Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Welcome to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

At the O’Neill School, we’recommitted to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community for everyone who engages with our institution—placing justice and equity at the core of our mission and values.

Our strategic plan for 2022-2027, Stewarding Social Betterment and Environmental Sustainability   reimagines stewardship—our individual and collective responsibility for the world around us—as a means to bring about the greater good.

Increasing student, faculty, and staff diversity along with instilling cultural intelligence as a lived value of our school is an ongoing process that requires dedication, critical thinking, and partnership on the part of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Through ongoing recruitment, retainment, and training initiatives, we will build on these values to create community and solidarity at the O’Neill School.

We recognize that transformation requires an ongoing effort and solidarity across the entire IU community—here at O’Neill, it begins with student excellence.


Michael Jefferson, MPA-MSES’19

Manager - Diversity and Inclusion Programs, MISO

“O’Neill really does a wonderful job preparing its public affairs, environmental science, and professional students, because there’s an intentional focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice baked into the entire curriculum.”

As a member of Students for Equity and Public Affairs, Jefferson helped O’Neill launch its first Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.


Ximena Martinez Ruiz, MIA’22

Latino Outreach Coordinator, City of Bloomington

“I would encourage anybody from all over the world to apply to O’Neill, because as an international student, I had the same treatment and access to the same opportunities as locals. I didn’t feel like an outsider, actually, I felt very welcomed here.”

As a student, Martinez Ruiz served as the International Student Services Coordinator for the O’Neill School.


Kyrian Freeman, BSPA’22

Strategy and Consulting Analyst, Accenture Federal Services

“The O’Neill school equips you with the foundational tools to be active changemakers in your community, whether that's on a local, state or federal level.”

Freeman served as the president of the Black Student Union and as IU’s first openly gay and black student body president.

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