Dennis Rudnick is the IUPUI Associate Director of Multicultural Education and Research. Dennis has accountability for three primary areas within the Multicultural Center including: development of multicultural education to include development of diversity trainings and learning opportunities for students, faculty and staff; procurement and maintenance of multicultural resource materials to include campus community needs, best practices, national trends, and relevant research for multicultural populations; and MC day to day operations to include developing liaison relationships, oversight of paraprofessional staff and other daily functions.

Dennis is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Multicultural Education at the University of Washington. His dissertation, “Walking on Egg Shells: Challenges and Possibilities of Race Talk in Teacher Education,” examines colorblind ideology, whiteness, and the race talk of teacher education students. Dennis has over 20 years of training and experience as a teacher, group facilitator, program developer, and public speaker on diversity, civil rights and social justice issues. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Mary Washington College and a M. Ed. in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington.

For the past five years, Dennis taught an undergraduate psychology course on racism and minority groups. Most recently, he helped plan and facilitate workshops with the Seattle Race and Social Justice Initiative, learning with high school students, business professionals, and community non-profit organizations.

A native New Yorker, Dennis has lived in Seattle, WA for the past 10 years. Joining Dennis at IUPUI is his wife Joy, his son Logan, and his dog Molly.