Ivy Tech Community College Names Executive Director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College named Doneisha Posey as executive director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging. This newly created position will serve as the College’s diversity and equity compliance officer and will be responsible for working with teams across campuses and Systems Office to establish a workplace culture that promotes success and belonging for every Ivy Tech employee. Posey will be responsible for designing creative ideas to increase employee engagement and will measure Ivy Tech’s effectiveness in serving the needs of faculty and staff.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve in the inaugural role as the executive director of Employee Diversity, Equity and Belonging,” Posey said. “Ivy Tech is a diverse and vibrant community, and I look forward to building upon – and contributing to – Ivy Tech’s commitment to diversity, equity and belonging by working collaboratively across all campuses to foster an inclusive climate for all employees.”

Prior to Ivy Tech, Posey served as deputy director and general counsel of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission. She also serves as an adjunct law professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law where she teaches Housing Discrimination and Segregation as well as Race and the Law.

Posey’s career includes serving as legal advisor for the Governor’s Commission on Minority and Women Business Enterprises, administrative law judge at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and immigration litigation attorney in private practice.

“As we continue building a culture of connectedness with students and employees at Ivy Tech, Doneisha will put her civil rights and legal backgrounds to great use,” said Doran Moreland, Interim vice president for Diversity, Equity and Belonging. “The experience of feeling cared about, accepted, respected and valued is vitally important. We aim for excellence at Ivy Tech, both as an educational institution and as a place of work.”

As a native of Indianapolis, Posey holds her Juris Doctorate from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Additionally, she has a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Political Science and Global Studies from Marian University.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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Ivy Tech Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy – Circle of Ivy awards more than $146,000 to Campuses

Indianapolis, Ind. – Ivy Tech Foundation’s Women in Philanthropy Circle of Ivy will award $146,711 to 61 projects. The initiative raises funds to diminish barriers to higher education for Ivy Tech Community College students. Circle of Ivy has a statewide reach, with a focus specifically on campus needs and projects that positively impact students.

Since its inception in 2015, Circle of Ivy has grown to more than 750 members, with 424 added in 2018-2019 alone. In four years, the members have raised more than $495,000 to assist in 180 projects.

Each campus voted on submitted proposals and the following projects will be funded:

  • Anderson Campus – Student Emergency Funds
  • Bloomington Campus – Alternative Spring Break Professional Development, Classroom Catchbox Microphone, Day of College Expansion, Enabling the VR Classroom, Facing Freedom, Future of Money; Field Trip to Chicago Board of Exchange, Give & Take Food Pantry, Interactive Whiteboard, Outdoor Learning Lab
  • Columbus Campus – Arduino Boards for Student Use in IOT Course, Diversity, Equity and Belonging Campus Programming, University Library Comicon, iGRAD Student Planners, Ivy Mac Tools, Robots for Advanced Programming, Visual Communications Department Camera Equipment
  • Evansville Campus – ASAP Educational Trip – Live it. Learn it.
  • Fort Wayne Campus – Chain of Lakes Correctional Facility Training Fund, Helping Hands
  • Indianapolis Campus – Advancing Trauma-Informed Mental Health Services, Bear Necessities Sharing Shelves, Early Resource Connections Center: Supplying Students Life Support, Healthcare Clinical Transition Scholarship, Underground Railroad in Indiana
  • Kokomo Campus – ASAP Enrichment-Fund-A-Friday, Cash for Completers, Ready for Success
  • Lafayette Campus – Latino/Hispanic Outreach Initiative, PTK Scholarships, Respiratory Therapy Preceptor Appreciation Week, Screening of Film “My Name is Maria De Jesus” Followed by Discussion
  • Lake County, Valparaiso, Michigan City Campuses – Road to Graduation!
  • Lawrenceburg Campus – BIOL105 Red Wolf Sanctuary Field Trip, Making Student Travel to Indianapolis Possible-Salesforce Pathfinder Training Program, Service Learning: Improving our Community and Ourselves, Widen the Circle Conference
  • Madison Campus – Career Development Etiquette Dinner, Study Abroad and Alternative Spring Break for Madison Campus
  • Marion Campus – Women Interested in STEM Program Development/Emergency Funds
  • Muncie Campus – Student Emergency Funds
  • Richmond Campus – CNA Gait Belts, Community Outreach Wellness Supplies, Emergency NCLEX Funding, Enhancing the Psychology Curriculum, Go Pro for Professionalism, Ivy iClassroom, Small Scale 3-D Modeling
  • Sellersburg Campus – Exit 9 Art Club NYC Trip, Slide Dryer (Warmer) for MLT Program and MLT Model Lab, Transitional Transportation
  • South Bend/Elkhart Campus – Dress for Success Initiative
  • Terre Haute Campus – Increase Campus Transit Stops, Students Without a Plan, Women in STEM Scholarships
  • Warsaw Site – Emergency Textbook Fund, Loaner Laptop Program
  • Statewide – Project Jump Start Operational Funds, Single Moms Success

To learn more about Circle of Ivy visit ivytech.edu/circleofivy.

 

About Ivy Tech Community College

 

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

 

About the Ivy Tech Foundation

 

The Foundation’s most important function is to provide support for Ivy Tech Community College beyond state appropriations and student fees. Its overall program of work focuses on meeting student needs. The Foundation’s work is made possible by donations from friends of Ivy Tech. The Foundation distributes these donations as designated by the donor to support students and the College’s strategic initiatives.

 

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Ivy Tech and Valley Professionals partner to bring full-time behavioral health therapist to Ivy Tech campus

thumbnail_image003TERRE HAUTE – Ivy Tech Community College Terre Haute has announced a new partnership with Valley Professionals Community Health Center to establish a full-time behavioral health therapist position to provide free mental health and wellness services to students at the Ivy Tech campus. Establishing a behavioral health therapist on campus is a step toward improving student success by addressing students’ mental health and wellness needs and removing these educational barriers.

Michelle Edwards, MS, MSW, LSW, CADAC II, was hired for the position and began work November 11.

“In order to be successful in college, students need support outside of the classroom to address life challenges that are barriers to education,” said Ivy Tech Terre Haute Chancellor Lea Anne Crooks. “One of the greatest benefits of this partnership is that the behavioral therapist will be full-time and a consistent presence on campus with a permanent office. Michelle will be fully integrated into the Ivy Tech Student Success department, which provides all wrap-around services to support students outside of the classroom.”

In her new role, Edwards will provide free behavioral health therapy services to Ivy Tech students, working together with Valley Professionals Community Health Center’s integrated multidisciplinary healthcare team. She will also work with other community resource providers to help students connect to supports that can improve their behavioral health.

“Mental illness affects approximately one in five adults in the United States, which is why it’s important to develop resources early on,” said Terry J. Warren, CEO of Valley Professionals. “Valley is thrilled to partner with Ivy Tech Community College as we integrate behavioral health services into the campus of Terre Haute.”

The behavioral health therapist position is a welcomed addition to the Ivy Tech Student Success department that provides comprehensive wrap-around student services, including a food pantry, a student success coach, book assistance, disability support services, and more.

“I am excited to work in collaboration with the Student Success team,” said Edwards. “In addition to providing behavioral health therapy, I look forward to helping develop educational programming on wellness topics including body image, dealing with trauma, and healthy relationships.”

Edwards has been practicing in behavioral health roles since 2008 in healthcare facilities throughout the Wabash Valley. She received her Master of Social Work with a concentration in Integrated Health Care in 2018 and a Master of Science in Family and Consumer Sciences in 2008 from Eastern Illinois University.

About Ivy Tech Community College

Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

 

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