Indiana University Funds 12 Programs to Increase Racial Diversity

Indiana University has issued 12 grants totaling $1 million for programs seeking to increase racial diversity in the student body, faculty, and professional staff. Among the programs funded under the grants are an expansion of a mentoring program for minority students, the establishment of a freshman seminar that will train peer mentors, and a program to increase the number of minority students pursuing a degree in chemistry.

Systemwide, blacks make up 6.8 percent of all students at the university’s six campuses. Blacks are 4 percent of the student body at the flagship campus at Bloomington, whereas African Americans are about 9 percent of the college-age population in Indiana.