A student group at the IU School of Education has been hard at work this semester bringing together over 30 members with a goal dedicated to the retention, support and success of underrepresented minority students who plan on becoming future educators.
The Community of Diverse Educators (CODE) seeks to discuss, challenge and dismantle issues and barriers that underrepresented minority communities face in the teaching field through education, empowerment and advocacy. The group serves as a communal space for individuals to openly talk about challenges, share successes and build a network of support.
CODE is currently working with both Bloomington high schools on mentoring to promote equity and sense of belonging for all individuals involved. According to Da'Ja' Askew, Graduate President of CODE, members go to the high schools weekly to mentor minoritized students. The group also hosts various events relevant to culture, diversity, equity and inclusion at the high schools. In February, CODE hosted an African American Read-In and an Undergraduate Student Panel at Bloomington High School South and is looking forward to doing more events like this in the future.