Office of Diversity Programs

History and Goals


The Butler University Office of Diversity Programs was established upon the recommendation of the Task Force on Minority Affairs. Commissioned in 1982 by the Office of the President, its charge was to adequately assess the academic, social and economic needs and the quality of campus life for Butler's multicultural student population. Under the leadership of Butler President Geoffrey Bannister, the part-time position of Coordinator of Minority Affairs was upgraded to a fulltime director's position in 1989, indicative of Butler University's commitment to multicultural student concerns.


The following are the goals and objectives of the Office of Diversity Programs:

  • To assess the academic, social, cultural and economic needs of the multicultural student population and provide support services to address their individual needs.
  • To establish a cohesive relationship between the multicultural student population and multicultural alumni.
  • To develop an awareness and sensitivity to the diversity and unique cultural differences among the student population.
  • To serve the Butler University Black Student Union in an advisory capacity, providing a catalyst between the organization, faculty, and administration.
  • To provide guidance and assistance to the multicultural student population in the determination and achievement of their individual career goals.
  • To provide multicultural enrichment programs for the University and the surrounding community.
  • To serve s a liaison to the Butler University Minority Alumni Council.
  • To assist and monitor multicultural recruitment, orientation and retention.
  • To develop a supportive and congenial relationship with student organizations and actively encourage participation in campus activities.
  • To serve as a community resource for the student population.


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Office of Diversity Programs

Efroymson Diversity Center
Atherton Union, Room 004
4600 Sunset Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46208
Phone: (317) 940-6570
Fax: (317) 940-6572
Director: Valerie Davidson