IU Traditional Powwow is lead event for Native American Heritage Month
The IU Fourth Annual Traditional Powwow will take place Nov. 1 and 2. Many other events are planned.
Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month
Indiana University and the City of Bloomington have organized events to recognize National Hispanic Heritage Month now through the end of October. Join us for the festivities and educational events!
The second annual Diversity Leadership Conference will be welcoming intellectual, author, and journalist Marc Lamont Hill as a keynote speaker, as well as countless budding student leaders, to Indiana University on November 1.
A mentoring groove: IU Soul Revue uses music to connect with Memphis high schoolers
The goal is to teach the students “what they need to be successful, not just as artists, but as scholars,” said Tyron Cooper, director of the IU Soul Revue. “It’s a wonderful feeder system for the Soul Revue and IU.”
Lawyers of Color magazine places IU McKinney among top five law schools in Midwest
Lawyers of Color magazine's 2014 edition of "The Black Student's Guide to Law Schools" looks at placement rates for graduates and percentages of black students and faculty.
NAACP president speaks of setbacks, hope for the future
Cornell William Brooks, national NAACP president, was the keynote speaker at the Indiana NAACP State Conference scholarships and awards banquet, one of the final events of the convention held in the Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center Oct. 24-26, 2014.
Funding available for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day service projects
Don't miss this opportunity. Application deadline is 5 p.m., Monday, November 10, 2014.
Indiana University conference draws public-service-minded students from diverse backgrounds
With a goal of “moving the world forward,” more than 80 students from a range of racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds converged on IU for a conference that introduced them to careers in public service. Marsialle Arbuckle, executive director of Detroit’s Center for Urban Youth and Family Development, presented the keynote address.
IU Bloomington Provost Robel to visit, strengthen ties in South America
IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel will travel to South America to strengthen university partnerships, discuss new collaborations with leading institutions and organizations, and foster relationships with alumni in Brazil and Chile.
Julian Bond presents keynote at launch of IU School of Education's Inspire Living-Learning Center
The Indiana University School of Education formally marked the launch of the Inspire Living-Learning Center with a ceremony featuring remarks from civil rights activist and former NAACP president Julian Bond.
Supreme Court denies to hear appeals case, Ind. gay marriage legal
The Monroe County Clerk’s Office confirmed that it is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Asian Culture Center celebrates sweet 16
The IU ACC celebrated its 16th birthday on October 3 with a free lunch and a panel discussion about the past, present, and future of the center and diversity on campus.
IUPUI is a three-peat winner: Campus receives award for exemplary diversity initiatives
For the third year in a row, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis was selected to receive the 2014 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine.
Black faculty, students come together as IU builds diverse community
IU alumni, professors and staff officially welcomed more than 60 incoming students to campus. The annual pinning ceremony helps students acquire mentors on campus.
IUN marks 50th anniversary of TRIO program
What began as three programs -- Upward Bound, Talent Search, and Student Support Services -- to help American students has blossomed into an array of programs and services that colleges and universities can tailor to their needs.
IU's Culture of Care on Big Ten Network
Students created Culture of Care to educate fellow students about the importance of helping their peers facing personal crises such as drug or alcohol abuse or sexual harassment. Indiana University launches comprehensive Student Welfare Initiative.
Documentarian Natalia Almada to speak at 'Porous Borders' film series at IU Cinema
Natalia Almada will discuss her documentary films about the effects that free trade agreements, narco-trafficking, and immigration have on Mexican culture Oct. 28 as part of the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture Series.
Volunteers sought for 4th annual traditonal powwow at IU Bloomington
This year's powwow will be held on November 1 and 2 at the Indiana Memorial Union in Bloomington.
Indiana NAACP convention coming to Bloomington
The Indiana State Conference of the NAACP will hold its annual convention in Bloomington Friday to Sunday (October 24-26) at the Bloomington Monroe County Convention Center.
Author to 'celebrate' execution anniversary
Robert Collier urged blacks to pursue education before he was executed Oct. 14, 1914, for killing an Evansville police officer. Latonya Collier continues to pass on the message.
Monica A. Medina, a faculty member in the IU School of Education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, will be honored Saturday evening as the 2014 recipient of the IU Latino Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award.
Freshman class reflects focus on diversity
This fall's entering class is the largest and most diverse cohort of first-year students to attend the IU Bloomington campus, boasting the best ever GPA and including solid increases in the number of underrepresented students.
IU announces its 10th class of Herbert Presidential Scholars
The members of the Adam W. Herbert Presidential Scholars Freshman Class of 2014 have an average GPA exceeding 4.0 and an average SAT composite score of 1236, with a range of 900 to 1570.
Holland Lecture hosts scientist who studies gene inactivated in virtually every cancer
Associate professor Joaquín M. Espinosa will discuss effective cancer therapies October 20. The James P. Holland Lecture Series honors the memory of Biology faculty member Jim Holland, a gifted researcher and teacher who was dedicated to the mentoring of minority students in the sciences.
IU expands Groups program to offer funding for 4 years
Thanks to a reorganization of resources, financial help for Groups Scholars has been expanded to four years of college -- starting this academic year for all students in the program.
21st Century Scholars program praised in The Herald-Times
The 21st Century Scholars program provides individual Hoosiers a life-changing opportunity and gives the state a tool with which to build human capital.
Civil rights activist and former NAACP president Julian Bond to deliver Harris Lecture
Bond’s presentation on October 15, “The Broken Promise of Brown,” continues the Maurer School of Law's commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education. On October 16, the IU Cinema will screen select episodes from "Eyes on the Prize," a 14-part civil rights documentary broadcast by PBS and narrated by Bond.
African American Arts Institute to present 'Potpourri of the Arts' Nov. 8
African American Dance Company, African American Choral Ensemble, and IU Soul Revue will perform.
City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males reports funding acquired to honor George Shively
Shively was a baseball player with the Negro Leagues from 1910-1924. Funds will be used to purchase and place headstones on Shively's unmarked grave and those of his family members in Rose Hill Cemetery in Bloomington.
IU visiting scholar at center of Liberia’s battle against Ebola
Mosoka Fallah works to trace contacts of people who developed Ebola and to raise awareness of the virus and calm people’s fears.
IU Northwest's Hollis Donald is a janitor by day, a poet by night
Donald may at first appear to be a man of little words when in fact, the opposite is true.
Judge restores part of Indiana gay marriage suit
A federal judge has reinstated four same-sex couples' claim against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence over the state's refusal to recognize gay marriages performed out of state.
Latinos in Bloomington panel discussion Oct. 14
City of Bloomington Latino Programs and Outreach Division and Indiana University Latino Cultural Center will present a panel discussion on Latinos/Hispanics living in Bloomington.
NAGSA Luncheon Speaker Series at the FNECC
Doctoral Student Davina Two Bears will present "From Rap to Reggae: Contemporary Native Music in Indian Country Today" Oct. 2.
Lunch, cake, planning for the future on October 3 at the IU Asian Culture Center.
The Latino Studies Program presents 'The Politics of Race and Representation' October 3
The event will be followed by Tesoros Latinos at Indiana University Special Exhibit and Reception.
Advocating for Latinos: Summit 2014, October 3rd
The Indiana Latino Higher Education Council's October 3rd Summit builds cohesion and collaboration among professionals concerned with the success of Latino students.
James P. Holland Lecturer to discuss effective cancer therapies
Joaquin Espinosa, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology at University of Colorado Boulder) will present "Taming the p53 network for effective cancer therapies" on Oct. 20.
2nd Annual Diversity Leadership Conference
"Transform U: Empower Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Future"
Saturday, November 1, 2014, registration due Friday, October 24th.
Joon Park Student Leadership Experience Scholarship Award applications due Dec. 1
The Joon Park Student Leadership Experience Award provides an IU Bloomington undergraduate student the opportunity to attend a conference or workshop focused on community engagement, community advocacy, and/or professional development.
Court grants additional stay on same-sex marriage ruling
The second stay guarantees that same-sex couples in Indiana will not be able to get married until the U.S. Supreme Court decides on the case.
NAGSA Lunch Speaker Series: Terri Miles Schuld speaks on "Oliphant to VAWA: Lack of Protection Has Been 'Ringing the Dinner Bell' since 1978"
Terri Miles Schuld presents Oliphant to VAWA: Lack of Protection Has Been “Ringing the DinnerBell” since 1978 at the NAGSA Lunch Speaker Series on September 25th at the FNECC.
Native American Graduate Students Association Lunchtime Fundraiser
$5 Hotdog lunch to benefit the Native American Graduate Student Association programming and the 4th Annual Traditional Powwow, Thursday, September 25th.
'Documented' filmmaker Jose Antonio Vargas to open IU Media School speaker series
Jose Antonio Vargas, writer and director of the documentary "Documented," a film that chronicles his life as a child immigrating from the Philippines to his decision to publicize his legal status, will present on Sep. 23.
OVPDEMA Study Abroad Scholarship applications available for Spring 2015 programs
The application deadline for OVPDEMA's Study Abroad Scholarship for Spring 2015 programs is Sep. 22, 2014.
Native Waters: A Chitimacha Recollection featured on WTIU
These Native Americans are among the first people of Louisiana and heirs of an unbroken 8,000-year past in their native coastal region of the Atchafalaya Basin of Louisiana—where they lose their ancestral territory to forces other than conquest.
IU Southeast graduate receives Charlie Nelms Alumni Award
“Kay [Frances Lindsey] was perfect for this award because of her exceptional contribution to the development of an exemplary IU alumni chapter and her unique style of being a change agent behind the scenes," said Clarence Boone Jr., the IU Alumni Association's alumni relations officer and director of diversity programs.
IU named top-50 LGBT friendly university
IU was recently named one of the top 50 GLBT-friendly universities in the United States by Campus Pride, a nonprofit organization that works to create friendly, safe environments for GLBT students on college campuses.
State takes same sex marriage to Supreme Court
Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller announced the state is appealing the 7th Circuit Court’s ruling that Indiana’s same sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.
National Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off reception Sep. 15
Plan to attend this year's National Hispanic Heritage Month kick-off reception. Find a link to a calendar of additional NHHM events.
Gay marriage ban ruled unconstitutional, stay remains
The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals declared on Thursday gay marriage bans in Indiana and Wisconsin unconstitutional. The stay issued by the court will still be enacted.
IU's Groups Scholars Program now offering four years of funding for undergraduates
Through a reallocation of resources -- without adding any new funding to the program -- IU’s diversity leaders have ensured that every student accepted to the Groups program will receive assistance for four years.
IU expands recruiting efforts for 21st Century Scholars program
The program has grown by 90 percent on the Bloomington campus in the past seven years.
New Graduate Mentorship Center to help students complete degrees
IU's new Graduate Mentorship Center seeks to provide graduate students with services and training that will allow them to be better mentored. At the same time, they will also learn better how to mentor others through workshops and speakers, said Maria Hamilton Abegunde, director of the center.
George Chakiris of 'West Side Story' fame to speak at IU Cinema
George Chakiris, best known for his role as Bernardo in the film "West Side Story," will appear at 3 p.m. Sept. 5 at IU Cinema. He is also scheduled to be present during screenings of "West Side Story" and "The Young Girls of Rochefort."
Students stage Ferguson demonstration
About 40 IU students gathered Aug. 26 at the Showalter Fountain to rally in support of the people of Ferguson, Mo.
IU alums at forefront of same-sex marriage fight
ACLU of Indiana legal director asked IU alums Greg Hasty and CJ Vallero (who were among the first of hundreds of same-sex couples to be married when a federal judge struck down Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage in late June) to be plaintiffs in his organization’s case against the state.
'Freedom Summer' app teaches about forces that shaped passage of Civil Rights Act
“Freedom Summer and the Civil Rights Act of 1964” is now available as an iPad app and on the web.
GLBT student services office becomes university-wide
IU’s office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services has moved from the Division of Student Affairs to the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs.
Two Hudson and Holland Scholars awarded City of Bloomington Bravo Award for service to the community
The City of Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department recognized IU Hudson and Holland scholars Stephanie Rosa and Jordan Crowe for their leadership in running the STEM Outreach Club at the "Banneker at the View" community program.
These 3 sisters overcame deep obstacles to excel at IU
Ashley, Angel and Amber Sanders recall how much they've been through; going from a home for abused and neglected children to graduation at Indiana University.
IU names Abegunde as first director of new Graduate Mentorship Center
Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde, the first person to receive a Ph.D. from IU’s Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, will be the first director of the new Graduate Mentorship Center.
National Moment of Silence events were held in at least 100 communities across the country in the wake of a recent incident in Ferguson, Missouri, where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was fatally shot on Saturday. Since then, local police have been criticized for firing tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of protestors.
IU experts are available to discuss the Michael Brown killing and its aftermath.
This fall's entering class is the largest and most diverse cohort of first-year students to attend the IU Bloomington campus, boasting the best ever GPA and including solid increases in the number of underrepresented students.
New IU Admissions site highlights diversity resources
Visit IU Admissions' "Diversity: Life at IU" page.
IU's big presence at Indiana Black Expo featured in Inside IU.
Tens of thousands attended this year's gathering, where IU's presence was increased with a wide range of events.
OVPDEMA's David Hummons elected vice chair of City of Bloomington Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commission
Hummons will also serve as the commission's appointee to the City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males.
Kwong named one of 50 Best New Poets for 2014
IU alum and instructor Lisa Kwong's poem was selected from nearly 4,000 poems submitted by emerging writers from across the nation.
American Indian Studies Research Institute associate director awarded $275,000 grant
Douglas Parks will use the award for his project "Historical Voices of the Plains Earth Lodge Peoples II."
Tyron Cooper, an assistant professor in the IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies, penned the music for the public television documentary on Bobby ‘Slick’ Leonard. Documentary to be broadcast in Bloomington in August.
FNECC hopes to start the fall semester at its new location at 712 E. Eighth St., Bloomington.
Indiana University mourns the passing of grad student and former rower Karlijn Keijzer
The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs would like to express its sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Karlijn Keijzer. Links to related stories added Jul. 27, 2014.
Fish fry to raise funds for Jimmy Ross Endowment Fund for Diversity Initiatives
The Northside Exchange Club is sponsoring the Jimmy Ross Memorial Annual Fish Fry on August 8, 2014, at the IU Football Stadium. Proceeds from the fish fry will be donated to the Jimmy Ross Endowment Fund for Diversity Initiatives.
IU Bloomington named one of top LGBT-friendly universities
The Campus Pride top 50 list is based on data from the Campus Pride Index, which includes detailed reports on the policies, programs, and practices toward LGBT students, faculty, and staff at more than 425 college campuses.
OVPDEMA welcomes Mulcahy
Rick Mulcahy is the new program advisor for the IU Hudson and Holland Scholars Program.
IU Bloomington names 2014-15 Academic Leadership Program fellows
Sharlene Newman, associate professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, was one of this year's IU Bloomington fellows.
IU's Balfour Scholars program helps students apply for college
This year marked the second year the scholars have come to IU for the five-day program to learn about the college application process and college life.
IU students will conduct camp to help Rwandan primary-school students with English. The trip is an annual event of the collaborative service-learning project that connects students in IU's Global Village Living-Learning Center, middle and high school students in New Jersey, and African primary-school pupils in Rwanda who collaborate on storytelling, writing, and publishing new books.
Why an African-American sports pioneer remains obscure
Alice Coachman Davis, the first African-American woman to win Olympic gold, died on Monday, July 14, at age 90. Why don't we know her?
IU football legend discusses IU experience and civil rights
The Civil Rights Act was passed 50 years ago this month, but IU football legend George Taliaferro doesn't think racial equality has been achieved.
African American Chorale Ensemble director honored in Long Street Bridge Cultural Wall Program
Raymond Wise, a professor in the IU Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies as well as the director of the African American Chorale Ensemble, is among those being honored in bridge project.
The status of marriages between same-sex couples in Indiana is still up in the air after a federal appeals court stopped same sex marriages until the state’s appeal can be heard.
IUPUI Urban Education Ph.D. program boasts a majority of Black enrollees
Director Jim Scheurich notes that the majority of students who enroll in this non-traditional doctorate program are Black and have professional backgrounds in education.
IU archaeologist weighs in on road to go through area rich in Native American artifacts
The Indiana Department of Transportation is looking for a route through Clark County, an area well known for its Native American artifacts, for a heavy-haul corridor to move large trucks and trains.
A Native American take on tornadoes
As scientists continue to search for what forces create a tornado, historians explore the beliefs of Native Americans 100 to 200 years ago.
IU alumna Jane Chu has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as chair of the National Endowment of the Arts
Chu will become the 11th head of the independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation.
GLBT Library launches summer reading program
High school and college students can participate in the program for free and earn a prize bag stuffed with goodies.
IU Kelley School of Business launches program for underrepresented students
High school students from underrepresented groups will participate in the IU Kelley School of Business "MEET Kelley" program for a week of instruction, campus activities, and a case competition. The new program has been designed for high-performing high school seniors who are African American, Latino or Hispanic, Native American, or Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.
Tillman awardee reflects on journey
From his birth in Nicaragua during a national revolution through serving in the U.S. army to being set to receive his Jurisdictional Determination from IU McKinney School of Law in December 2015—Tillman Military Scholar Carlos Gonzalez plans to pursue a military and law enforcement career in the courtroom to provide legal services for underserved people.
McNair Scholars Summer Research Symposium Aug. 8
Please join us as the McNair Scholars present the results of their summer research projects.
McNair Scholars meet IU graduate Dr. Orlando Taylor
IU graduate Dr. Orlando Taylor presented an inspirational talk to IU Bloomington's McNair Scholars entitled, "McNair Today... The PhD Tomorrow."
Diversity Leadership Conference Nov. 1. Save the date!
This year's theme will be "Transform U: Empower Your Vision, Your Voice, Your Future."
Get involved! First annual Bloomington PRIDE Summerfest
Bloomington Pride seeks volunteers, vendors, artists, and sponsors for its summerfest on September 5 and 6.
Plan to attend 2014 Fall Kickoff and Welcome Reception
FASE, Atkins LLC, Groups, HHSP, and 21st Century Scholars welcome reception will be Aug. 28. RSVP by Aug. 15.
National Hispanic Heritage Month calendar of events callout
Hispanic/Latino themed activities (e.g., lectures, discussions, exhibits, music, arts, cuisine) are sought for the annual National Hispanic Heritage Month celebration calendar of events. Submission deadline is Aug. 1.
Free Counseling Service Available at the Asian Culture Center
The Asian Culture Center will provide a FREE confidential counseling service this summer from May 13 to July 31, 2014.
OVPDEMA Study Abroad Scholarships open the world to IU students
The IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs has sent 108 students to 44 countries and 51 cities throughout the world since the establishment of the OVPDEMA Study Abroad Scholarship in 2013.
Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship winners announced
Melinda Brennan and Laclyn Lahr are the winners of the 2014 Won-Joon Yoon Scholarship which honors IU Bloomington students whose academic, professional, and personal accomplishments and goals exhibit tolerance, understanding, and commitment to service.
Womenetics Global Women's Initiative conference and scholarship
Womenetics encourages future leaders to think critically about the business issues affecting women today by offering $15,000 in scholarship funds and an expense-paid trip to participate in the Global Women’s Initiative conference in Chicago on Nov. 12, 2014. Scholarship deadline: Jul. 25, 2014.
Joyce Rogers featured in Inside IU
Joyce Q. Rogers, the former president and CEO of Indiana Black Expo, will be on hand in her new role as vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs and senior advisor for strategic development initiatives at Indiana University.
NMAC National President sends reminder to join IU alums at Indiana Black Expo
On behalf of the Neal-Marshall Alumni Club, National President Karen Williams issues a reminder and invitation to join IU alums at the 2014 Indiana Black Expo in Indianapolis on Jul. 19.
Start your day at the annual IU Alumni Jazz Brunch Jul. 19
Register for the brunch by July 16 to get the special reduced-price admission pass.
Party with IU at Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration
Join us for special Indiana University events on Sat., Jul. 19, 2014.
Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence nominations requested
Serve Indiana Awards for Excellence are Indiana’s most prestigious awards celebrating the accomplishments of dedicated volunteers and service members from across the state. Nomination deadline is July 18, 2014.
SPEA student Noelle Gipson has traveled the world thanks to her time at IU.
Juneteenth event focuses on farming's value
Visitors who attended Lyles Station Museum's annual Juneteenth celebration learned about the importance of farming to the community’s settlers and the continuing connection of farming to people of today.
International strategic plan continues to guide IU’s efforts to enhance student opportunities, global alumni engagement, and diversity.
Building a Dream: Teacher builds school in Sierra Leone
During his award-winning teaching career in Indiana, Francis Mustapha, MA’73, EdS’79—who came to the U.S. for college at age 18—was always thinking ahead to the day he would return to Madina and start a school.
Remembering Maxine A. Thurston-Fischer (1939-2014)
Maxine A. Thurston-Fischer, BS’60, who dedicated her life to social work, died in Miami on Feb. 23, 2014.
Maya Angelou: Phenomenal woman
Audrey T. McCluskey, professor emerita of IU African American and African Diaspora Studies and former director of the IU Black Film Center/Archive, pays tribute to Maya Angelou in a guest column submitted to The Herald-Times.
Bloomington commissions seek members
The City of Bloomington Commission on the Status of Black Males, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration Commission, and Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs are each seeking a new member.
IU Department of Anthropology to offer American Indian Dance and Powwow Culture class
This course, offered during the Fall 2014 semester, explores the historic roots of contemporary American Indian social dance and powwow culture.
IU's GLBT office poised to move into campus office of Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs
IU's office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Student Support Services will officially move from its current home in the Division of Student Affairs to the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs on July 1.
Federal judge rules Indiana's gay marriage ban unconstitutional
Same-sex couples were allowed to marry immediately following the ruling. Update: Stay issued on a lower court ruling that declared Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages unconstitutional essentially stops county clerks from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until an appellate decides on the case.
'Freedom Summer' premiers on WTIU Jun. 24
In 1964 over 700 students joined activists to force the country to recognize the violence and injustice in Mississippi. Watch previews of the documentary and take the quiz.
Asian immigrants discuss discrimination
Local Asian immigrants share their experiences. Ellen Wu, IU assistant professor of history and author of a new book The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origin of the Model Minority, comments.
Herrera named Latino Educator of the Year
The Indiana Daily Student reports on IU Department of Spanish and Portuguese lecturer Israel Herrera who was named the 2014 Indiana Latino Educator of the Year.
Eiteljorg Museum turns 25 and celebrates 22nd annual 'Indian Festival and Market'
The museum presents art, history, and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The Indian Market and Festival (Jun. 21-22) features Native performers and more than 150 artists from more than 60 tribes.
Dr. Charlie Nelms Alumni Award nominations due Jun. 18
The individual nominated must possess a track record of success and be recognized by colleagues as a leader in his/her respective profession or community.
10 signs of institutionalized racism
Robin L. Hughes, associate professor in higher education student affairs in the IU School of Education at IUPUI, shares her top ten signs of institutionalized racism.
The office of IU Community and School Partnerships is accepting applications from middle and high schools to request IU Bloomington students to visit their communities and speak with their students about the college choice.
Stand-up and television make room for Cristela Alonzo
Cristela Alonzo makes her Bloomington debut at the Limestone Comedy Festival just weeks after her TV show was picked up by ABC.
Blog follows IU delegation's Asian trip
The "IU Goes to Asia" blog follows IU President Michael McRobbie and his delegation on their trip to Asia May 17-30, 2014.
OVPDEMA welcomes Babita Upadhyay as the new Special Projects Coordinator for the Office of Mentoring Services and Leadership Development and the 21st Century Scholars.
Indiana University Spring 2014 Commencement links and stories.
After the death of literary figure Maya Angelou, George Taliafero and Mari Evans are interviewed about Angelou's first visit to Indiana University Bloomington.
Three IU students become the university's first Tillman Military Scholars
Three Indiana University students were named 2014 Tillman Military Scholars, the first students from IU to receive the prestigious scholarship since the program’s inception.
IUPUI Africana Studies Program receives award from National Council for Black Studies
The Africana Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis has received the Mary McLeod Bethune and Carter G. Woodson Award for Outstanding Service in the Promotion of Social Responsibility in Africana Studies from the National Council for Black Studies.
First PhD in African American and Diaspora Studies featured in Inside IU Bloomington
During her doctoral program at IU, Maria E. Hamilton Abegunde found an unexpected form of support for her research: She became a student doula at Bloomington Area Birth Services, assisting midwives and mothers in labor with childbirth and the post-partum adjustment.
Latino Faculty and Staff Council recognizes diversity with awards ceremony
LFASC presented "Latino Awards" to recognize important contributions by Indiana University undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.
IU School of Journalism grad to handle communications for IUPUI chancellor's office
Vernon A. Williams, IU School of Journalism graduate and former vice president of communications for Indiana Black Expo, has been named assistant to IUPUI Chancellor Charles R. Bantz for communications.
IU Northwest, Ivy Tech connect with community during cleanup and block party
Students from IU Northwest and Ivy Tech connected with the Gary, Ind. community during the sixth annual Earth Day cleanup. A "meet and greet" neighborhood party followed the cleanup.
IUPUI professor reflects on sports, race, and the 'new normal' of race relations in American culture
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis professor Robin L. Hughes discusses issues raised by the taped conversations of NBA owner Donald Sterling, and the recent Supreme Court deliberations on affirmative action.
Grant to support IUPUI STEM training
IUPUI has received a nearly $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation. The school will use the funds to develop a training program for high school science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in low-income districts in the Indianapolis area.
- The IU Office of the President issued the statement as an expression of the university's commitment to student welfare and safety, and a culture of care on all our campuses.
IU Asian Culture Center organizes 'festival of colours'
Students gathered to celebrate Holi during American Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month at IU Bloomington.
Louise Goggans, president of the Neal-Marshall Indianapolis Alumni Chapter, featured in Inside IUPUI
The Neal-Marshall Alumni Club represents the history of achievement for African American students at IU. As an IU alumna and chapter president, Goggans is a part of the history then and now.
IU Asian Culture Center hosts Kurdish speaker, provides traditional food
The IU Asian Culture Center hosted Bloomington community member Kanyaw Ali to talk about the history of Kurdish people during IU Bloomington's celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Festival celebrates Asian cultures
Asianfest, held annually at the Bloomington Farmers' Market, is the IU Asian Culture Center's biggest event for the community.
Black film advocate Mary Perry Smith recently donated a large collection to IU's Black Film Center/Archive, enriching the campus's growing film culture and provide teaching and research resources for The Media School.
The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs congratulates award recipients Leighton Johnson and Annie Willis.
Eric Love and Rob Meyer receive Chester A. Berry Award
Love and Meyer received the award—that recognizes outstanding writing in the field of college unions and student activities—for their article "The Influence of Whiteness on College Unions."
Iris Rosa, African American Dance Company Celebrate 40 Years
Iris Rosa has been the director of the African American Dance Company since it was established in 1974.
- Wise was invited to New York to accompany the Honor Choir for the Carnegie Hall debut of his choral arrangement of "Daa Naa Se."
Israel F. Herrera named 2014 Indiana Latino Educator of the Year and receives 2014 FACET award for excellence in teaching and learning
He is the first Latino faculty member from IU Bloomington to receive this state award that recognizes dedication and service to the teaching profession.
IU professor's book explores how Asian Americans became 'model minority'
"As a historian," Professor Ellen Wu said, "I wanted to understand this astonishing change—from 'yellow peril' to model minority. I wanted to understand how that happened."
IU's Department of African American and African Diaspora Studies awarding its first doctorate
A milestone for her and the department, Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde will receive the first Ph.D. degree since the African American and African Diaspora Studies' doctoral program was established in 2009.
#BringBackOurGirls awareness forum to be held May 14
Learn more about the missing girls of northeastern Nigeria and stand in unified empathy with their families. Dr. Osita Afoaku (IU SPEA) will discuss the contemporary reality of the Boko Haram.
Nigerian Immigrants Struggle With British Identity in Huffington Post blog
IU senior Victor Obasaju blogs for the Huffington Post about the struggles Nigerian immigrants have with British identity.
Indiana Latino Expo on May 3
The all-day event to be held at the Indiana State Fairgrounds is free of charge and bilingual. Volunteers are needed.
Commission on Multicultural Understanding Awards Ceremony Apr. 30
The IU Commission on Multicultural Understanding (COMU) annually presents awards to honor individuals who actively support, participate in, or encourage the exploration of cultural diversity in and around the Indiana University Bloomington campus.
The legacy continues: IU Soul Revue spring concert May 3
Listen, groove, and dance to the soulful sounds of the IU Soul Revue, America’s first and finest collegiate popular music ensemble. View a video promo.
IU honors legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
DEMA news stories highlighting Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at Indiana University.
Foundations in Science and Mathematics Summer Program for High School Students
The two-week summer program is designed to help local students prepare for upcoming high school science and mathematics courses. An information meeting will be held on May 3.
IU's first doctorate in African American and African Diaspora Studies announced
A milestone for her and the department, Maria Eliza Hamilton Abegunde's dissertation defense was unanimously voted a "pass with distinction" by her research committee.
Nanta Hosh Chahta Immi? (What Are Choctaw Lifeways?): Cultural Preservation in the Casino Era
This talk will focus on the contemporary tribal cultural preservation practices of Choctaw Indians and their community based cultural revival efforts. April 30
Viewing of "Revolution: Emergent Theater Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr."
Watch the DVD of "Revolution: Emergent Theater Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." shot live during this year's King Holiday Celebration in January. April 29th, 7:30pm, Fine Arts 015
Student combines passions for technology, teaching and IU in new job with UITS
IU Bloomington senior Steven Thompson featured in Inside IU Bloomington.
IU student Julian Batts appeared on 'Wheel of Fortune' as part of 'College Week'
Julian Batts—a Hudson and Holland Scholar, Herbert Presidential Scholar, and Hutton Honors College student—appeared on the show Fri., Apr. 11. Family members, DEMA staff, and fellow students attended a watch party on campus to support Batts.
Two external scholarship opportunities announced
ProofreadingServices.com Writing Scholarship application deadline is Jun. 1, 2014. The F.C. Tucker Company scholarship applications are due May 30, 2014.
Call for IU Distinguished Asian Alumni nominations
The award recognizes outstanding men and women who impact their local communities and the greater Asian/Pacific American community, exhibit excellence and achievement in their careers, and inspire future IU alumni. Nomination deadline has been extended to 5pm on Fri., Jun. 13.
Call for IU Distinguished Latino Alumni nominations
The award provides recognition of outstanding achievement by Latino alumni of Indiana University. Nomination deadline is midnight on Mon., Jun. 30.
IU Latino Alumni Association Undergraduate Scholarship applications due Jul. 1
The scholarship awards and recognizes students who are prepared academically, involved in their community, exhibit leadership qualities benefiting the IU Latino community, and work to foster an appreciation of the Latino experience in the U.S.
Students honor Vice President and Dean Wimbush at 2nd Annual Native American Health and Wellness Community Dance
The event, held April 5, was both a community dance and educational experience—with information about health issues as well as free health screenings available.
IU alumnus Tavis Smiley to receive Walk of Fame Star
"Life is more about moments than milestones," Smiley said. "The star is a milestone, but the precious moments I spent in preparation at IU will be forever cherished."
Cultural festivals, documentary film screenings and panel discussions are among other highlights for the month-long series of activities that highlight issues facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
IU Indian Student Association hosts charity event to benefit children
The IU Indian Student Association hosted "Aasha: A Night for the Children" on Apr. 12 to raise money for the Aarushi-Shelter Home for Girls in India.
Expanded worldviews: Student groups from two campuses traveled to Memphis over spring break
Student groups from two IU campuses traveled to Memphis, Tenn., over spring break in March for separate programs with some overlapping results: participants from both groups shared life-changing experiences that impacted their world views.
Edward James Olmos sings praises of discipline in IU Cinema lecture
Award-winning actor and filmmaker Olmos delivered the Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture on Apr. 4.
Women’s suffrage reenactment march held
The IU Black Student Union organized a Women’s Suffrage Reenactment March across the IU Bloomington campus to encourage people—especially women—to vote.
Muslim students share their experiences at IU
During Islamic Awareness Week, three IU students talk about what it's like being Muslim at IU and in the United States.
IU alumna Jane Chu nominated to head National Endowment for the Arts
President Barack Obama has nominated IU alumna Jane Chu to head the National Endowment for the Arts.
IU Bloomington Professional Council to host diversity and inclusion discussion on Apr. 23
Event panelists are Lauren Robel, James Wimbush, Joyce Rogers, and Martin McCrory.
Experts to discuss how to disrupt 'school-to-prison pipeline' for students of color
A panel of experts on race and education will discuss the problem of the "school-to-prison pipeline" during a public event Apr. 17 at IUPUI.
Steele recounts obstacles in path of becoming host of ESPN’s top shows
ESPN's Sage Steele visited the IU Bloomington campus as a part of the School of Journalism Speaker Series. Next in the Speaker Series will be Sonia Nazario, author of Enrique’s Journey, who will talk Apr. 16.
IU African American Dance Company to celebrate 40th concert with dance premiere, alumni activities
Join the AADC as it celebrates 40 years with special concert performances Apr. 11-13.
Inaugural Asian Pacific American Inspiration Awards and Conference on 'Intercultural Hospitality' Apr. 9
The conference will engage the IU community to co-produce opportunities for enriching intercultural hospitality within, across, and beyond Asian American communities.
'Race in the Workplace' panel discussion Apr. 8
This IU Hudson and Holland Scholars Program event counts as a group advising session.
Pulitzer-winning author Junot Díaz to give public reading in Bloomington for IU workshop
Díaz's novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and a National Book Critics Circle Award. The reading will be held Apr. 8.
'State of Hate and Extremism in the U.S.' workshop on Apr. 8 to feature Lecia Brooks
The goal is for participants of all backgrounds to come away from the workshop understanding how to better advocate for the acceptance and inclusion of all cultures.
Urban farmer and MacArthur Genius Fellow Will Allen to headline SustainIU week
Allen, a former professional basketball player and corporate sales leader, founded Growing Power in 1993 to support what he terms “community food systems”: networks dedicated to providing equal access to affordable and nutritious food. He will lecture on Apr. 8.
National Association of Hispanic Journalists at IU to hold 'Meet the Media" event Apr. 7
The NAHJ at IU invites students, staff, and faculty members to a free "Meet the Media" networking dinner to discuss Hispanic issues you want to see covered in the news.
African American Choral Ensemble Spring Concert, Apr. 5
Inspirational and spiritually uplifting! Directed by Dr. Raymond Wise.
2nd Annual Native American Health and Wellness Community Dance to take place Apr. 5
Free health screenings and intertribal dancing will highlight the event. Volunteers are needed to help with the event!
Latino Film Festival and Conference to be held Apr. 3-5
The event showcases the “Transnational Lives” that define Latina/o experiences in the United States mainland and beyond.
Award-winning actor and filmmaker Edward James Olmos will deliver a Jorgensen Guest Filmmaker Lecture and will also introduce his 2001 film "In the Time of Butterflies," at the IU Cinema on Apr. 4.
First Year Experience Conference at IMU on Apr. 2
Register now to learn about various institutional programs and resources which enhance the first-year experience of our students and positively impact student retention.
Award-winning microbiologist Rachel Dutton to present Wood Lecture for undergraduate women Mar. 31
Designed to encourage undergraduate women to pursue advanced degrees in science, the Joan Wood Lecture Series provides a forum for undergraduates to interact with women in science-related careers.
Women's Suffrage Reenactment March to take place Mar. 30
Please join the Women's Suffrage Reenactment March to recognize Women's History Month and encourage voter registration.
Patrick Wang's lecture is in association with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month activities.
Join us in the IMU Federal Room on Thu., Mar. 27, from 4-6pm. Please RSVP.
Help create a difference . . .
La Casa Latino Cultural Center is collecting needed items now through Mar. 28 for Shalom Community Center in Bloomington.
IU Latino Faculty and Staff Council accepting Latino awards nominations through Mar. 21
Awards will be presented to individuals or groups who have participated in service, mentoring, or promoting diversity initiatives that enhance and support Latinos on campus.
ESPN's Sage Steele to lecture Mar. 24
Steele will recount her path from IU student to broadcast career. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2014 call for programs
IU Asian Culture Center seeks programs for upcoming Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (online calendar deadline: Mar. 25).
IU engaged in aggressive recruitment campaign to increase diversity
IU's increased focus on diversity has led to new staff, collaborations, and recruitment outreach.
Watch the 2013 Indiana Black Expo and IU Partnership Recap Video
… to recall the multitude of great experiences … or to see what you missed!
- Students and faculty from IU's acclaimed IU Soul Revue traveled to Memphis to work with talented local youths.
IU graduate student Landon Jones honored as Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow.
The award recognizes and affirms the outstanding contributions Jones has made to the community and encourages his continued development as a leader.
IU Bloomington records best completion rates in state
The IndyStar examined the recently released state report that showed only a fraction of all Hoosier students earn their degrees within the traditional two- or four-year time frames.
Nominations for 2014 COMU Awards accepted through 5pm on Mar. 17
The IU Commission on Multicultural Understanding gives the awards in recognition of those actively supporting, participating in, or encouraging the exploration of cultural diversity in and around the IU Bloomington campus.
Indiana Commission for Women honors Angela Espada with 2014 Torchbearer Award
Angela Espada serves as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at IUPUI.
DEMA 21st Century Scholars director Jim Gibson meets with Liberian President and other dignitaries
Gibson was named to the official IU delegation that met with Liberian dignitaries to discuss a variety of issues in higher education administration.
IU targets minorities for recruitment, aims to build diversity
The recently released Campus Strategic Plan includes initiatives to recruit and retain undergraduates, focusing on diversity and increasing the number of underrepresented students on campus.
IU Bloomington admissions adds position, realigns staff to focus on diversity
IU Bloomington appointed Khala Granville as associate director of admissions with responsibility for diversity-oriented student recruitment and outreach in Indianapolis and the surrounding areas.
WRTV6 interviews Hudson and Holland Scholar Brittany Harvey
Brittany Harvey talked with WRTV6 about the United Negro College Fund and how it made it possible for her to attend Indiana University.
IU campuses throughout the state celebrate Black History Month
IU campuses around the state will host discussions, performances, readings, film screenings, and more throughout February in honor of Black History Month.
IU's 2014 Black History Month theme is 'Let's Move! Freedom and Wellness in Civil Society'
This year's Black History Month Celebration at IU Bloomington will feature more than 25 events in February.
Celebrate Black History Month in Bloomington and at IU
The City of Bloomington, the community, and the IU Bloomington campus are celebrating Black History Month throughout February with several events, activities, and programs.
Diversity roundtable focuses on problems faced by international, undocumented students
The IU Student Association held a Diversity Roundtable to talk about problems and isolation under-represented students had faced on campus.
McNutt history lecture to discuss African American soldiers' struggles in World War I
Marshall University historian Jennifer D. Keene will present a free lecture on Feb. 27 about how African American soldiers in World War I faced two struggles for democracy: one at home and one abroad.
Submission deadline Feb. 28 for the P.J. and Hilda W. Hill Award
The $5000 P.J. and Hilda W. Hill Award is presented each spring to an outstanding graduating senior who has worked to "better race relationships" during his/her undergraduate career. Please encourage qualified seniors to apply!
A passover at our nation's crossroads
WFIU's George Walker reviews the Cardinal Stage Company's production of The Whipping Man.
Sheryl Allen recognized as influential African American educator
Dr. Sheryl E. Allen has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential African American Educators for 2014 by Black Health Magazine.
Mellonee Burnim named director of IU's Archives of African American Music and Culture
As an educator and researcher with more than three decades of experience and an ethnomusicologist specializing in African American sacred music and the musics of the African diaspora, Burnim will bring a diverse background and wealth of knowledge to the institute.
IU historian Claude Clegg named associate vice provost for faculty development and diversity
Clegg will work closely with the IU Bloomington Office of the Provost and the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs to help recruit faculty and provide them with opportunities to thrive professionally and personally.
Chinese students at IU Bloomington will mark the Year of the Horse
IU Chinese Scholars and Students Association will host a free Spring Festival Gala with food and entertainment on Feb. 7.
FNECC is working to create a community for Native Americans at IU.
Vice President and Dean Wimbush's statement on IU joining Freedom Indiana
"With this membership, Indiana University has made a strong statement that diversity of all kinds is celebrated, appreciated, and welcomed at IU," said Wimbush.
Nominations sought for annual Outstanding Black Male Leaders of Tomorrow
Nomination deadline is Feb. 11.
IU Latin American Music Center prepares Valentine concert for Feb. 13
The IU Latin American Music Center is proud to present its 5th Annual Latin Valentine Concert, and it promises to be the perfect excuse for a romantic musical Valentine’s day date.
César E. Chávez Undergraduate Research Symposium to be held Mar. 6-7
The IU Latino Studies Program invites IU undergraduates to participate in its César E. Chávez Undergraduate Research Symposium from March 6-7, 2014.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to perform at IU Auditorium, engage with IU students
Renowned modern dance ensemble Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater will perform at IU Auditorium Mar. 12. Earlier that day, the company's dancers will conduct a masterclass for IU dance students. Dance students and students from various IU-affiliated organizations will attend a free pre-show discussion.
IU Northwest to celebrate Black History Month
IU Northwest celebrates Black History Month with free performances, discussions, and movies throughout February.
PBS' 'American Masters' to profile Alice Walker during Black History Month
WTIU will commemorate Black History Month with shows including a profile of 'The Color Purple' author Alice Walker. The program will air Fri., Feb. 7, at 9:00 p.m.
"Cover Bloomington" volunteers assist at Interfaith Winter Shelter on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Over 120 student volunteers participated in the FASE Advisory Board "Cover Bloomington" project, collecting canned goods and helping at the shelter.
Students discuss diversity struggles during Asian Culture Center's Over a Cup of Tea
The IU Asian Culture Center's January 23rd "Over a Cup of Tea" discussion aimed to extend the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.
"The Three Doctors" Sampson Davis, Rameck Hunt, and George Jenkins spoke during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Breakfast on Jan. 20.
Students reflect on MLK during Unity Summit: ‘Diversity is more than race’
Nearly 50 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, some say sexual orientation, gender, and economic status need to be included in discussions about diversity.
IU School of Medicine celebrating Diversity Week with special presentations
The IU School of Medicine Diversity Week speaker series focuses attention on diversity issues in medical education, including disparities in health care access, infant mortality rates, and the lack of minorities in U.S. medical schools and in practice.
IU Bloomington celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy with a week of activities
A visit by three African American doctors whose story inspired an acclaimed documentary and three best-selling books highlighted a week of activities at Indiana University Bloomington celebrating the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy.
Hundreds of IUPUI volunteers participated in King Day of Service
More than 500 students, faculty, and staff at IUPUI honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of service by volunteering at 21 community agencies.
Sage Steele and Sonia Nazario to participate in IU School of Journalism spring speaker series
Steele, host of ESPN’s "NBA Countdown" show, will speak on March 24 and Nazario, whose Los Angeles Times series about a young immigrant’s trek from Honduras to Florida to find his mother won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize, will speak on April 16.
IUPUI honors awardees at inaugural Madame C.J. Walker/Frederick Douglass Annual Lecture Series
Two founders of university centers focused on African American business ventures were honored for their contributions during an IUPUI lecture series
Leadership at Lunch series co-sponsored by La Casa and the 21st Century Scholars Office
Students are invited to attend Leadership at Lunch sessions to network and hone their job search skills.
Statehouse unveiling planned for busts of Black legislators
The State of Indiana's 23rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Celebration will be Thu., Jan. 16, from 12:30-2pm at the Indiana Statehouse. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
Vice President and Dean James Wimbush talked with Inside IU Bloomington about strategies for increasing and supporting diversity on campus.
Black and Latino Male Summit call for proposals
The Black and Latino Male Summit provides a forum for Black and Latino men to discuss issues on manhood and to develop strategies to achieve academic success, professional development, and wellness. Proposal submissions are due by 5pm (CST) on Jan. 24.
15th annual Indiana Latino Leadership Conference call-out
The Indiana Latino Leadership Conference—which celebrates the uniqueness of Latina/o students in a forum by and for students—will be held at IU Bloomington on Mar. 1, 2014. Exhibitor booth registration deadline is Feb. 13.
Nelson Mandela, who inspired people across the globe with his leadership of the South African anti-apartheid movement and his role in creating a multiracial democracy in the country, died Dec. 5, 2013, at age 95.
NSF grant funds IU Bloomington effort to recruit, support undergrad science students
IU Bloomington has been awarded over $614,000 by the National Science Foundation to recruit, support, and retain undergraduate students majoring in astronomy, biology, chemistry, mathematics, and physics over the next five years. Much of that money will go to student scholarships.
President McRobbie and Vice President Wimbush discuss diversity at IU during live radio interview
IU President Michael McRobbie and Vice President and Dean James Wimbush appeared on the live radio program Afternoon with Amos to discuss diversity issues at Indiana University. The in-depth interview covered diversity, increasing African-American enrollment, and other related issues.
President McRobbie on diversity and DEMA
IU President Michael McRobbie is encouraged about the progress being made in diversity efforts at Indiana University.
Provost Robel writes about professor Portia Maultsby, a recipient of the President's Medal
Provost Lauren Robel highlights some of Professor Maultsby's achievements in Inside IU Bloomington article.
Tonishea M. Jackson joins IPFW as director of admissions
Tonishea M. Jackson joins Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) as director of admissions.
James Wimbush, DEMA Vice President and Dean of University Graduate School, explained the breakdown of funds for the graduate student diversity initiative to the IU Board of Trustees at their October meeting. The initiative aims to encourage timely doctoral degree completion.
La Casa Director Lillian Casillas-Origel receives IU Latino Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award
The award recognizes outstanding professional achievements and community service of Latino alumni of any IU campus. Casillas-Origel received the award October 12 at La Casa's 40th Anniversary banquet.