Darryl Heller has been named the Director for Student and Community Engagement at Indiana University South Bend. In this new position, Heller will broaden the mission of the Civil Rights Heritage Center (CRHC) at IU South Bend and manage the Engman Natatorium which serves as an outreach center to the community. He will begin his duties on June 8.
Prior to coming to IU South Bend, Heller was a visiting lecturer at the University of Illinois at Chicago for three years. He received his B.A. in Philosophy from the College of Charleston, his M.A. in American Studies from Columbia University, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.
Heller has nearly 20 years of experience in the fields of human services, community development, and nonprofit management. He was co-founder of the Amistad Institute, a New York based nonprofit organization that designed and implemented educational programs for inner-city communities. Since receiving his doctorate, Heller has taught history courses in various community and institutional settings, including to prisoners at Stateville Correctional Center in Illinois, people living on low incomes on the south side of Chicago, and undergraduate students at the University of Chicago.
The CRHC at IU South Bend is committed to the advancement of civil rights and social justice research, education, and outreach, with a focus on South Bend and the surrounding area. It was established after a group of IU South Bend students returned from a tour studying the Civil Rights Movement in the South in 2000. The CRHC’s programming work focuses on civil rights education, economic justice, and voting rights.
In 2009 the Engmann Natatorium was dedicated as part of the CRHC. This once segregated public swimming pool now hosts public lectures, programming, and exhibitions on topics related to civil rights and social justice. Located on the west side of South Bend, the natatorium serves as a community symbol of determination, struggle, and justice won.
The CRHC and the Natatorium are housed in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at IU South Bend.