Welcome message from Vice President and Dean Wimbush

Welcome to the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA).  DEMA strives to foster an inclusive environment that promotes and nurtures diversity, broadly defined on all campuses of Indiana University.  Our goal is to promote an environment where faculty, staff, students, and postdocs can do, as often stated by former IU President Herman Wells, “their best work.” We achieve this by strategically focusing on three critical areas:

  1. recruitment and retention of faculty and staff, and recruitment, retention, and timely completion of undergraduate and graduate students;
  2. promoting a welcoming and positive campus climate; and
  3. engaging in outreach and advocacy locally and nationally.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of Indiana University’s mission to provide broad access to its outstanding educational opportunities for its students and postdocs and career opportunities for faculty and staff.

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs provides a variety of services and supports many programs designed to carry out this mission.  DEMA is committed to the belief that a place of higher learning and opportunity requires the presence of a supportive environment that nourishes, promotes, and fosters inclusion and diversity.


Introducing VP Wimbush

Bev Smith and Eric Love of WFHB’s Bring it On! spoke with DEMA Vice President Wimbush on Sep. 24, 2013, about his new position and the goals he has planned for DEMA.

Listen to a clip from the interview.



Messages from Vice President and Dean Wimbush

Vice President and Dean Wimbush on Veterans Day

Nov. 11, 2013.  Veterans Day is not only a time to remember those who have served, but also those who are serving right now.


Vice President and Dean Wimbush on the IU First Nations Education and Culture Center and Native American Heritage Month

Nov. 11, 2013.  It is an excellent time to acknowledge the great contributions that Native Americans have had in the U.S. but more specifically the impact that Native Americans have had on all IU campuses.


Vice President and Dean Wimbush's statement on IU joining Freedom Indiana

Oct. 30, 2013.  "With this membership, Indiana University has made a strong statement that diversity of all kinds is celebrated, appreciated, and welcomed at IU," said Wimbush.


Vice President and Dean Wimbush encourages IU community to participate in MLK Jr. Day celebration

Oct. 15, 2013.  Read Vice President and Dean Wimbush's letter to learn how you can be a part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration 2014.