Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.94
Liaison Robin Frederick
Submission Date July 21, 2022

STARS v2.2

Indiana University Southeast
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.50 / 2.00 Robin Frederick
Coordinator of STARS Assessment
Administrative Affairs
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

(Not an exhaustive list)

21st Century Scholars Association
The 21st Century Scholars Association at IU Southeast builds and maintains a community for 21st Century Scholars on the Indiana University Southeast campus to encourage engagement among scholars on campus and in the community through service, learning, and other enrichment activities.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/21Cscholars

Academy of Diversity and Inclusive Education
The ADIE’s mission is to provide academic resources for faculty and to showcase their achievements in the design and implementation of curricula, to conduct research, or to extend services that will cultivate a culturally inclusive environment and a habit of mind where diversity of thought and expression are valued, respected, appreciated, and celebrated.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/adie

Alpha Alpha Alpha
Alpha, Alpha, Alpha, or Tri-Alpha, is an honor society that promotes academic excellence and provides opportunities for personal growth, leadership development, and campus and community service for first-generation college students.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/tri-alpha

American Society for Safety Engineers
IUS ASSE Student Section's vision is to help it's students to achieve worthwhile purposes through understanding and living principle-centered leadership. The officers seek to inspire, empower, and provide tools to help our students increase performance and become well-informed and knowledgeable in environmental, health and safety.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/asse

Animal Rights Club
The goal of the Animal Rights Club is to show others on campus how animals are treated in common agricultural practices. We will also discuss the topics of animal testing, animal entertainment, etc., and provide ways to stop it.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/animalrightsclub

Bass Fishing Club at Indiana University Southeast
The Bass Fishing Club at Indiana University Southeast's purpose is: to invite any student to partake in the pastime of any type of fishing; to hold discussions about new and old fishing techniques as well as teaching, sharing, and learning fishing methods; to encourage good stewardship of our natural resources; and to participate in competitive Bass Fishing Tournaments.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/bassfishing

Biology Club
A club to bring together students who are passionate about biology. We provide volunteer opportunities and give students the chance to interact with other students in their degree to share problems and advice with each other on the way to their degree.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/biologyclub

Black Student Union
The Black Student Association is an organization that encourages, unifies and facilitates communication with black students at Indiana University Southeast.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/blackstudentassociation

Community Engagement Office
Welcome to the Office for Community Engagement. We offer resources for faculty, staff, students and community. It will serve as a base for connecting and working with individuals and groups seeking ideas, strategies, and support for academic service-learning courses and short or long-term commitments for community engagement projects. This office embraces the high-impact educational practice of service learning and community-based learning. We believe that students should have the opportunity to apply what they are learning and to reflect on their service experiences. We acknowledge that giving back to the community and working with community partners prepares our students to be involved as active citizens.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/communityengagement

Criminal Justice Student Association
The Criminal Justice Student Association is an alliance of students of all majors concerned with matters of justice. CJSA strives to raise awareness on campus of issues in the field through a creative and dynamic approach. It's our goal to inspire the next generation of social justice warriors while having some fun along the way.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/cjsa

The Indiana University Southeast Honors program (IUSHP)
is designed to promote a rigorous and nurturing academic program for talented, motivated, and highly curious students. With the evolving goal of gaining a view of the interdependence between various academic disciplines in addressing eternal human questions, students will have the opportunity to take a variety of multidisciplinary courses. In an act of intellectual self-reliance, students choose whether to design their own honors project, participate in their academic majors honors program, or conduct their own research projects as they complete the requirements of the IUSHP. The social, conference, and service activities of the Honors Program, like our courses, encourage students to develop their academic and personal strengths, while also venturing into things with which they might be less comfortable. Thus, students who thrive with applied learning opportunities are able to do so, without losing sight of the academic issues at stake. The honors program has been known to participate in sustainability initiatives on campus.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/honorsprogram
Spectrum
Spectrum at IUS is a long-standing on-campus organization which functions to both raise awareness of LGBT issues on and off campus, but also to provide a safe environment for LGBTQIA individuals and their allies to socialize, make friends, build bridges and find support. While our main membership consists of IUS students, we also advocate for and welcome IUS staff, faculty and members of the local community!
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/spectrum
STAR
STAR (Stand-up Teach, Advocate, Respond) exists to create and coordinate awareness and prevention programming as a way of highlighting issues related to sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, and domestic violence.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/violenceprevention

GREENadiers Sustainability Club
Promoting education on sustainability at Indiana University Southeast to improve our campus as a steward to the enivironment and our community.
https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organization/sustainabilityclub


Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
No

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

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Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

The garden program at IUS started in spring 2022 by the GREENadiers and Facility Operations and so it is still very much in the infancy stage. With that being said, the garden was created to serve as a resource for faculty and students to help out, harvest, and be educated on not only what goes on in the garden, but how to garden and on plants through demonstrations and planned events.


Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

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Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

The IUS Common Experience committee comes up with a theme each year that is a way to examine social injustice. The committee picks a book and a theme and they center a variety of events throughout the year around it.
Symposiums that have been held to cater to these themes:
2020-2021 (Height of the Pandemic)
Theme: "Sustainability: Being Mindful and Making a Difference" Reading: Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage Author: Dianne D. Glave (2010)
IUS hosted Dr. Glace through Zoom. Nearly 70 faculty, staff, students, and community members, Glave elaborated on themes developed in her book, which is this year’s reading for The Common Experience under the theme, “Sustainability: Being Mindful & Making a Difference.”
2019-2020 Theme: "Tolerance and the Struggle for Human Rights in Communities.”
IUS hosted a guest speaker, Matthew Shepard’s mother Judy Shepard.

EVENTS
Franciscan Earth Care Initiative-Green the Mount!
The Franciscan Earth Care Initiative is a public and spiritual commitment to model the Franciscan vision of environmental stewardship and sustainability. The goals of the initiative are to share with and involve the community through “green” projects, educational programs, volunteering, and partnerships. IU Southeast and Mt. Saint Francis co-sponsor educational series (presentations, workshops addressing nature, environmental stewardship, and sustainability, ecologically) that are hosted either on the campus of IU Southeast or at Mount Saint Francis.

Internationally renowned photographers to share experiences at IU Southeast
Jess Lee is a contributor to thousands of publications including covers on National Geographic, National Wildlife, and many others. He is also an international photography workshop leader, and his fine art photography has been represented in galleries throughout the west. Tamara Gooch has been voted one of the top three equine photographers in the world. Ranch & Reata magazine named her one of the top five photographers they have ever published. Her images have won numerous awards and have been published extensively in several U.S. and international publications.
https://now.ius.edu/2019/10/internationally-renowned-photographers-to-share-experiences-at-iu-southeast/

Chancellor Ray Wallace to unveil photo exhibit featuring Yellowstone National Park
The exhibit features 40 high-resolution digital images captured over two distinct seasons in the nation’s oldest, and most diverse, national park. Attendees can view his photographic journey through Yellowstone National Park and experience the wildlife and stunning landscapes he has “developed” through his lens.
https://now.ius.edu/2019/09/chancellor-ray-wallace-to-unveil-photo-exhibit-featuring-yellowstone-national-park/

Morgan Szabo ’14 receives YPAL/Business First “Rising Stars” Young Leaders award
Rising Stars are individuals who bring innovative ideas to their organizations, can find solutions to complex problems, and give their time generously to charities and other causes. They are selected on the basis of notable successes, strong leadership, and the impact they’ve had on our community.
https://now.ius.edu/2019/02/morgan-szabo-14-receives-ypal-business-first-rising-stars-young-leaders-award/

Japan experts talk about peace, prosperity, and partnership on International Power Hour
Two esteemed international experts were special guests on Horizon Radio’s International Power Hour, sharing their experience with and knowledge of Japanese-American relations with hosts Dr. Jean Abshire, associate professor of political science and international studies, and Dr. Cliff Staten, professor of political science and international studies. The delegation was in Kentuckiana to participate in public discussions highlighting the impact of the Japan-U.S. alliance on security and the regional economy.
https://now.ius.edu/2019/03/japan-experts-talk-peace-prosperity-and-partnership-on-international-power-hour/

CONFERENCES

Southern Indiana Human Trafficking Awareness Conference
SIHTC is a regionally based group whose membership is comprised of employees from nearly 30 community-based agencies. The goal of the SIHTC is to educate the community on human trafficking and to advocate for victims of human trafficking.
https://www.ius.edu/hta-conference/

IU Southeast students source inspiration at Indiana Latino Leadership Conference
The conference, now in its 20th year, cultivates the exchange of ideas, values, and beliefs in order to promote scholarship, leadership, cultural awareness, and community. The conference focuses on Latino-related topics, it is open to everyone, and benefits from a variety of perspectives. It is unique in that it brings together students from the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels. Student-led workshops covered a gamut of practical topics, from college readiness and the application process to financial literacy and leadership skills. Other fun and interactive sessions include workshops on the importance and power of personal storytelling, tools, and techniques for advocacy, and how to spread awareness through Latin dance.
https://now.ius.edu/2019/02/iu-southeast-students-attend-indiana-latino-leadership-conference/


Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Sustainability Upcycled Art Installation on the second floor of the campus library. The art was made by a student and two local artists from trash and recyclable materials to raise awareness of recycling and the impact that trash has on the environment and wildlife.

The sustainability club incorporated a large book display that covered every tier of sustainability. All of the books used came from the IU Southeast Library.

Chancellor Ray Wallace to unveil photo exhibit featuring Yellowstone National Park
The exhibit features 40 high-resolution digital images captured over two distinct seasons in the nation’s oldest, and most diverse, national park. Attendees can view his photographic journey through Yellowstone National Park and experience the wildlife and stunning landscapes he has “developed” through his lens.
https://now.ius.edu/2019/09/chancellor-ray-wallace-to-unveil-photo-exhibit-featuring-yellowstone-national-park/

Children’s book by communications student Jolisha Hines is a labor of love, memory, and hope.
That vision fuels Hines in other endeavors for positive change. She volunteers for Play Cousins Collective, an innovative nonprofit organization that works with disadvantaged families of color in Louisville to build community, combat disenfranchisement, and spread awareness of resources and services that are available to them.
https://now.ius.edu/2019/02/childrens-book-by-communications-student-jolisha-hines-is-a-labor-of-love-memory-hope/

Additionally
The Ogle Center + Theatre Arts/ Music Dept. have been working toward a variety of initiatives, objectives & goals. These are found in the following productions
• Bittersweet Hard Candy: Spring 2021
• Proof: Fall 2021
• The Nerd: Spring 2022
• Glimpses: Spring 2022
The IU Southeast Theatre Department has the following Sustainability Goals:

Self-Care/Sustainable Body – We recognize that creating a sustainable future must first start with creating a sustainable mind and body. To help students to begin their journey down this path we have committed ourselves to:
• Promoting healthy meal and snack alternatives for students in the IU Southeast Theatre Green Room.
• Taking Breaks – promoting and scheduling mindful breaks during the daily production process, in the studios + rehearsal for all technical artisans, actors, director, and stage management team. Not talking business, but actually breaking during breaks. Shedding or taking off the energy of the show by spending time getting out of character as much as getting in.

Environmental Protection – We recognize that the Theatre Arts have the tendency and reputation, of being extremely wasteful and damaging to our earth. We feel strongly that this does not need to be the case and have adopted practices aimed at reducing our harmful environmental impacts.
• Protect rainforests through stopping the use of foreign produced Luan (lumber) and instead utilizing alternative substitutes, such as Revolution Plywood (Poplar) by Patriot Timber (USA).
• Landfill Diversion- Leadership/Students … Inspire by Example/Show and Tell with experience. Various scrap wood/metals/fabrics generated by the production or installation of scenery, costumes, and props are recycled in dedicated containers. Diverting the one stop landfill process. Utilizing already existing resources in reach.
• Ongoing Energy Management - Retrofit theatre lighting with LED units whenever possible.
• Reduce – Label production supplies and materials, such as lumber before storing to reduce unnecessary waste.
• Reuse – Consider using scenery and costumes from past/previous productions before building or buying new.
• Recycle – Cradle to the grave: know when to let something go. (Keep or Weep) Maximize storage space in the production shops by safely recycling materials that are no longer of value to the shop.

Sustainable Finical Future – We recognize that the only way to create a sustainable future is by making sure that the IU Southeast Theatre has a secure sustainable finical future as well.
• Spend Budgets Locally – as a program, we are making a conscious decision to spend our production budgets in our local community first. (Pre-cycling process)
• Pre-cycling, Upcycling + Restoring scenery, lighting, costumes, and props for the present show, while fabricating permanent stock pieces for future generations.
• Salvage – Salvage production materials (wood/fabric) from materials for reuse later, and organize them for easily accessible future use. For example using screws in place of nails during wood construction, for easy deconstruction for reuse. Screw without glue when possible. Torx / Star drive 25 universal screws/ Closing the loop.
• Sustainable Design- Design to deconstruct with temperance, and/or fabricate permanent stock.
• Stock – Become familiar with your stock scenery, costumes, props, etc. Start here (pre-cycle).
• Up-cycle / Re-Imagine – We are constantly considering new ways to create scenery and costumes with new/different materials. “Think outside the box.”
These goals are shared with all representatives that participate in the theatre department.


Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

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Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:

The IUS Common Experience committee comes up with a theme each year that is a way to examine social injustice. The committee picks a book and a theme and the center has a variety of events throughout the year around it.

Past themes:
2021-2022
Theme: Common Experience is “Sharing Your Journey: The Power of a Single Story”
Uplifting Stories: True Tales to Inspire You to Take Action
Author: Ione Butler (2020)
HON-H103 read the book and they led a campus-wide discussion. Additionally, the campus hosted a series of interavtive workshops. An example: Sharing your journey: Stories from IU Southeast Alumni,

2020-2021 (Height of the Pandemic)
Theme: "Sustainability: Being Mindful and Making a Difference"
Reading: Rooted in the Earth: Reclaiming the African American Environmental Heritage
Author: Dianne D. Glave (2010)

IUS hosted Dr. Glace through Zoom. Nearly 70 faculty, staff, students, and community members, Glave elaborated on themes developed in her book, which is this year’s reading for The Common Experience under the theme, “Sustainability: Being Mindful & Making a Difference.”
https://now.ius.edu/2020/10/environmental-justice-at-the-forefront-in-the-common-experience-virtual-town-hall/
2019-2020
Theme: "Tolerance and the Struggle for Human Rights in Communities.”
Reading: The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project Ten Years Later by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Project (2014)

IUS Theatre Department adapted the Project from interviews done by the theatre company with Laramie residents, journal entries from the theater company, and news reports about the death of Matthew Shepard.
https://iushorizon.com/24412/opinions/the-laramie-project-is-a-raw-and-emotional-theatrical-take-on-a-real-life-tragedy/
Additional events hosted to cater to this theme:
IUS hosted guest speaker, Matthew Shepard’s mother Judy Shepard.

The Common Experience Movie Night for “The Laramie Project- 30 students and community members gathered in the University Center for a special viewing of the movie “The Laramie Project.” The Common Experience Office and the Adult Student Center co-hosted the event.
https://iushorizon.com/24113/news/the-laramie-project-sparks-discussion-about-tolerance-and-human-rights/
2018-2019
Theme: "Think Global, Act Local”
Reading: Where Am I Wearing?
Author: Kelsey Timmerman (2012)
Was used in H103, followed by a sustainability-focused campus-wide discussion (led by H103 students).


Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

The GREENadiers (sustainability club) offers recycling workshops to the resident halls and student organizations

Facility Operations provides ways for faculty, staff, and students can help the campus reduce energy costs on campus. This can be found under the “Department Services” tab on their website.
https://www.ius.edu/facility-operations/department-services/sustainability.html


Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
No

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

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Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
No

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

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A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data for the credit was retrieved from the following links and IUS representative

Question: Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?
Representative and/or Links
Full list of student organizations: https://grenadiercentral.ius.edu/organizations

Sustainability: Being Mindful & Making a Difference.
https://now.ius.edu/2020/10/environmental-justice-at-the-forefront-in-the-common-experience-virtual-town-hall/

The Laramie Project
https://iushorizon.com/24412/opinions/the-laramie-project-is-a-raw-and-emotional-theatrical-take-on-a-real-life-tragedy/

Common Experience Movie night- Laramie Project
https://iushorizon.com/24113/news/the-laramie-project-sparks-discussion-about-tolerance-and-human-rights/

Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience? Additional information for this question was provided by the Technical Director/Theatre

Yellow Stone National Park Exhibit
https://now.ius.edu/2019/09/chancellor-ray-wallace-to-unveil-photo-exhibit-featuring-yellowstone-national-park/
Labor of Love, Memory, and Hope
https://now.ius.edu/2019/02/childrens-book-by-communications-student-jolisha-hines-is-a-labor-of-love-memory-hope/

Sustainable Life Skills
Additional information can be found here:
Facility Operations: https://www.ius.edu/facility-operations/department-services/sustainability.html

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