Committed to Diversity

Kathryn DelaCruz

The IUPUI School of Science is committed to diversity and an environment that is open to everyone.
We are proud to be part of a university system that is committed to offering an intentionally inclusive and accessible campus community, one that inspires educational, personal, social, and professional achievement.openforservice
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This commitment to diversity has paid off. The number of minority freshmen at IUPUI has been steadily rising over the past six years and recently the campus hired an assistant chancellor for diversity, equity, and inclusion, to ensure continued improvement of the campus diversity climate.

Based on Fall 2014 enrollment, within the School of Science:

  • 78% of undergraduate students are under the age of 25
  • 55% of Science majors are female, 45% are male
  • 30% of Science majors are minorities
  • 29% of Science majors are First Generation students
  • Since 2010, the School has seen a 54% increase in international students
  • 291 international students are currently pursuing degrees


Diversity Awards

Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching
2013 Reciepient

Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

The Office of the Chancellor and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion recognizes outstanding faculty members with this teaching award. IUPUI is committed to preparing the next generation of culturally competent, global citizens who value diversity both within and across cultures. Multicultural teaching is recognized as a principal strategy through which the campus' vision, mission and goals related to diversity are realized. The Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Multicultural Teaching acknowledges faculty who integrate culturally relevant content into their curriculum, who employ an inclusive, student-centered pedagogy, and who champion diversity as a value that ensures the academic success of all students.

School of Science Diversity Council

Mission Statement:

The IUPUI School of Science Diversity Council exists to serve its constituents in Science by acting as stewards of diversity and working toward awareness, education, advocacy for and inclusion of all people.  The Council promotes respect and equitable treatment of all, embracing a diversity of gender, cultural, religious, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, ability, age, economic status, and experiential differences.   The SOS Diversity Council will provide leadership to improve and maintain as inclusive, informed, and diverse an environment in the School as is possible in all aspects of our work and mission. This leadership will extend to interactions with campus and community initiatives.

Current Members:

IUPUI Civility Statement

The IUPUI community has dedicated itself to creating an environment where each individual is valued and can succeed. Our institutional ethic compels us to foster the best possible environment for doing our work as educators, learners, and supporters of the educational process. When our members are prevented from doing their best, the entire community is diminished.

Our commitment to be a diverse and inclusive campus relies on all community members to do their part. While no set of rules or policies can wholly govern human conduct, civility requires respect and a thoughtful and careful balancing of differing points of view.

As members of an institution of higher learning, we must periodically reaffirm the fundamental ethics and values that form the framework for our university. This means fostering a climate of acceptance, mutual respect, academic freedom, and civil discourse. Civil discourse is a form of dialogue that acknowledges and gives voice to one another’s ideas, experiences, and beliefs.

Civility and respect should be extended to all persons regardless of their role, status, or social identity. We encourage everyone to speak and act thoughtfully and judiciously and with respect for one another. We may not always agree with one another, but when we disagree, we are called to respond with civility.