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ERIC Number: EJ895594
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug-5
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1557-5411
Demanding Satisfaction
Oguntoyinbo, Lekan
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, v27 n12 p14-15 Aug 2010
It was the kind of crisis most universities dread. In November 2006, a group of minority student leaders at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) threatened to sue the university if administrators did not heed demands that included providing more funding for multicultural student groups. This article discusses how this threat compelled the institution to reform its administration, community partnerships, and curriculum. In a letter to university administrators, the leader of the university's Black Student Union also appealed for the hiring of more African-American faculty and administrators. The demands came on the heels of several concerns expressed by minority students, including the fact that they did not feel welcome on campus and that requests for excursions by Black student groups were often rejected. The mandate and threat of a lawsuit attracted the attention of community members and local and regional media. The outcome from that episode has produced some changes that intersect with other reforms at the university. Among the changes were: (1) The university has created a cabinet-level position of assistant chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion; (2) IUPUI in 2008 created a multicultural center that includes offices and meeting places for African-American, Latino, Asian, Native American, and gay students; (3) More professors of color are on tenure-track; (4) The school now has a Department of Africana Studies; and (5) IUPUI has expanded its community partnerships with local and national civic groups.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Indiana