January Update 2021

Dear Friends of OIA,

The beginning of a semester is an exciting time and one full of optimism. Today, may we not temper our hope with the realities of an ongoing pandemic, the struggle to dismantle systemic racism, and recent events at the highest levels of our government.

Let us be grateful that we have witnessed, alongside the world, a peaceful transfer of the U.S. Presidency. Yesterday, Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman moved us with her powerful words. “We are striving to forge our union with purpose. To compose a country committed to all cultures, colors, characters and conditions of man."

President Biden has already rescinded the Muslim travel ban, fortified DACA, and rejoined the Paris Agreement. We are expecting that his administration, like IUPUI, will be globally facing, inclusive, and welcoming to people from all over the world.

We come from all over the world. We have different backgrounds and perspectives. We are all part of an IUPUI community. E pluribus unum. We are one. We are many.

To all our new students and scholars, we are delighted that you are part of the many, and now part of the one. We warmly welcome you to IUPUI.

We are so proud of our global and inclusive Jaguar community. I wish you hope and optimism for the new year and beyond.

Global. Local. Better Together.

All best,





Hilary E. Kahn

Associate Vice Chancellor for International Affairs, IUPUI
Associate Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University