Programs and Services

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion offers a wide variety of programs and services for the Franklin College campus. For information on how to get involved in any of these opportunities, please contact Terri Roberts-Leonard at troberts@FranklinCollege.edu.

Lunch & Learn Diversity Discussion Series

Twice a semester the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in partnership with Human Resources will host lunch time discussions that provide faculty and staff the opportunity to learn more about various dimensions of diversity. Lunch will be provided!

Diversity Advocates

Diversity Advocates are undergraduate peer educators committed to promoting diversity and social justice, increasing awareness and knowledge of diversity-related issues, creating dialogue that explores the definition and perception of diversity and working to strengthen the Franklin College community. Diversity Advocates conduct educational workshops and lead discussions. Diversity Advocates are students who believe in bringing more awareness to the campus environment around issues concerning diversity and believe in bringing appropriate change to our campus, but more importantly to themselves as individuals. They believe in breaking barriers and exposing stereotypes for what they are and in extending the awareness of our differences in order to see our similarities. If you are interested in booking a Diversity Advocate to visit your class or student organization, please feel free to contact Terri Roberts-Leonard in ODI.

B.O.S.S. (Building Opportunities through Support and Structure) Mentoring Program

The B.O.S.S. Mentoring Program pairs Franklin College students with professionals. The purpose is to provide students with an adult mentor to expose them to successful individuals whom they may not have otherwise encountered. It also serves as an additional level of support. The program will be starting it’s fifth year in the Fall of 2018! To register for the program, please request an application by emailing diversity@FranklinCollege.edu.

Brother to Brother

This is a peer led role-modeling program designed to aid in the personal, cultural and educational development and retention of minority male students during their matriculation through Franklin College. Brother to Brother seeks to provide a positive atmosphere that will encourage students to exhibit uncompromising character and academic excellence. It also aids in establishing a cultural foundation for minority male students through small group bonding activities. Students will engage in networking opportunities, build connections with one another and set standards of excellence for themselves that they will hold each other accountable for reaching and maintaining. They will also have the opportunity to interact with positive minority male role models from the community in a supportive environment.

Sister to Sister

This is a peer led role-modeling program designed to aid in the personal, cultural and educational development and retention of minority female students during their matriculation through Franklin College. Sister to Sister seeks to provide a positive atmosphere that will encourage students to exhibit uncompromising character and academic excellence. It also aids in establishing a cultural foundation for minority female students through small group bonding activities. Students will engage in networking opportunities, build connections with one another and set standards of excellence for themselves that they will hold each other accountable for reaching and maintaining. They will also have the opportunity to interact with positive minority female role models from the community in a supportive environment.

B.O.L.D. (Building Our Leaders Through Diversity) Living/Learning Community

The B.O.L.D. House is a living/learning community that aims to promote an understanding and respect for multiculturalism and diversity and to provide intellectual, social and cultural programs focused on multicultural enrichment. The student leader for 2018-2019 is Fiyah Kirby. Theme houses fall under Residence Life. ODI is the house sponsor which provides funding and advising for the house.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Celebration

Franklin College hosts a day of activities in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. These activities include: community service opportunities, a commemorative march, a Chapel Service and a keynote convocation lecture speaker. These events are all free and open to the public. MLK Day for 2019 is January 21, 2019.

Power of Diversity Lecture Series

The Power of Diversity Lecture Series was established in 2017 to provide Franklin College and the greater Indianapolis community with opportunities to engage in learning and dialogue around issues of diversity and inclusion. The series aims to inspire campus dialogue, community engagement and civic education. The speakers include scholars, community leaders and diversity professionals whose scholarship, leadership and advocacy enhance the college’s efforts to present diverse viewpoints, ideas and perspectives in an effort to inspire greater understanding and appreciation for inclusive excellence. These events are free and open to the public.

Center for Diversity & Inclusion and the Multicultural Lounge

The Center for Diversity & Inclusion opened in February of 2017. The multicultural lounge includes a full kitchen, furniture and a computer station. Students visiting these spaces will be exposed to an environment that encourages their participation in academic and co-curricular experiences that emphasize diversity, multiculturalism, social responsibility, self-awareness, cross-cultural dialogue and community building within and outside of this space and the larger college community. The spaces are open for everyone and can be reserved through the on-line system.

Diversity Workshops/Trainings

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion provides various trainings on different dimensions of diversity throughout the school year. This also includes Safe Zone training.

Scholar of the Month

The ODI Scholar of the Month program encourages high scholastic achievement! Students show proof of achieving four grades of an A in a month and they are entered into a drawing to win a $25 gift card!

Resource Library

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion has a small but growing resource library available to students, faculty and staff. Individuals are able to check out these resources for a limited amount of time.

Diversity Programming Support/Consultation

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion can provide support and/or consultation to faculty and staff with the diversity programming that they sponsor.

Academic Assistance

Are you struggling academically? In collaboration with the Academic Resource Center, The Office of Diversity & Inclusion can assist you in creating a plan to get you back on the road to success!

Mentoring & Support

Do you just need someone to talk to? The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is here to listen. We want you to have a great experience here at Franklin College and will do all that we can to help ensure your success.

Multicultural Organization and Adviser Support

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion is available to provide assistance and/or training to advisers of multicultural organizations on campus as well as to the organizations themselves on various topics related to diversity and multiculturalism.

Diversity Events

The Office of Diversity & Inclusion does many events covering a wide array of diversity, inclusion and social justice topics.