Indiana University Receives $1.5 Million for Diversity and Leadership

Indiana University Receives $1.5 Million for Diversity and Leadership

Indiana University has announced a $1.5 million gift from attorney Lacy M. Johnson and his wife, Patricia, to its Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs.

The gift will establish the Johnson Chair for Diversity and Leadership and support the university’s diversity efforts through scholarships, programming, and a continued focus on other issues affecting underrepresented populations at IU. James C. Wimbush, IU vice president for diversity, equity, and multicultural affairs and dean of the University Graduate School, has been appointed as the inaugural Johnson Chair.

An alumnus of IU's Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Lacy Johnson is a partner at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis and a founding member of the recently established Black Philanthropy Circle, which  supports African-American students, faculty, and staff on IU campuses, with a focus on degree attainment, scholarships, and academic resources.

"In observing IU's prioritization of diversity and inclusion work under the guidance of Dr. Wimbush, we feel compelled to pledge our assistance in ensuring additional progress occurs,” said Johnson, “in particular, to support students of color."

(James Wimbush photo credit: Indiana University)