IUSTRONG FALL 2020
Dear Campus Community,
On behalf of the LGBTQ+ & Multicultural Centers, I bring you greetings and hope this message finds you well. We wanted to provide you with some critical updates to the operations of our centers as we prepare to welcome students to campus next week. Like many of you, we have adapted the way we provide services and facilitate programming, yet we continue to strive hard to meet the objectives of our missions.
As you are aware, AJ Young left the IUPUI campus mid-July and Li Pietruszka is now serving as the Interim Director. A 2016 graduate of Indiana University’s Higher Education and Student Affairs Master’s program, he is excited to return to the office where he got his professional start and support students around identity development, building community, and moving towards liberation. Li also serves as a Residence Coordinator for Riverwalk Apartments and Townhomes within Housing and Residence Life and lives on campus with his luxurious cat, Butter. Li identifies as a white, queer, gender fluid, transmasculine individual and uses he/him pronouns.
Li may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. We appreciate our campus partners Housing & Residence Life for supporting Li in this interim role.
We have recently extended well wishes to Dennis Rudnick, Emily Ding, & Amanda Bonilla who have pursued amazing opportunities away from IUPUI. This unfortunately has left a significant gap in people resources in the Multicultural Center. To address this gap, we have streamlined and/or scaled back programming and educational initiatives and are working on a plan to fill the vacant positions over the coming academic year. In the meantime, we (Khalilah, Karina, Danielle & Cliff) appreciate your patience and grace as we navigate these shifts.
GENERAL OPERATION INFORMATION
(Contingent upon University guidelines)
Hours & Staffing
The LGBTQ+ Center will be closed to visitors and individuals are encouraged to make appointments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or stay tuned for virtual office hours hosted by the interim director and members of the LGBTQ+ Faculty and Staff Council.
The Multicultural Center will be physically open from 9 am – 5 pm Monday through Thursday, Friday from 9 am - 4 pm. from August 10th through November 20th and February 8th – May 9th. The MC will operate remotely only from November 23rd – February 5th. Individuals are encouraged to make appointments to meet with MC Staff via zoom and can find our contact information at mc.iupui.edu or email us at email@example.com.
LGBTQ+ & Multicultural Center Space
UC101 – Multipurpose Room - The multipurpose room will be unavailable for reservations for the academic year. Tables and chairs will be organized according to social distancing guidelines to allow for open study space.
UC110 – United Suites (Student Organization space) - The United Suites will be offline for the academic year; however, Student Organization leaders can access the space by appointment only for storage purposes.
Conference Rooms – UC101C will remain available for reservation with a maximum capacity of 2 people; UC110G will remain available for reservation with a maximum capacity of 3 people.
Prayer room - The prayer room will remain accessible upon request. Disinfectant supplies will be provided/available for continual cleaning of the mats and door handles.
Nursing mother’s room - The Nursing mother’s room will remain accessible upon request. Disinfectant supplies will be provided/available for continual cleaning of surfaces and door handles.
General first floor seating areas – The computer workstations and seating areas have all been arranged to provide required social distancing with signage to discourage gathering.
PROGRAMS & SERVICES
Multicultural & Social Justice Programming - Main programs/series will be adapted for virtual implementation to include Café Con Pan, YGB, etc. The programs will be utilizing zoom, social media “takeovers”, FB watch parties, etc. A draft calendar is available HERE for you to preview. The final calendar will be available by the first week of classes.
LGBTQ+ Center Programming – Programs will be adapted for virtual implementation. Virtual galleries on a variety of topics ranging from LGBTQ+ healthcare to non-binary identities to non-US LGBTQ+ Communities will be released on a monthly basis beginning during the first week of classes. Additional program information will be available through the LGBTQ+ Center newsletter.
Multicultural & Social Justice Education Workshops– The Multicultural Peer Educators will offer a variety of workshops virtually and if schedules align, may be able to facilitate live zoom sessions. A scheduling system is being developed and will be available by the end of the week to submit requests. Workshop descriptions and scheduling information can be found HERE. Facilitation guides have also been developed and can be made available to faculty or departments who wish to facilitate the sessions on their own. These requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “request for facilitation guide” and the workshop title. No custom or in-person workshops will be available.
Multicultural Leadership & Empowerment Program (MLEP) – The MLEP will be facilitated as a small cohort style program without the certificate of completion and RECORD notation. Three sessions will be offered weekly on Mondays, 5-7 pm; Wednesday 9-11 pm, & Friday 11 am-1 pm. Starting September 14th. Sessions are limited to 10 participants each for a maximum of 30 participants in the program weekly. All five sessions will be facilitated via Zoom. Additional details on the program sessions can be found HERE and additional sign-up details will be available soon. Interested students should complete the sign-up form HERE.
Norman Brown Diversity Leadership & Scholars Program (NBDLSP) – The meetings and programs of the NBDLSP have been adapted to an online format. Questions or inquiries can be directed to program lead – Danielle Tate McMillan (email@example.com).
MC Affiliated Student Organizations – While the physical student organization space will be unavailable (except for storage purposes), the MC staff is committed to supporting the leaders and members of the affiliated student organizations by phone, email and virtual meeting options.
DACA Student Support – Karina Garduno remains the DACA point person for IUPUI and will continue to offer support and important updates via phone, email or zoom. Karina can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Services – In the absence of the Student Services Coordinators, the MC staff will continue to offer guidance and support to any student in need. The staff can be reached at email@example.com or by reaching out to anyone directly. We will still host virtual socials to engage the various identity specific groups.
Updates will continually be provided through our newsletters or feel free to reach out to us for additional information. Feel free to share this message.
Thank you for your continued support & take care.