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Dedication to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion...

“The University is making vital strides in its diversity and inclusion strategies, and we know the leaders and thinkers of tomorrow are living in a more diverse world." Justin Christian


The graduates of 1995 of DePauw University, Justin P. and Darrianne Howard Christian, have committed more than $500,000 in support of improvements to diversity efforts of the Association of African American Students and Cultural Resource Center and the essential programming to enhance diversity and inclusion at this university. On November 11, 2017, there was a dedication ceremony for The Justin and Darrianne Christian Center for Diversity and Inclusion which was erected to continue the work of strengthening DePauw's dedication to its values of diversity and inclusion. The CDI is home to the following:

  • Association of African American Students Lounge (West Wing)
  • Dorothy Brown Cultural Resource Lounge (East Wing) 

Domestic students of color represent 19% percent of the student body and international students represent 21% percent of the student body. DePauw students, faculty and staff members use this space to experience the vast array of cultural, religious and ethnical events that are held throughout the academic year. The new center has strengthened DePauw's value by creating a safe space that includes and involves the entire campus. 


The Association of African-American Students (AAAS) was established in late 1960s as a student organization at DePauw University. Its primary goal being to empower African-American students with the creation of an inclusive and supportive environment for them. The organization continues to work toward the promotion of cultural awareness and social interaction among African-American students on campus. Through various activities and events AAAS helps African-American students to explore their academic and social identities and foster a sense of unity and belonging among all students at DePauw University. This organization has played a crucial role in promoting a diverse and inclusive community at DePauw.


Dorothy Brown, affectionately "Mama Brown" worked in the education department of DePauw from 1986 - 1989. She has been an active member of the local organizations in Greencastle which includes: Greencastle Kiwanis, Putnam County Museum, NAACP, and the Gobin Church. Dorothy Brown has been recognized for her hard work and dedication to making the Greencastle community a better place. After all of her efforts throughout the years, in recognition of her contributions, DePauw University renamed its Cultural Resource Center to the Dorothy Brown Resource Center in her honor.