B.A. 2005, M.S. 2007, J.D. 2014
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For 20 years, Indiana University has played a pivotal role in shaping my education and propelling my personal and professional development. From the time I stepped foot on the Bloomington campus, my service and involvement to our beloved alma mater has been unwavering! I take great pride in serving the IU community and seek your support of my candidacy to become your next Alumni Trustee.
IU Background Experience
As a proud three-time Indiana University alum, I received an B.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies in 2005 from IU Bloomington, an M.S. in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration in 2007 while working full-time on the IUPUI campus, and an J.D. in 2014 from IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law. During graduate school, I studied abroad through programs at IU South Bend and IUPUI.
As an undergraduate, I was a director on the 2003 Indiana Memorial Union Board, RHA student government, Dean’s (McKaig) Student Advisory Board, Student Athlete Services mentor and tutor, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, and NPHC Greek council president. While pursuing my graduate degree, I was the advisor for several IUPUI Greek organizations, conducted research for IUB’s Enhancing Minority Attainment diversity initiative, and IUPUI Chancellor’s (Bantz) Student Engagement Committee. During law school, I served as instructor for the IU partnership with Indianapolis Public School, Shortridge High School.
Currently, I serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. I am also an Adjunct Law Professor at IU McKinney School of Law teaching subjects in criminal law. Active in the Indianapolis community, with special interest in the development of young minds and the city’s future, I am the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Iibada Dance Company and serve on the Board of Directors for Mapleton-Fall Creek Neighborhood Association. I am a licensed foster parent and prior to the pandemic, tutored children experiencing homelessness through School on Wheels.
I have strong institutional knowledge of Indiana University and the growing challenges in higher education. As a Black male, first-generation college student from a low-income household, I know first-hand the prevailing issues still impacting students. Moreover, I have worked in higher education through various leadership roles during my career in student affairs and administration. The next Alumni Trustee should have a broad and comprehensive knowledge of higher education, prior training, and applicable experience. I am confident my qualifications have prepared me to take on this task.
Why I’m Running
I am running to become your next Alumni Trustee because I envision IU as the leader amongst all public universities where we can: (1) make IU more affordable for students; (2) decrease student loan debt for IU graduates; and (3) redevelop our strategy and approach to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. My plan focuses on:
- Making IU more affordable by freezing the cost of tuition for the next three years and develop a plan to offer free in-state tuition to first-generation college students for those whose family income is less than $75,000. Students will be required to maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.
- Creating an IU Student Loan Debt Forgiveness Plan. Through this plan, undergraduate borrowers who graduate and work in Indiana for four years can receive $3,000 per year in loan forgiveness, up to four years.
- Redeveloping efforts to increase IU’s diversity recruitment systemwide to attract and retain students and faculty of color. In 2006, the IU Board of Trustees endorsed a plan to double enrollment of underrepresented minority students. While prevailing in doubling the number of Asian students (3.4% in 2005, 7% in 2020) and Hispanic students (2.2% in 2005, 7.2% in 2020), Black student enrollment has remained relatively unchanged for 15 years at IUB (4.4% in 2005, 4.7% in 2020). (University Institutional Research and Reporting, 2021). I am encouraged by ongoing efforts but see an opportunity to invest more resources to ensure IU reaches its goals of doubling enrollment of Black students and recruiting more faculty of color.
Why elect Jeremy?
Each of us frames and views our work through a diverse array of lenses. As a millennial, I have been influenced by the principles and well-respected perspectives of the members who currently serve on the Board. My election to the Board would add the voice of a missing generation to the current generational perspective of thought. The next three years ahead will determine the direction for the next 100 years and I am excited for the opportunity to work in collaboration with current Board members to shape the future of IU.
I would be honored to serve as your next IU Trustee and thank you in advance for supporting my candidacy.