Support a Key Project or Multicultural Initiative

Individuals who want to help advance the mission of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs can do so by contributing to a special project.

Carrie Parker Taylor Scholarship

Applications for the Carrie Parker Taylor Scholarship are now being accepted. To be considered for this scholarship, applicants must be a high-achieving rising sophomore, junior, or senior and a 21st Century, Groups, or Hudson and Holland scholar. Priority will be given to first-generation college students. The application and supporting material must be received no later than Friday, March 25, 2016. In addition to the online application, a FAFSA, unofficial student transcript, resume, and one letter of recommendation are required. The instructions and application can be found here.   

Key Projects

IU-HBCU STEM Summer Scholars Program

The Summer Scholars Institute is a component of the IU-HBCU STEM Initiative, which is a science, technology, engineering, and math academic partnership between Indiana University and eleven historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs): Alabama A&M University, Bennett College for Women, Clark Atlanta University, Hampton University, Jackson State University, Langston University, Morehouse College, Morgan State University, North Carolina Central University, Tennessee State University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

The STEM Initiative is intended to attract students from HBCUs and channel them into IU graduate research programs in support of the initiative's effort to help increase the number of underrepresented STEM discipline faculty researchers. The institute is a nine-week summer program of IU and HBCU student participation in research projects conducted by IU faculty on the Bloomington and IUPUI campuses. Institute outcomes include student presentations and posters and the development of a graduate education and continuing research plan for the home institution. Scholars receive a $4,000 stipend, room, and board. The number of Summer Scholars doubled from 11 in 2007 to 22 in 2008. One of the scholars from the 2007 cohort was successfully recruited as the first Herbert Presidential Scholar Ph.D. student in neurosciences. The Summer Scholars Institute is in its infancy, but if allowed to grow and mature it should help expand a graduate student pipeline of African American STEM and other discipline students into IU's graduate and professional degree programs and enhance opportunities for attracting minority faculty across campuses and disciplines. The IU commitment for three years of funding in support of the Summer Scholars Institute ended with the completion of the 2009 summer cohort. The annual operating cost to support a full complement of 30 scholars is $255,000.

Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars and 21st Century Scholars Program Support

The Herbert Presidential Scholars Program and the 21st Century Scholars Program are excellent vehicles of scholarship support for high achieving undergraduate students. However, a significant shortcoming of both scholarships is that they fail to provide programmatic activities that support camaraderie, persistence, and a sense of community among scholars. Students and supporters have recommended that programmatic content be added to supplement the overall scholarship experience. Many of the scholars can be accommodated by existing DEMA activities and programs. For example, 18 of the 54 Bloomington-based Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars who entered IU in 2008 were also Hudson and Holland Scholars and are advantaged by the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program content. Additional funding, however, is needed to cover the cost of program coordination and integration and the added participation of scholars who are not part of the Hudson and Holland Scholars Program.

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Multicultural Initiatives

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs works collaboratively with other units within and outside of IU to present or co-sponsor diversity and multicultural programs that: a) promote diversity; b) provide learning experiences for students and community members; c) enhance recruitment and retention; d) build relationships among students, among members of the IU community, and across communities; and e) provide opportunities of collaboration.

Your financial support will help to: 1) increase our potential to create and participate in innovative programming; 2) increase our level of collaboration with other academic and support units across the university; and 3) provide increased and consistent financial assistance for student group activities. In supporting our multicultural initiatives, you also can designate your contribution toward building upon and expanding the programs and services of any of the following:

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