At the start of November, I participated in the IUPUI Parents’ Weekend “Donuts with the Deans,” where I met parents of IUPUI students, some of whom were interested in exploring our master’s degree.
We welcomed Paul Carrese from Arizona State University’s School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership, to give a talk in the Tocqueville Series. We also welcomed Dr. Brad Braxton and Rev. Starsky Wilson, who spoke about “Race Matters: Faith & Philanthropy in the African American Community” as part of a joint Lake Institute and Mays Institute program, and they were able to join Board of Visitors member Rose Mays for a lunch meeting as well. Aimée Laramore added her perspective to theirs during the Lake and Mays event, which was moderated by Rev. Dr. Leah Gunning Francis.
I was pleased to join Board of Visitors member Billie Dragoo’s table as the Charles Whistler award was accepted by Marianne Glick. I also had a pleasant lunch with Board of Visitors member Ellen Rosenthal to discuss recruitment possibilities for our Board of Visitors.
In Houston, I had the special treat of catching up with lifetime Board of Visitors member Maureen Hackett and visiting new acquaintances at the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. In Austin, I was pleased to attend the annual ARNOVA conference where I chaired a roundtable on the connections between research and practice as well as a colloquium on the state of the field.
Back on campus, I attended the IUPUI Strategic Enrollment Summit, and we welcomed Katie Smith Milway as part of a grant from the Hewlett Foundation to explore more robust ways of disseminating research.
We released the announcement of the McKinney Family Foundation’s generous support for the McKinney Professorship and the McKinney Fellows at the school. We thank Board of Visitors member Stephanie Goodrid Lawson and the foundation for these wonderful grants, which will allow our students and faculty to play leading roles in environmental resilience and sustainability.
As the month concluded, I was on my way to Saudi Arabia to participate in the 8th Non Profit Sector Development Forum.