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
Distinguished Fellow for the Office of Institutional Diversity
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.
Gender Equity Task Force
The Gender Equity Task Force recommendation to the University Senate for an enhanced sick leave policy was approved by the Ball State University Board of Trustees May 6, 2016
“Employees may now use more of their designated sick days either to care for an ill family member or to help facilitate a new adoption or foster placement in the family.”
The Gender Equity Task Force reflects the strategic goal of providing a High-Quality Work-Life Environment for faculty and staff.
Membership in the National Center for Development & Diversity is now open
Visit FacultyDiversity.org to sign up.