As Indiana’s only Predominantly Black Institution of higher education (PBI), we pledge to take
meaningful action to help eradicate racial equity gaps and racial injustice in Central Indiana.
Together, we must be intentional in our actions, thoughtful in our approaches, and resilient in
our efforts to achieve more positive and equitable outcomes for African Americans. We pledge to
address racial inequities and disparities in education, income, health, social mobility, and all
other determinants that have resulted in marginalization, disadvantage, exclusion, and
inequality for communities of color.
Help Close Racial Equity Gaps in Employment, Income, and Wealth
Focus Area: Workplace, Prosperity, and Education
We will continue to intentionally focus on closing equity gaps in college attainment,
unemployment, and poverty for African American, low-income, and adult students. We will transform
our institution into an Urban Work College by partnering with employers and workforce development
organizations so that our students are prepared for and achieve promising careers upon graduation.
Martin University will launch the Martin WORKS Urban Work College program in the Fall of 2021.
Help Create and Maintain Sustainable Racial Equity and Inclusion Practices
Focus Areas: Education
Through the Martin University Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion, we pledge to provide
education, training, and resources to help businesses, organizations, and communities develop and
implement sustainable racial equity and inclusion practices.
The Martin University Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion will launch in mid-January 2021.
We will serve as a “Communiversity” for racial equity, creating and providing welcoming spaces and
resources for education, discourse, and constructive activism. As a Communiversity, we will also
advance racial equity and economic development by utilizing minority-owned firms as vendors,
hiring a diverse and inclusive workforce, and supporting collaborative initiatives that promote
racial equity and justice.
This has been ongoing at Martin University. Specific Communiversity goals, objectives, and
metrics are included in our 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.
Join us in the important work of creating racial equity in Central Indiana.