Public Safety, Race, and Racial Inequity Town Hall

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Town Hall Questions & Answers
  • Policing & Public Safety

    1. Will IUPD sign on to "8 Can't Wait"?

    2. There doesn't seem to be any external oversight of the IUPD - uses of force must be reported only internally. What oversight is provided?

    3. When will IUPD mandate body camera use and eliminate the footage access fee?

    4. IUPD is the only campus police system in the US that allows students to be cadets and carry guns. Why does IU have a police cadet program? Why are cadets armed? 

    5. Black Lives Matter Bloomington has called to de-weapons the IUPD. Is IUPD committing to this? If so, what is the timeline for this? If not, why?

    6. Is IU making any moves to divest funding and limit the amount of IUPD officers on campus?

    7. What training is provided regarding inappropriate or abusive behaviors of an officer that is witnessed by other officers? Are officers instructed to intervene and remove the aggressor from doing harm?

    8. What is IUPD's policy on the use of force and lethal force? Are these policies available for public viewing? If not, why?

    9. What is the ratio of de-escalation training to lethal force training?

    10. Who provides curriculum to the Law Enforcement Training Board?

    11. What does the IUPD have in place to make sure better (and ongoing) vetting procedures to make sure officers are unbiased and psychologically healthy before allowing them to work?

    12. How are IU police officers trained in crisis intervention management (in cases of mental health or substance abuse crises)? What de-escalation and implicit bias training do they receive?

    13. Does IUPD have social workers within their department to address those non-violent situations where social services are what's really needed?

    14. Does IUPD have any plan or responsibility for broader community outreach with Bloomington PD to help ensure an informed, safe environment when off campus in the Bloomington area?

  • Administration & Leadership

    1. How has racial equity and inclusion been reflected in the IU Strategic Plan? Is it time to revisit the 10 principles to directly refer to the diversity, equity, and inclusion aspects?

    2. How can we assure diversity, equity and inclusion in a university-wide priority?

    3. What specific steps is IU taking to make this a top priority in the fall?

    4. We saw statements from IU President, Vice Presidents and Chancellors; however, where do the IU Trustees stand in supporting race, racial inequity and justice for the university?

    5. What could be used as metrics of success?

  • Mental Health

    1. We talk about depression and mental health, but we have to wait ~6 weeks during peak season to get an appointment for student counseling services. Why aren't we investing in better mental health practices?

    2. Is there room in the IU endowment budget that could pay for mental health services considering the importance of mental health, especially for Black and Brown students? How can socioeconomic disparities be addressed to accessing mental health services?

  • Diversity

    1. IU lacks diversity. It is difficult to attract and retain Black, Indigenious, and People of Color (BIPOC) candidates-be they prospective faculty, staff, or students-when they do not see their community and culture reflected here. What will IU do to address this?

    2. What courses does IU offer in Black history or diversity?

    3. Is IU considering a Diversity Pledge? If so, what would that look like?

    4. What steps is the university going to take to move away from the "equity and inclusion" model, which simply invites "minorities" into a white-created space, into a model where power is shared and reimagined as a truly collaborative space where being non-white is not "marginalized"?

  • Academic Affairs

    1. What can IU do to recruit and retain Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) faculty? How will department chairs be evaluated on their hiring practices?

    2. How can tenure be reformed so that racist and sexist faculty can be demoted, reassigned, or even terminated if they remain recalcitrant in their actions?

    3. Will IU require faculty to participate in culturally aware mentoring training and dialogues?

    4. How can faculty members support students in classrooms in terms of supporting people with trauma, and also decolonizing education?

    5. How can diversity be integrated into PhD selection committees to guard against bias in the academic process?

    6. Has IU considered creating CITL classes on how to incorporate racism and bias topics into our curriculum? Basically, the "how to" incorporate these topics in a thoughtful way into our curriculum. The topic of racism and bias should be considered as a fundamental part of the academic experience and learning our students receive at IU.

  • Student Affairs

    1. There is one student that serves on the Board of Trustees, who is usually white. How will we continue to give our students of color a seat at the table to discuss administrative decisions?

    2. Admission committees are not visible. How can the IU community keep IU leaders accountable without transparency?

    3. How can the Office of First Year Experience Programs be more intentional in addressing and combating racism?

  • Human Resources

    1. There is concern that people of color will be asked to do extra unpaid work to address the concerns of the IU community regarding racial inequity in their respective school units. How can we work to make sure that faculty, staff, or others are valued and receive recognition for any work they do in this area, including additional compensation?

    2. IU lacks diversity in upper administration. How does IU explain appointments to upper administrative positions with seemingly no search and screen process?

    3. How would someone address an issue with their supervisor for discriminatory talk, especially when there are no witnesses?

    4. What is IU doing to address salary equity for people of color on its campuses?

    5. Can anti-racism and racial justice training be part of the IU HR Orientation for New Employees and professional development for existing faculty and staff?

    6. What are some things we can do if we hear a coworker making racist and bigoted comments in the workplace on campus?

    7. IU has historically focused on the law when individuals have expressed issues of discrimination and hostility in the workplace; therefore, discouraging people of color to speak up. What does IU plan to do to look at these issues from a different lens thus holding unit leadership accountable for these acts when it has been reported?

    8. Will IU consider expelling students or firing staff that are sharing openly racist content on online platforms?
  • Training & Education

    1. Programs to address racism need to be science-based; otherwise, can run the risk of doing more harm than good. There is a long history of well-meaning (and "good sounding") efforts having iatrogenic effects. To the extent that IU implements anti-racist programming, will research guide selection of program? Will any newly developed programs be accompanied by research on their effectiveness?

    2. Many clerical staff are required to use their personal time off to attend trainings. How will IU support all employees in attending diversity and racial equity trainings?

    3. Indiana University is the largest employer in Indiana and yet there is no mandatory diversity training for faculty and staff at IU. One institution could change the thought processes across an entire state. Is this not what higher education is about, educating the masses?

    4. As we move into Zoom culture this fall, can every classroom be engaged in ground rules creating a safer Zoom space against racist zoom bombings and general dealing with bias language in that space?

    5. What can or is IU doing to address the need for improved intercultural and ethical communication between the majority and minority populations that are at IU?

    6. I'm from a prejudice family. What can I do to help them to understand this isn't/shouldn't be normal? How can I unteach myself some of these prejudices?

    7. Where are the current IU implicit bias training materials available?

    8. What kind of diversity training and toolkits can you provide for us to change department cultures?

  • IU Policy

    1. Will IU be changing or creating any policies to address racial inequity?

    2. Does IU/IUF have investments in stocks/funds that advertise on a network perpetuate racism, and if so,...what is IU doing to either divest or encourage the underlying companies to shift their ads to more socially conscious networks?

  • IU Buildings

    1. When will buildings and other landmarks named for prominent Hoosiers come to reflect our aspiration to become less racist?

    2. The racial justice fund is only open to faculty which is not reflective of Black equity. Will the racial justice funds also be open to staff and students?

  • Budget/Funding

    1. In this time of the pandemic and the challenge of declining enrollment and other Budget/Funding challenges, how will we be able to assure that the various actions to change will be funded? What sources of Budget/Funding will be devoted to address the issues?

    2. The racial justice fund is only open to faculty which is not reflective of Black equity. Will the racial justice funds also be open to staff and students?