IU Southeast wins Diversity Champion of the Year award

On April 6, 2017, Indiana University Southeast won the Brown-Forman Corporation Diversity Champion of the Year Award. It was presented to IU Southeast by One Southern Indiana, and recognizes the university as “a company that has made significant contributions to the advancement of the community through diversity initiatives and inclusion efforts.” The other finalists for the award were InGrid Design and Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana-Sellersburg. Read more about the award. 

Poverty Simulation Open to the University and Community

Wednesday, 31 May, from 11:00-1:00 in the Hoosier Room, IU Southeast is running a Poverty Simulation, and there are between 12-20 slots still available. There is no cost, as this is a grant-funded program. The event is open to faculty, staff, students, and members of the surrounding community.

For those not aware of this concept, a poverty simulation is an interactive role play type of experience that lasts a couple of hours and is intended to give participants an idea and a “feel” for what it is like to “make it” in poverty in the modern day. One unique aspect of the IUS model is that the volunteers who run the simulation are themselves residents of the New Albany Housing Authority and therefore have first-hand knowledge of the struggles of a low-income household.

This spring, IUS received a grant from the Community Foundation of Southern Indiana to offer a “poverty simulation” experience for our students and community partners.

Our grant allows us to offer two of these interactive experiences per semester. RSVPs are preferred. To reserve a spot or for more information, contact Lisa Hoffman, Assistant Professor of Graduate Studies, School of Education. E-mail: lhh /at sign/ ius.edu, or call 812-941-2137.

Southeast Diversity Coordinator Recognized as Excellent Teacher

Michael Jackman, the current Academic Affairs Diversity Coordinator for Indiana University Southeast, was inducted on May 19 into FACET, the Indiana University Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching. The ceremony welcomed 13 new faculty from across Indiana University campuses as the FACET class of 2017. To receive the honor, their nominations and applications were peer-reviewed by campus and statewide FACET committees. Jackman, a Senior Lecturer in Writing, is beginning his tenth year at Southeast and his third year as Diversity Coordinator. He also serves as Community Engagement Professional Liaison to the campus for Indiana Campus Compact, an organization that promotes community partnerships with member campuses, is co-advisor to the Jewish Student Union, a new registered student organization, and is a published poet. His poem, “Mantua, 1612,” about Jewish Composer Salamone Rossi, won second place in the 2014 Raynes Poetry Prize. Recently he published, “Metre and Meaning in Jane Kenyon’s ‘Song,'” in New Writing: The International Journal for the Practice and Theory of Creative Writing.

Michael Jackman, Academic Affairs Diversity Coordinator and Senior Lecturer in Writing, shows off his FACET “New Member” badge. He was inducted into the Faculty Academy on Excellence in Teaching on May 19, 2017.
Jackman enjoys the FACET retreat at the Brown County Inn with IU Southeast colleagues who are also FACET members.

International Poetry Reading Videos Available

On April 12, 2017, IU Southeast Library held it’s 20th Anniversary International Poetry Reading in celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week. We were treated to nine readings in many languages from Faculty and Staff, with a program that included translations. I performed part of Bob Dylan’s “Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall” in English and Hebrew, and included a back translation from Hebrew back into English. You can watch individual readings here:

Enjoy the program, which I’ve included below. And enjoy my performance here (warning: I am not fluent in Hebrew and apologize for any errors!).

– Michael Jackman, Academic Affairs Diversity Coordinator

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