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Leading During a Crisis: Lessons on Philanthropy and Racial Justice

Date: October 27, 2020

Featuring: Marc Morial, president and CEO, National Urban League; and Tony Mason, president and CEO, Indianapolis Urban League

Location: Online via Zoom

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Building Power: A Conversation on Latinx Giving and Philanthropy

Date: October 22, 2020

Featuring: Ana Marie Argilagos, president of Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP), and Maria Pesqueira, president of the Healthy Communities Foundation

Location: Online via Zoom

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Reshaping Black Philanthropy: Inspiring the Next Generation of Philanthropists

Date: October 17, 2019
Moderator: Una Osili, Associate Dean for Research and International Programs; Professor of Economics and Philanthropic Studies; Dean's Fellow, Mays Family Institute on Diverse Philanthropy


  • Charmaine Brown, Senior Scholarship Officer, The Denver Foundation
  • Tiara Dungy, Doctoral Student, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
  • Edward Jones, Vice President of Programs, ABFE
  • Collin Mays, Mays Family Scholarship Creator
  • Kim Nyoni, Associate Vice President for Development, University of Nevada Las Vegas
  • Akilah Wallace, Executive Director, Faith in Texas

Title: "Reshaping Black Philanthropy: Inspiring the Next Generation of Philanthropists"
Location: Indianapolis Central Library – Clowes Auditorium, 40 E. St Clair St., Indianapolis, IN

Sandra Vargas

Date: April 24, 2019
Speaker: Sandra Vargas, Senior Executive Leadership Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota and Former President & CEO, The Minneapolis Foundation
Title: "Latinx Philanthropy: Engaging a Culture of Generosity and Collective Good"
Location: NCAA Hall of Champions and Conference Center, 700 W. Washington Street, Indianapolis, IN

Noah Drezner

Strada logoDate: March 27, 2019
Speaker: Noah Drezner, Associate Professor of Higher Education and Program Director of the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University
Title: "Queering Philanthropy: Emerging Research on Alumni Giving From and Supporting the LGBTQ Communities"
Location: Indianapolis Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN

Strada Education Network was the presenting sponsor of this Mays Diverse Speaker Series event.

Susan Batten

Lumina Foundation logoDate: January 15, 2019
Speaker: Susan Batten, President & CEO, ABFE
Title: "Struggle and Progress: Philanthropic Leadership on Issues of Race and Equity"
Location: Indianapolis Central Library, 40 E. St. Clair Street, Indianapolis, IN

Lumina Foundation was the presenting sponsor of this Mays Diverse Speaker Series event.

Distinguished Visitors

Date: November 6, 2018

In collaboration with Lake Institute on Faith & Giving’s Distinguished Visitor Series.


  • Rev. Starsky Wilson, President & CEO, Deaconess Foundation
  • Dr. Brad Braxton, Director, Center for the Study of African American Religious Life and Supervisory Curator of Religion, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Aimée Laramore, Owner & Lead Consultant for ALlyd Image Solutions, Philanthropic Strategist for African American Preaching and Sacred Rhetoric PhD Program at Christian Theological Seminary

Title: "Race Matters: Faith & Philanthropy in the African American Community"

Location: Christian Theological Seminary, 1000 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis, IN

Jim Moore

Date: October 30, 2018
Speaker: Jim Moore, President & CEO, University of Illinois Foundation
Title: "Diversifying Talent in Educational Advancement"
Location: Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN

Dr. Helene Gayle

Date: October 4, 2018
Speaker: Dr. Helene Gayle, President & CEO, Chicago Community Trust
Title: "The Urgency of Inclusion: Philanthropy in All Our Communities"
Location: Newfields – 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN

The Mays Family Institute Diverse Speakers Series was presented in part by the IUPUI 50th Anniversary Event Fund. To learn more about IUPUI's 50th Anniversary, visit