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How did you hear about the School of Education diversity initiatives?
I went to the Part-Time Jobs Fair during welcome week and found out about the School of Education diversity initiatives from Dr. Darnell.
When did you begin working with diversity programs in the School of Education?
Shortly after the Part-Time Jobs Fair, I sent in application and began working with diversity programs in the School of Education late September.
What do you like most about working in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion? What do you find challenging in the work?
What I like most about working in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is the opportunity to confront racial bias issues not only in the School of Education, but also the IU campus as a whole. Being surrounded by people who have similar experiences as I do and are passionate about changing the culture in academic/social settings on campus is really exciting. The challenges I find are adjusting to the professionalism we have to conduct all our activities in, but this is also a great lesson we can take into our own professional endeavors.
What have you learned working in School of Education diversity programs? How do you believe working in diversity will impact your career goals?
I have learned the importance of incorporating diversity in all settings, but especially on this campus. As IU is a predominantly-white institution, it is important to acknowledge that, and make safe spaces for underrepresented students as well as letting underrepresented high school students know that college is a reality for them. Working in diversity will impact my career goals by helping me to adjust to different cultures and the specific needs they may have. In the healthcare field, there can be a disconnect between patients and professionals due to cultural differences. I want to make sure I am knowledgeable in order to make my patients feel as comfortable as possible.
Which type of projects do you work on for the DEI Office?
Outreach, Balfour Scholars Program