Enhancing Minority Attainment

Julian Bond signs autograph for Dara Johnson at Enhancing Minority Attainment Conference

Julian Bond, former Board Chairman of the NAACP and founding member of SNCC, signs an autograph for Dara Johnson, 1992

Beginning in 1991, Indiana University Kokomo hosted the Enhancing Minority Attainment Conference, bringing together educators, community leaders, activists, artists, and others to share ideas and promote achievement and opportunity for minorities in the United States.

Group poses in Art Gallery for Tuskegee Airmen: Photographic Exhibit event

Tuskegee Airmen: Photographic Exhibit event, 1998

"IUK's in-depth, hands-on working conference is an attempt not only to call attention to the inherent barriers minorities face in higher education, but to learn how to break down those barriers. We expect that during this conference, educators from predominantly white area institutions will learn from the successfully proven programs established by our speakers, and from the presentations by a representative sampling of minority students.

This conference was born from the observations that many conference focusing on minority attainment simply state the problems and offer no solutions, and many panelists have themselves never personally encountered the problems minorities in higher education edure.

This conference promises to provide a forum for educators and administrators to more effectively address the academic, social, and cultural needs of minority students."

- Purpose, first annual Enhancing Minority Attainment conference

Notable black speakers and workshop leaders included Shirley Chisholm, Julian Bond, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Benjamin L. Hooks, Manning Marable, Attallah Shabazz, Nikki Giovanni, Kweisi Mfume, Bruce Hare, and many more. 

Shirley Chisholm poses with members of the IU Kokomo community

Shirley Chisholm with members of the Indiana University and Indiana University Kokomo community, 1993

Kweisi Mfume and Charlie Nelms at Enhancing Minority Attainment Conference

Kweisi Mfume and Charlie Nelms, 1999