As the next step in its ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion, Indiana University has launched the Indiana University Black Philanthropy Circle.
Formed by IU alumni and friends of the university, the circle will address education issues faced by black communities through the power of philanthropic giving. In partnership with the IU Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs, the Black Philanthropy Circle will establish programs to improve the recruitment, retention and degree attainment for black students, faculty and staff on all of IU’s campuses and beyond.
“Philanthropy is the force that makes great universities like IU possible,” said James C. Wimbush, IU vice president of diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, dean of the University Graduate School, and Johnson Professor for Diversity and Leadership. “The work of the Black Philanthropy Circle will make IU’s campuses more accessible and welcoming than ever, and we are extremely grateful for the passionate individuals who have helped make this initiative possible.”
To further its mission, the Black Philanthropy Circle is seeking more founding members, who commit to investing at least $15,000 over a three-year period to make the circle’s grants, scholarships and educational initiatives possible. Membership not only supports initiatives for students, faculty and staff; it also allows members to guide the circle’s initiatives and connect them with a passionate network of leaders and alumni.
Individuals interested in learning more about giving to diversity initiatives and scholarships, including the Black Philanthropy Circle, should visit supportdiversity.iu.edu.
A news release with quotes from IU alumna and interim circle co-chair Rose Mays and Joyce Q. Rogers, IU Foundation vice president for development and external relations for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, is online.