Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion

Introduction

Diversity refers to differences: differences of perspective that could stem from cultural affiliation, ideaology, nationality, ethnic identity, racial identity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, spirituality, age, and/or disability. Diversity is created by a collection of perspectives, including those assumed to be the norm, neutral, or non-controversial. A person does not have to identify as a minority or as in some way exceptional in order to be diverse.

One challenge for instructors is to help students recognize how their own cultural orientation shapes their perspectives and affinities. Inclusive teaching and learning practices recognize that diverse perspectives influence the way students engage with the subject matter of the course and help students build on these perspectives to develop skills in the field.

The following offices provide a broad range of services to support inclusive teaching and learning at IU. Also find to the left, resources from the CITL.

Academic Support Centers. The Academic Support Centers offer free tutoring, advising and walk-in academic help in a variety of disciplines. Locations in Briscoe, Teter and Forest Residence Halls are open for late-night help Sunday through Thursday.

Bloomington Evaluative Services & Testing (BEST). BEST helps IU faculty, students, and administrators with assessment, evaluation, and testing through consultation, WWW-based tools, and other services. BEST maintains the Online Course Questionnaire (OCQ) and provides machine-based scoring of tests, surveys and other evaluation instruments

Classroom Technology Services. Classroom Technology Services provides assistance with video equipment, TVs, VCRs, DVD players, CD players, computer equipment and data projectors, overhead projectors, and other technology-related materials.

Office of Student Ethics. The Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct sets out the standards to which all students at IU are held accountable. The Procedures for Bloomington Campus govern the administration of the Campus Judicial System at IU Bloomington.

Commission on Multicultural Understanding (COMU). Diversity Education Resource Guide for Campus and Community Program Planning

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS). Student service available through the IU Student Health Center. The site includes a useful resource for instructors entitled, Dealing with Distressed Students.

Disability Services for Students. This office provides information, services and referrals for veterans and for students with visual, hearing, physical, and learning disabilities.

Hoosier Help Online (H20). A one-stop website for student-oriented services, organizations and questions to help undergraduates (and everyone else) in “getting started, getting involved, getting support, and getting around."

Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs. The mission of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs (DEMA) is to be an effective advocate for students, faculty, and staff of color and a provider of programs and services that promote diversity, equity, and excellence at Indiana University. DEMA works to incorporate principles of equality and diversity into the curriculum and provide a culturally affirming environment through work with student organizations and cultural centers.

Office of Affirmative Action. This office actively works to: eliminate inequality and discrimination; foster a climate of tolerance and inclusiveness; promote opportunities for full participation in university life; and create a comfortable, respectful, and professional environment, based on understanding and trust.

Office of Student Life and Learning. The Office of Student Life and Learning provides information, including a searchable directory, about active student organizations at IU. Depending on the organization, instructors may be able to arrange field trips or class presentations or direct students with special interests towards these organizations.

School of Education Instructional Consulting Resources. This page developed by the School of Education's Instructional Consulting office provides information about how to tailor teaching strategies to address issues of diversity including: gender, race, ethnicity, international students, age, religious and political beliefs, regionalism, physical and medical needs, and learning disabilities. It also provides links to a number of online resources about diversity and teaching.

Student Academic Center. The Center provides a comprehensive program of general learning support services which includes courses for credit, individualized academic assessment and assistance, peer tutoring, supplemental instruction, workshops, and outreach.

Veterans Support Services. Veterans Support Services assists students who are veterans, service members, or children or spouses of disabled veterans with any university issues or concerns related to their military service, including receiving education benefits, inability to attend orientation due to military orders, deployment during a semester, and delays in VA benefit payment and resulting financial hardship.