IUPUC program celebrates diversity

Staff Reports

University leaders are welcoming a diverse group of Columbus people — high school students, parents, civic leaders, business executives and other local residents — to break bread and bring ideas to the table that improve diversity and inclusion.

IUPUC students, faculty and staff will welcome guests to the Columbus campus mid-day Monday as they honor the life and lasting legacy the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. on the national holiday for the slain civil rights leader. The program will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“MLK Day provides an opportunity to reflect and re-energize in the struggle for civil and human rights throughout the United States and the world,” said Lawrence Richards, interim vice chancellor and dean at IUPUC.

“We will celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King and recognize special examples of local leadership in promoting understanding and compassion for all,” Richards said.

The event features two speakers:

Kim D. Kirkland, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity at IUPUI, who monitors the university’s compliance with the university’s anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies and law.

Margo Foreman, assistant director for diverse workforce recruitment and retention in the Office of Equal Opportunity at IUPUC.

Richards will announce recipients of IUPUC’s 2016 Excellence in Diversity Award, which recognize contributions through leadership on internal and external projects that positively impact the campus and the Columbus community and surrounding region, he said.

Also, a special Champions of Diversity Award will be presented this year, Richards said.

The African American Fund of Bartholomew County sponsors the lunch — which is free and open to the public — as part of its support for the event each year.

About Kim D. Kirkland

Employment: Director of IUPUI’s Office of Equal Opportunity, monitoring compliance with federal and state anti-harassment and anti-discrimination policies and laws. She investigates and resolves discrimination and harassment complaints to determine if compliance or policy violations exist to circumvent potential litigation and proposes corrective action and/or interventions. She also leads the business-wide diversity initiatives aimed at increasing women and minorities in leadership roles.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Cincinnati, master’s degree in organizational development from Xavier University, Cincinnati. She is a graduate of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her doctorate in leadership studies from Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

About Margo Foreman

Employment: Assistant director, Diverse Workforce Recruitment and Retention, in IUPUI’s Office of Equal Opportunity, employed there since 1998.

Education: She is a graduate student in the Indiana University School of Medicine in the Masters of Public Health Program.

If you go

What: IUPUC presentation honoring legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

When: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday

Where: Columbus Learning Center Lecture Hall, 4555 Central Ave.

Featuring: Guest speakers, a light lunch, announcement of IUPUC’s 2016 Excellence in Diversity Award and a special Champions of Diversity Award.

How much: It’s free and open to the community, sponsored by the African American Fund of Bartholomew County.

Information: Email smiles3@iupuc.edu.