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Critical Conversation: Addressing Implicit Bias at IUPUI

Wednesday, February 13, Noon to 1:15 p.m., University Library, UL1116

  • Learn about an IUPUI initiative to help faculty, staff, and students recognize and address implicit bias to enhance diversity and inclusion on campus.
  • Explore how implicit bias impacts institutions of higher education in regards to recruitment, work, student outcomes, and relationships.
  • Help inform perceptions about implicit bias and future actions to support a welcoming, inclusive community at IUPUI.*
  • Try out one or more of the online implicit association tests before attending! (It’s free!)

Co-Facilitated by: Dana Doan & Tiara Dungy, Ph.D. students, IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and Mame Keita, Peace Learning Center.

Civil Discourse Symposium

The IUPUI Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement and its partners are pleased to offer the IUPUI Civil Discourse Symposium and Diversity Speaker’s Series, featuring Kimberlé Crenshaw, and to support campus- and city-wide events related to the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination and Robert Kennedy’s speech in Indianapolis.  Please see below and attached, and share with others.

Tuesday, April 3, Noon – 2:00 p.m. Campus Center Atrium

Stop by and observe this dramatic reading!

Written by James Still, IRT Playwright-in-Residence, this play provides an intimate look at an Indiana family’s collision with history when Bobby Kennedy delivered his powerful speech in Indianapolis on the night of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. IUPUI students will read portions of this play to provide students and others perspective and engender interest in events on April 4 and 5.  

Co-directors: Jan DeWester, Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies, and Courtney Mohler, Assistant Professor, Theatre Program, Butler University.

An intimate look at an Indianapolis family's collision with history, Bobby Kennedy's powerful speech on the night of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination is a vital moment in Indiana's memory. Inspired by true stories from those who were there, this play offers an intimate look at one family and their personal experiences as history unfold around them. It will surprise and move you. Experience this inspiring story and support IUPUI students as they share dramatic readings from the play.

Wednesday, April 4, 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. 1702 N. Broadway St.

Please encourage students to participate.

Be a part of the 50th anniversary commemoration of Robert F. Kennedy’s historic speech in Indianapolis on the evening of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Join the community celebration at the Landmark for Peace Memorial in downtown’s MLK Park. Sign up for a free shuttle to and from the memorial. 

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For further details about the “Landmark for Peace” and related events, Click Here.

Thursday, April 5, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Campus Center, Room CE 307

50 Years after Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination: How is America of Today Different from What We Thought it Would Be 50 Years Ago?

Speaker: Dr. Kevin D. Brown, Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, IU Maurer School of Law

Presented by: IUPUI Equal Opportunity Council and IUPUI Office of Equal Opportunity

Thursday, April 5, Noon – 1:15 p.m. Campus Center, Room 305

Reflecting on Kennedy’s speech, this interactive activity will explore the power of words and conversation to persuade and build empathy.

Presented by: IUPUI Office of Intercultural Literacy, Capacity and Engagement, and the Departments of Communication Studies, English, and American Studies

Thursday, April 5, 6:00 p.m., Madame Walker Theater Center, 617 Indiana Ave. (please note venue change)(Flyer attached)

Speaker: Kimberlé Crenshaw, Distinguished Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law


Sponsored by: IUPUI Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Lecture Series

Diversity Speaker Series with Maria Teresa Kumar

Lauded as one the most influential American Latinos and as among the top Latinas in Government and Politics, Maria Teresa (Petersen) Kumar is the founding President & CEO of Voto Latino, a leading national civic engagement organization targeting acculturated American Latino youth. She is also an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC and the host of's new show, Changing America.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Multicultural Center
UC 104

Open to Students Only

6:00 PM
Evening Lecture
Hine Hall Auditorium

Open to All

You don't want to miss the moderated Q & A session with Emmy-award-winning reporter. Rafael Sanchez in Maria Teresa Kumar's evening lecture. Seating is limited. Register on Eventbrite today!

Sponsored by: The Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

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