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“Everyone has the power to create change, even on an individual level, as long as we are inclusive and lean on our communities,” said a participant at a recent program organized by IU South Bend’s Alumni Association and its Civil Rights Heritage Center called “Examining Power, Oppression, and Complicity: A Community Dialogue.”   This community conversation—one of the nearly one hundred IUSB programs and initiatives focused on Title IX and/or diversity,…

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Thanks to support from the Community Foundation of Elkhart County, IU South Bend can better serve more high school students, adult learners and lifetime learners as well as businesses and organizations in the Elkhart area. A new grant will equip IU South Bend to expand its capacity to enhance workforce and economic development and build more K-12 and community partnerships.   “There is great potential in Elkhart County for us to partner with community organizations, businesses, and schools to meet educational, talent, and business development needs by offering more programs through IUSB’s Elkhart Center,” said Susan Elrod, PhD, chancellor of Indiana University South Bend.  The Community Foundation will provide funding for a new position—the director of Elkhart programs and partnerships—who will be a…

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Junior Brikea Sherrod’s priority is to push herself to step outside of her comfort zone so she can grow and achieve her goals. After graduating from Michigan City High School, she knew she wanted to remain close to her family while still pursuing her college education. Even without a vehicle of her own, Brikea was dedicated to making her dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher a reality. Each morning,…

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When the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce announced the 2021 Michiana Forty under 40, five IU South Bend alumni were on the list. The annual award shines a spotlight on the region’s most talented and dedicated young executives, professionals, and leaders who demonstrate career success and community engagement.  "More than 70 percent of IU South Bend graduates remain in the area after graduation," said Chancellor Susan Elrod, "and like…

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Wisdom Ifeanyi’s deep passion for soccer drove his life-changing decision to move around the world from his home country of Nigeria to study at Indiana University South Bend.  “I didn’t have the opportunity to go to school in Nigeria. IUSB gave me the big opportunity of my lifetime,” says Wisdom. He chose to major in health sciences with a concentration in sports and exercise science so he could further develop…

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