Advancing Knowledge - Diverse Research

Diversity in research

IU Bloomington will seek diversity among faculty, postdoctoral fellows, undergraduate and graduate students, and institutional partners to pursue high-impact research.

This aligns with IU Bloomington Bicentennial Objective Six.

Sustained collaboration

Goal: Leverage our faculty and alumni to develop deep and sustained collaborative relationships with strategic minority-serving institutions.

Update: In partnership with the IU University Graduate School and the IU-Minority Serving Institutions STEM Initiative, OVPR is providing $75,000 over the next three years in seed funding to encourage faculty at IU Bloomington to engage in collaborative research activities with minority-serving institution faculty who are part of the IU-MSI STEM Initiative.

These seed grant funds are designed to create research collaborations that lead to external proposals submitted for larger grant research funding. 

Diversity Fellows Program
Two IU Bloomington graduate assistants—one focused on recruitment and one on retention—were selected from an initial pool of 70 to focus on researching and analyzing data related to URM enrollment trends in graduate programs at IU.

  • Jacquelyn Grandy. Originally from Georgia, Jacquelyn is currently (spring 2019) a second-year Ph.D. student in Inquiry Methodology at IU Bloomington. Her research focuses on issues related to qualitative participatory media methods, art-based research, representation and performativity of identity, and non-traditional educational environments.
  • Michael Jefferson. Michael is a second-year dual MPA-MSES student pursuing concentrations in energy and policy analysis. At IU Bloomington, he is a Diversity Fellow for the University Graduate School, a research assistant studying coping mechanisms for energy insecurity, and the president of Students for Equity in Public Affairs.