) to provide personalized support for faculty members, graduate students, and post-doctoral scholars. NCFDD offerings include web-based tools for maximizing productivity, personalized mentoring, time-management, and small-group networking with professors and scholars at other universities.

NCFDD has particular strengths in supporting diverse faculty members and scholars through mentoring and peer support. Small groups are organized among faculty members who are navigating through similar life situations, such as being the only minority faculty member in a department or raising small children while pursuing tenure.

IU Bloomington invested in this resource after hearing from faculty members that it made an enormous and positive difference for them. The service is now available to IU Bloomington faculty, graduate students, and postdocs.

During Summer 2013, the campus supported more than 20 faculty members taking part in NCFDD's Faculty Success Program. To find out more about services available to IU faculty members through NCFDD, contact Tom Gieryn, gieryn@indiana.edu.

Martin McCrory named Vice Provost for Educational Inclusion and Diversity

Martin McCrory, an award-winning teacher on the faculty of the Kelley School of Business and chair of its Undergraduate Honors Program, has been appointed associate vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and vice provost for educational inclusion and diversity at Indiana University Bloomington.

McCrory's selection as the new vice provost and associate vice president recognizes his record of teaching excellence and commitment to undergraduate education. He received the 2000 Junior Faculty Award of Excellence from the Academy of Legal Studies in Business, awarded to only one faculty member in the U.S. He has received over two dozen IU teaching awards, including the Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty, the Kelley School's Schuyler F. Otteson Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award, the Kelley Senior Class Award for Outstanding Teaching and Positive Impact, the Alpha Kappa Psi Teacher's Excellence Award, the MBA Teaching Excellence Award, the Harry Sauvain Teaching Award, the IU Student Association Jimmy Ross Award, the Brown Derby Award and the Trustees Teaching Award.

The new position reflects the commitment of the university and campus to attract, support and retain students from minority groups that have been underrepresented in higher education. McCrory will have broad responsibility for inclusion and diversity on the Bloomington campus, and primary responsibility for undergraduate programs including the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program, the Groups Program and the 21st Century Scholars Program.

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Diversity Focus in Office of Enrollment Management

To ensure the recruitment of a fully diverse undergraduate class, the Office of Enrollment Management has reallocated its resources to grow its focus on diversity. In addition to shifting a number of full-time staff positions into diversity recruitment roles, IU Bloomington has created a new position based in Indianapolis. The Associate Director for Diversity Recruitment and Outreach will be dedicated to connecting with pre-college students and their families, schools, and community organizations to increase awareness of and access to IU programs including scholarships and financial aid. 

Balfour Scholars Program

A new program is bringing Indiana high school students from under-represented minority groups to the Indiana University Bloomington campus to introduce them to and prepare them for college and provide support throughout their academic careers at IU.

The Balfour Scholars Program is a project of the Center for P-16 Research and Collaboration at the IU School of Education in collaboration with the IU Office of Enrollment Management and the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs. A pilot program began Summer 2013.

Thanks to a four-year, $800,000 grant from the Lloyd G. Balfour Foundation, whose trustee is Bank of America N.A., the Balfour Scholars Program will provide students with support beginning the summer after their junior year of high school and continuing through the following year. For those who attend IU Bloomington, the support will extend throughout their college education.

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