Student Diversity & Inclusion

Giving a voice to all

In the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington's Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion, we work to address issues of importance to underrepresented students, faculty, and staff. We create and facilitate opportunities for current students to strengthen their personal and professional development. We also support recruitment efforts to reach prospective students from underrepresented populations.

How to get involved

There are a number of ways to get more involved with your education and the school:

The Public Health Student Association (PHSA) exists to foster holistic wellness among Indiana University students, promote public health majors and professional careers, and advocate for public health access and education among marginalized populations.

Linguistic-Ally is a series of workshops geared toward educating faculty, teaching assistants, and students on inclusive language relating to health behaviors, disparities, and sexual/gender identities. The program also addresses the effects of inappropriate language usage in the academic setting, and provides tools for creating more inclusive classrooms.

Pizza with a Professor enables IU School of Public Health-Bloomington students and faculty to engage in dialogue outside of the lecture hall/ lab. This networking event also provides faculty the opportunity to share their research interests with undergraduate and graduate students.

The Doctoral Writing Circle is specifically designed to empower, provide a supportive community, and provide a physical space for doctoral students who are underrepresented in academia to focus on their writing. Writing groups or "circles" have been identified as a support strategy for graduate students—specifically, doctoral students (Maher, Fallucca, Mulhern Halasz, 2013). Doctoral students can expect the following:

  • A space to discuss writing goals
  • A space to discuss writing and editing strategies
  • Opportunities for school faculty to discuss their current research/work with students
  • Opportunities for participants to present their work on the IU campus

Fall dates and time will be announced during the first week of classes. If you would like to join, contact Tiffany Monique Quash (tmquash@iu.edu, Recreation, Park and Tourism Studies) and Lizzy Bartelt (elibarte@iu.edu, Applied Health Science).

The Fiercely Resilient Initiative is for those interested in speaking to fellow students about intimacy, healthy relationships, boundaries, and sexual communication. The Fiercely Resilient initiative aims to train student ambassadors to facilitate conversations and workshops on comprehensive sexual health within African American, Latina, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American student communities. This initiative culminates with a year-end symposium on sexual health and sexual violence led by Sigma Lambda Upsilon/Señoritas Latinas Unidas Sorority, Incorporated, IU students, and staff. Fiercely Resilient is funded by the IU Foundation's Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council (WPLC). The Fiercely Resilient advisory board is composed of school faculty and doctoral students and led by Rory James, MPH.

Contact us

Office of Student Diversity and Inclusion
IU School of Public Health-Bloomington
1025 E. Seventh Street
PH C019
Bloomington, Indiana 47405

Rory James, Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Phone: 812-855-2635
Email: rorjames@indiana.edu

Sachet Watson, Assistant Director of Diversity & Inclusion
PH C021
Email: watsonsk@indiana.edu
Phone: 812-855-5699