Diversity this Week

A message from the Associate Vice President for Inclusive Excellence
Doing the work of creating an inclusive culture here at Ball State University

This Week in Diversity Now…
Monday, November 4, 7:00 PM
Kinghorn, Multi Purpose Room
Join a discussion on the current state of immigration in the U.S.

Save the Date
Thursday, November 21, 6:00 PM
AT 183
The Wall: The Effect of Its Imposing Presence on Migrant Families as part ofReel Inclusion: A Film Series. Hosted by The Office of Inclusive Excellence, Ball State University Libraries, Friends of Bracken Library, the Multicultural Center, and the Office of the Provost. The film has a running time of 55 minutes. Following the film will be a discussion facilitated by Lucas Norrington, Education Program Specialist for the Indiana Latino Institute.

Expand your horizons…

Nov 9-10: Kristallnacht- Commemorates the 1938 pogrom against Jews throughout Germany and Vienna. Learn more here.

Nov 9-10 (sundown to sundown): Eid Milad un-Nabi, an Islamic holiday commemorating the birthday of the prophet Muhammad. During this celebration, homes and mosques are decorated, large parades take place, and those observing the holiday participate in charity events. . Learn more here.

Live-Beneficence…I see the Beneficence in you
Beneficence challenge: Learn how genuinely taking care of yourself is good for yourself, but also is beneficial for other people as well. Learn more here.
Share examples of the Beneficence you see in others – email your nominations to ie@bsu.edu Please include your name, the person's name and the way in which they embodied the Beneficence Pledge.

…& looking back.

Nov. 5, 1974: Ella Grasso (CT) elected first woman US governor not related to previous governor. Learn more here.
Nov. 8, 1983:. The first woman governor of Kentucky, Martha Layne Collins, was elected. Learn more here.
Nov. 8, 1983: The first black mayor of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, W. Wilson Goode, was elected. Learn more here.


New Facebook Page We are launching a new Facebook Page to better get the word out about inclusive efforts and information around and on the Ball State University Campus. To stay informed please go here.

Setting the tone for an inclusive classroom. Learn more here.

Featured Diversity Scholarship
An opportunity to showcase faculty publications 2019
Jun Xu Professor of Sociology Find more information  here.

Keeping Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as a forethought…not an afterthought
Use these 4 tips to create more culturally responsive programming. Learn more here.

Contact the Office of Inclusive Excellence
Phone 765-285-5316
Emailie@bsu.edu Applied Technologies AT101
FacebookInclusive Excellence at Ball State University

Paris McCurdy

Paris McCurdy

OID is pleased to have Paris McCurdy, join our team as the Director of Community Diversity Initiatives. Paris will be overseeing partnerships and sponsorships between the University, its departments, and the greater community. Paris will also internally coordinate activities between the Office of Institution Diversity, the Office of Community Engagement, the University Foundation and other university offices that focus on community engagement, providing leadership for the development and implementation of an overall strategic university Community Relations Plan for Ball State. Paris has an extensive background in community development, has built partnerships with the Detroit mayor’s office, police department, neighborhood service organizations and local businesses to connect each area to the community. Paris is an alumnus of Ball State University, and we are excited to welcome Paris back into the community with high hopes for his impact and passion for this position. Read the Office of Institutional Diversity - Community Diversity Initiatives Here


Greg Fehribach

Distinguished Fellow for the Office of Institutional Diversity Greg Fehribach

Greg Fehribach earned both is undergraduate and Masters of Arts degrees at Ball State University. While at Ball State, Greg made history as the first student with a disability to be elected student body president. Greg founded The Fehribach Group, a company working with industry to promote universal design in 1995.

A graduate of Ohio Northern University’s Petit College of Law, Greg has practiced law since 1968. Greg participated in the development of the American with Disabilities Act, speaking before Congress as an Indiana Attorney. He is currently affiliated with Indianapolis law firm Doninger Tuohy & Bailey LLP and most recently has accepted the position of Distinguished Fellow for the Office of Institutional Diversity.

Greg was awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Award at the 2017 Champions of Diversity award ceremony hosted by the Indiana Minority Business Magazine, in conjunction with the Indiana Recorder. The Champions of Diversity event recognizes individuals and organizations committed to promoting inclusion and equality. Ball State has always been at the forefront of providing access and inclusion for minority groups and this recognition further exemplifies Ball State’s dedication to equality. Greg was nominated through Eskenazi Health for his work on the Internship for Empowerment and Economic Independence and Ball State’s Disability Project. Please see this link for more information.


By order of President Obama, on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 Greg was sworn in as a member of the Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Access Board. The Access Board is an independent federal agency that promotes accessible design and develops accessibility guidelines and standards for people with disabilities. Greg’s time at Ball State, both as a student and a Distinguished Fellow in the Office of Institutional Diversity, laid the groundwork to expect this level of inclusion from all institutions. He is grateful that Ball State afforded him the preparation to serve the country.  Learn more about the Access Board by clicking this link and can read the President’s appointment by clicking this link.