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Diversity Services

Cultural Programs

Celebration of Diversity

Butler University’s Celebration of Diversity is a comprehensive analysis and recognition of the contributions of African-Americans and other ethnic cultures to American history and society. Promoting ethnic diversity is an integral goal stated in the Butler University Mission Statement. The celebration of diversity, through multicultural interaction and awareness, facilitates a greater appreciation of the inherent complexities and commonalities of our global community.

Celebration of Diversity has become one of the largest multicultural collegiate observances in the Midwest. Program highlights include:

  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon Symposium
  • Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series
  • African-American Music Heritage Festival
  • Fall Study Tour
  • Women’s History Month programming
  • Annual student sponsored service projects, educational programs, and events. Popular student events include the Black Student Union's, "Showtime on Sunset" Midwest Collegiate Talent Competition, GospelFest, Unity Ball, and the Campus Style Fashion Show and Cultural Fair

Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series

Butler’s Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series was implemented in 1988 to provide Butler University and the greater Indianapolis community. The Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series promotes ethnic diversity and multicultural awareness through increased interaction with high profile multicultural scholars, dignitaries and personalities.

Past lecturers have included:

  • Dr. Maya Angelou, Inaugural Poet, Author, Actress and Director
  • Carole Simpson, Journalist and Weekend Anchor, ABC Evening News
  • Dr. Joseph Lowery, Civil Rights Activist
  • Spike Lee, Actor and Director
  • Dr. Joycelyn Elders, Surgeon General of the United States
  • Kimberly Aiken, Miss America 1994
  • Dr. Benjamin Chavis, Civil Rights Activist
  • Dr. Makiziwe (Maki) Mandela, Educator and daughter of Nelson Mandela, President of the Republic of South Africa
  • Robert Townsend, Actor, Director and Comedian
  • Dr. Phakamile Gongo, first Black Secretary General of the Embassy of South Africa
  • Dr. Bertice Berry, Award-winning Lecturer, Comedienne, and talk show host
  • Morris Dees, Co-founder and Chief Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center
  • Myrlie Evers-Williams, Civil Rights Activist and Chairperson of the National Board of Directors of the NAACP

Social Interaction and Development

Greek Life

Butler University has an extremely active and diverse Greek system, with 14 national fraternities and sororities. Two sororities, Alpha Kappa Alpha and Sigma Gamma Rho, and Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity are traditionally African-American Greek organizations. Opportunities for membership in inter-campus chapters of other traditionally African-American Greek organizations are available to Butler students.


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 as 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.

Resources for Students


Infographic courtesy of Association of College Personnel Administrators (ACPA). 


1. DACA and Employment Authorization Documents will remain valid until their expiration date. To determine when DACA and work permits expire, look at the I-795 Approval Notice at the bottom of the Employment Authorization Document.

2. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services will no longer accept or process first-time DACA applications.

3. The Department of Homeland Security will no longer grant DACA recipients permission to travel abroad through Advance Parole. Any pending applications for Advance Parole will not be processed and the Department of Homeland Security will refund any associated fees. 

Butler Resources

The Office of Student Affairs is here to help students with any questions or concerns.  Students can call us at 317-940-9570 or stop by our office in suite 200 of Atherton Union.

International Student Services is here to help students with any questions or concerns.

Bobbie Gibson, Associate Director of International Student Services, Center for Global Education


(Please note that Bobbie is a resource; however she is not a confidential resource in her role.)


Latinos Unidos is a student organization housed within the Efroymson Diversity Center, and provides peer support for students.


(317) 940-6581


(Please note that Latinos Unidos is a resource; however they are not a confidential resource as a student organization.)


There are individuals at the university in both the Center for Faith and Vocation (CFV) and the Counseling and Consultation Services office who are available for students interested in having a confidential conversation regarding DACA.


Daniel Meyers, Director of the Center for Faith and Vocation



Dr. Keith Magnus, Director of Counseling and Consultation Services



The Efroymson Diversity Center  and the Center for Faith and Vocation present a monthly program, First Friday at Four, which provides opportunity for dialogue, learning and support related to local, national and global issues and concerns. The next First Friday program will be held Friday, November 3, at 4:00 PM in the Diversity Center, Atherton Union, Room 004.  Everyone is welcome and food is provided.  


Additional Web-Based Resources

Comprehensive DACA Resource

Financial Aid for Undocumented Students

United We Dream Network

Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC)

National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA)

El Refugio

National Immigrant Justice Center

Immigrant Legal Resource Center

National Immigration Law Center 

The Dream.US

Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund 

Immigration attorneys by zip code

Resources for obtaining a loan to pay for the DACA extension application

Defending DACA: A Toolkit for DREAMers