The Chemistry Department is committed to equal opportunity, and strives to increase inclusion and participation among underrepresented communities at all academic levels. As such, we are proud to have an active Diversity Affairs Committee, and we support diversity initiatives and promote an inclusive learning community through all our programs.

Departmental Organizations



The National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) is a non-profit professional organization dedicated to assisting black and other minority students and professionals in fully realizing their potential in academic, professional, and entrepreneurial pursuits in chemistry, chemical engineering, and allied fields. Learn more our local NOBCChE chapter!


The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Learn more about our local SACNAS chapter!

Women in Science

Women in Science is a group comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, researchers, faculty, staff, and Bloomington community members across a range of scientific fields (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, SPEA, etc.). The purpose of the organization is to support Women in Science associated with Indiana University and the surrounding community. Learn more about WIS!

National Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. Learn more about our local chapter (based in the School of Informatics Computing and Engineering)!

University Organizations


Diversity on Campus

IU prides itself on having a globally minded campus, where everyone is respected and celebrated for their unique contributions to our culture. As such, you can expect to feel accepted and welcome regardless of your race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Learn more about Diversity at IU!

Getting You Into Indiana University

Getting You into Indiana University (GU2IU) is a campus recruitment program for prospective underrepresented and minority students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or M.F.A. at Indiana University (IUB) Bloomington. Learn more!


The Graduate Student and Professional Organization is a graduate school level representative organization on campus. The GPSO has the following four (4) committees that are open to all graduate students: Benefits Committee, Diversity Committee, Student Affairs Committee and Sustainability Committee. Learn more here!
Contact gpso@indiana.edu or Jared Kafader

Emissaries for Graduate School Diversity

The goal of the Emissaries for Graduate Student Diversity program is to connect trained IUB graduate students to assist in the various stages of the graduate application and admission process, and provide information and referrals to on campus resources and services. Learn more here!

Black Graduate Student Association

The Black Graduate Student Association is an organization dedicated to fostering and supporting the academic, professional, mental, and social well-being of Black graduate and professional students. Learn more here!

National Organizations


As noted above, IU has local chapters of several national organizations, including NOBCChE, SACNAS, and NSBE, that are dedicated to supporting diverse URM students in STEM. In addition to these resources, please have a look at the following national organizations:

Gems Consortium

GEM is a network of leading corporations, government laboratories, top universities, and top research institutions that enables qualified students from underrepresented communities to pursue graduate education in applied science and engineering. Learn more here.