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
The following are the goals and objectives of the Office of
- 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
- To provide multicultural enrichment programs for the University
and the surrounding community.
- To serve s a liaison to the Butler University Minority Alumni
- To assist and monitor multicultural recruitment, orientation
- To develop a supportive and congenial relationship with student
organizations and actively encourage participation in campus
- To serve as a community resource for the student