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Congratulations to Alyssa Pier, MA student in the IU School of Liberal Arts Museum Studies program, who was honored this spring with the prestigious William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion at IUPUI. Alyssa was one of 22 students recognized for demonstrating exemplary commitment to their communities during their years as an IUPUI student.

The William M. Plater Civic Engagement Medallion, named in honor of IUPUI’s former Executive Vice Chancellor and Dean of the Faculties (1988 to 2006), was established in 2006 to honor IUPUI graduates who have excelled in their commitment to the community through activities such as service learning, volunteerism, community/social issue advocacy, community work-study, and political engagement. 

See the full list of 2023 Plater Medallion Recipients »

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Dr. Elizabeth Nelson, Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities & Health Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor of History in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI has co-edited, along with Michelle Daniel Jones, a first-of-its-kind book titled Who Would Believe a Prisoner?: Indiana Women’s Carceral Institutions, 1848-1920. It brings together a group of incarcerated women at the Indiana Women’s Prison to provide a chronicle of what was originally known as the Indiana Reformatory Institute for Women and Girls, founded in 1873 as the first totally separate prison for women in the United States.

In May, the book grabbed national attention of The New Yorker magazine with a featured article titled “A History of Incarceration by Women Who Have Lived Through It”.

Three Liberal Arts faculty have been selected for the ninth round of IUPUI’s Next Generation 2.0 leadership development program. Estela Ene, chair of the Department of English, Sumedha Gupta, associate professor of economics, and Nichole Neuman, assistant professor of German will be joining four other campus faculty and 10 staff members for a nine-month curriculum beginning in September focusing on developing leadership skills and understanding issues in higher education.

English as a foreign language (EFL) teachers from 24 countries, including Ukraine, Fiji, Senegal, Honduras, and Thailand, traveled to Indianapolis for two weeks earlier this spring to experience first-hand how to use service-learning techniques to teach the English language in their own regions.

For six weeks this summer, interns from IUPUI will serve as instructors and organizers to host a Freedom School, a free literacy-based summer program to immerse children in the enjoyment of reading and learning, in/for the Indianapolis community. This high-energy, interactive academic and mentoring program is designed to nurture the development of positive Black and Brown identities in students while enhancing children’s reading skills and strengthening their academic performance.

Congratulations to IU School of Liberal Arts Communication Studies graduate, Myra Kivett, who will celebrate the highest achievement for a graduate when she addresses the Class of 2023 at this year’s undergraduate IUPUI Commencement on May 13. Kivett is a talented, creative artist in the truest sense of the word. She is a singer, songwriter, musician, photographer, and now, orator. We look forward to her inspirational words at graduation!

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