Indiana Black Expo 46th Annual Summer Celebration
July 11–17, 2016
Indianapolis Convention Center
Indiana University played a significant role in Indiana Black Expo's 2016 Summer Celebration, the largest such gathering in the country. The university was a lead sponsor, playing a major role in a week's worth of events that included IBE’s annual education conference, the annual Pacers Sports and Entertainment Corporate Luncheon, and a three day exhibition.
“Indiana University is deeply committed to cultivating an environment that advocates inclusion and equity for all,” said James Wimbush, IU’s vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs and dean of the University Graduate School. “That commitment has been the driving force behind IU’s position at the forefront of diversity efforts in higher education as well as its long tradition of opening doors for underrepresented, underserved and minority groups. As part of this commitment, IU continues to be the proud supporter of Indiana Black Expo.”
Chancellor Paydar offered remarks in his role as university vice president during the annual Pacers Sports and Entertainment Corporate Luncheon, an event that also featured award-winning singer Dionne Warwick, NFL and Hollywood star Jim Brown, actor Larenz Tate, and Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano. Following the luncheon, Chancellor’s from all IU campuses were interviewed on the Michael Brown Show, AM 1310: The Light.
Almost 200 IU representatives from across the state participated in the three day exhibition: Children’s Day, “U2IU” Day, and 21st Century Scholars Day. During the exhibition participants were exposed to fun and educational programming offering a glimpse into the many opportunities and experiences that are available on IUs eight campuses. On 21st Century Scholars Day, participants signed-up to be a 21st Century Scholar, they took required campus tours virtually, checked scholarship statuses, and spoke with state and IU campus 21st Century Scholar representatives.