Overall, underrepresented students now constitute 22.3% of IU Bloomington’s total undergraduate population, up from 17.9% in 2013. In September 2018, for the fourth year in a row, IU Bloomington received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine; and for the second straight year, this campus was named “Diversity Champion,” a designation shared by just 14 universities nationwide.
We are committed to retaining and graduating underrepresented students. In 2015, our Groups Scholars Program moved from one year of funding to four years of funding, helping retain more students. Each year since the 2015 Groups class, the first-year retention rate has been over 90%.
Led by vice provost John Nieto-Phillips and associate vice provosts Dionne Danns and Mary Murphy, the Office of the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion was expanded and enhanced in 2017. OVPDI supports and coordinates diversity efforts campus-wide, embedding evidence-based best practices in the creation of a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus.
The Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society has expanded as an interdisciplinary, academic site for social, scientific, and historical scholarship, as well as collaborative research and training on diversity and social inequality, especially race and ethnicity.
Our LGBTQ+ Culture Center celebrates sexual and gender diversity on a campus rated one of the friendliest in the U.S. for queer students and their friends and supporters, and Campus Pride’s 2017 “Best of the Best” list of the top-25 LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities.