In the three years since the Holmes Scholars Program has been established at the IU School of Education, it has grown in numbers and support for the students it’s helped.
The Holmes Scholars Program provides a supportive environment to doctoral students traditionally underrepresented in higher education. This year’s cohort includes eleven students from around the country, with around 26 total students in the program. These students have a level of support that starts from the very top at the School of Education: two associate deans, an assistant dean, an associate director and professors who meet monthly and make sure each scholar has a faculty mentor.
“To be able to have freedom in a place that normally feels isolating or sometimes even oppressive or hostile, to be able to (be) connected to folks—to me that’s my favorite part,” said Carl Darnell, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the School of Education. “I want people to know about the Holmes program that there’s community and support. There’s a ready-made community, and there’s support already there for you that you can build on as well.”