Founded in 1820, Indiana University Bloomington (IUB) is a public research university and the flagship, residential, doctoral-extensive campus of Indiana University’s (IU) seven campuses and two regional centers statewide. IUB has 16 degree-granting colleges and schools, offers over 200 majors, and has an enrollment of over 45,000 students. In Fall 2022, the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering consisted of more than 2,000 undergraduate and 1,700 graduate students with a demographic breakdown of 19.8% undergraduate women students, 13.3% undergraduate students from underrepresented populations (defined below), 34.2% graduate women students, and 2.7% graduate underrepresented students. This demographic breakdown is not consistent with the state of Indiana population demographics which includes 50.4% women and 18.4% underrepresented individuals. The demographics of the undergraduate population reflect those of the state and are overwhelmingly White. The graduate population is more diverse, and includes large numbers of international students from China, Korea, and India.
The vision of the Luddy School is of a community committed to diversity as a core strength and as a principle for maximum innovation, creativity, pedagogy, and scholarship. The Luddy School reaches inclusive excellence through an ongoing process of self-reflection analysis, engagement, and feedback. Through informal feedback and observations, we have learned that we need to improve our outreach, recruitment, and retention efforts to improve the diversity and inclusion of our student enrollment, matriculation, and graduation.
The Luddy School acknowledges that individuals who identify as women, Black/African American, Hispanic or Latino/a/x, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders and persons with disabilities are historically underrepresented in computing (abbreviated as “underrepresented populations”). Additionally, we recognize an opportunity to address the needs of other underserved populations in computing, which include first-generation students, students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, and veterans.
Goal 1: Provide a systematic data collection clearinghouse to gather and analyze data to measure outreach, recruitment, and retention statistics of Luddy School stakeholders (faculty, students, and staff) from underrepresented populations.
Goal 2: Through expanding our recruitment of individuals who are fromunderrepresented populations via fostering partnerships with new markets we will increase the number of Luddy School stakeholders from underrepresented populations by 2028.
Goal 3: Measure and improve retention of individuals who are from underrepresented populations by fostering an inclusive, supportive environment and providing academic and research support initiatives.