July 20, 1972
On this date, an eight-week non-credit course offered by IUPUI commenced with the aim to help "central-city residents" of Indianapolis develop civic leadership skills. The course arose as IUPUI administrators were sensitive to complaints by African-American residents of the near-westside Indianapolis neighborhood in which the campus was located. The physical growth of the IU Medical Center and the IUPUI campus over several decades had meant many residents had been displaced. To try to allay anger and resentment, IUPUI Chancellor Maynard K. Hine reached out to work with community members.
To learn more about the relationship between IUPUI and the near westside of Indianapolis, please contact IUPUI Special Collections and Archives email@example.com.