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The NCREI at Martin will be a nationally recognized, catalytic organization that will help develop sustainable strategies and practices that address racial inequity, creating more inclusive and affirming environments. This will be achieved through five focused areas: Leveraging Legacy, Propel People and Strengthen Families, Spark Listening, Learning and Leadership, Advance Institutional and Organizational Effectiveness and Embody Presence, Partnerships and Perseverance.

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Continuing a “Bona-Fide” Legacy 

Founded in December 1969, the Martin Center began with the explicit mission to promote interracial understanding through a method that Father Bonafice Hardin termed “ethnotherapy.” The goal of ethnotherapy was to open the minds and hearts of both Black and white Americans to the ways in which they were engaging in oppression and intolerance. Father Hardin was joined shortly after the founding by Sister Jane Schilling, whose exit from Holy Angels convent had been demanded by other sisters who resented her involvement with the Martin Center.  

In 1977, Father Boniface Hardin and Sister Jane Schilling founded Martin Center College to offer opportunities for disenfranchised persons to change their destinies through education. The college became a separate entity from the Martin Center in 1979 and became Martin University in 1989. And since its founding, the University has been recognized as Indiana’s only Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) of higher education and continues to serve low-income, minority- and adult students. Revolutionaries they were. Paving a way for us all and blazing the trail for Martin students, faculty, staff, alumnus, and the Greater Indianapolis Community at-large. 

However, while communities, businesses, institutions, and organizations continue to become increasingly more diverse and inclusive, inequities remain persistent for those who have been historically disenfranchised socially, educationally, and economically. The aforementioned inequities prove that Rev. Fr. Hardin’s goal of opening the minds and hearts of both black and white Americans has yet to be fulfilled. Therefore, in the name of Fr. Hardin and Sr. Schilling, there has never been a more relevant and important time for Martin University to assist leaders and organizations in their efforts to strengthen diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

What we know for sure is that people strive to become more inclusive and equity-minded but remain uncertain about how to convert their intentions into action. The National Center for Racial Equity and Inclusion at Martin University (NCREI@Martin) can help develop sustainable strategies and practices that address racial inequity, creating more inclusive and affirming environments for all. Sean Huddleston said “Systems and structures that have deeply embedded racism, inequity, and exclusion are costly and weaken our society. Therefore, we must find effective ways to uplift all populations and pay close attention to those whose needs and identities are often marginalized or ignored.” Without a doubt, the NCREI@Martin aims .

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1. “Walking among all the people: The struggles of Bonafice Hardin as Priest, Social Activist and Founder of Martin University” by Nancy Van Note Chism and Andrea Walton.

2. Martin Center brochure, as quoted in Louisville Record, October 1, 1970. “Relevant’ church can effect changes” by Al McCreary. 

HISTORICAL OVERVIEW and INTRODUCTION 

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ETHNOTHERAPY

The goal of ethnotherapy was to open the minds and hearts of both Black and white Americans to the ways in which they were engaging in oppression and intolerance.

Father Boniface Hardin

 
 
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CONCEPTUAL OVERVIEW 

The NCREI@Martin shall be a nationally acclaimed, catalytic organization invested in fostering racial equity and inclusive excellence through five focus including:

1). Leveraging legacy 

2). Propelling people and strengthening families

3). Sparking listening, learning, and leading 

4). Advancing institutional and organizational effectiveness

5). Embodying presence, partnerships and perseverance 

 
 

Leverage Legacy 

a) Inclusive Excellence Practice:


Without infrastructure, strategic partnerships, and grants and sponsorships; sustainability efforts will have fits and starts. Firm footing and sustainability on the local, state, and national levels, with a significant national voice in the work with codify and replicate best practices in DEI as well as help to build and grow new knowledge.




b) Racial Equity Practice:


Alignment with local community grassroot advocates, leaders, cultural griots and nationally nationally-recognized scholars and subject matter experts on race, racism, equity, and inclusion continue will allow sustained friend-raising, fund-raising, and grantsmaking.





Outreach, Engagement, Collective Impact 

 

Propel People and

Strengthen Families  

Access, Opportunity, Health Outcomes, Economic Justice and Wealth Creation 

a) Inclusive Excellence Practice:


With a holistic focus, strong communities are the made up of people and families that have access and opportunity to all things that offer a greater quality of life. WE WILL have centralized attention to enhance policies and practices that promote healthy behaviors and choices, reduce poverty mindsets, drive economic growth, and promote future and legacy building.




b) Racial Equity Practice:


By having a laser focus on access and opportunity, WE WILL impact and uplift minoritized communities through enhanced health outcomes (i.e. public health, reducing racial health disparities, and dietary/nutrition) and economic justice and wealth creation (i.e., home ownership, financial literacy, hot jobs, and impacting industry disparities)





 

a) Inclusive Excellence Practice:


Based on passionately listening to the cultural relevant leadership competency needs of our corporate, governmental, non-profit, religious, education clients juxtaposed promising practices and initial evaluations and assessments, WE WILL develop, deliver, and evaluate educational and professional leadership development and training opportunities that will grow equity-minded, culturally-competent, culturally responsive leaders, hiring authorities, and executives




b) Racial Equity Practice:


By focusing on higher educational attainment and future-proofing the workforce, WE WILL race ahead to fill higher education pipelines with diverse top talent especially in those fields that have been historically exclusionary.





Education, Training, and Professional Development 

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Spark Listening, Learning,

and Leading  

 

a) Inclusive Excellence Practice:


Addressing organizational, institutional, and community needs via community building, programming, and nationally recognize events





Disrupt and Dismantle Systemic Racism and Historical and Contemporary Exclusion 

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Advance Institutional and

Organizational Effectiveness  

 

a) Inclusive Excellence Practice:


Without infrastructure, strategic partnerships, and grants and sponsorships; sustainability efforts will have fits and starts. Firm footing and sustainability on the local, state, and national levels, with a significant national voice in the work with codify and replicate best practices in DEI as well as help to build and grow new knowledge.




b) Racial Equity Practice:


Alignment with local community grassroot advocates, leaders, cultural griots and nationally nationally-recognized scholars and subject matter experts on race, racism, equity, and inclusion continue will allow sustained friend-raising, fund-raising, and grantsmaking.





Fueling Sustainability, Strategic Partnerships, and Waymaking 

Embody Presence, Partnerships,

and Perseverance   

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT 

Shape Culture | Engage | Lead Change 

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Always consider others as more worthy and more worthy than you; at the same time strive to be as holy as you can be.  

- St. Martin de Porres 

The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood. 

- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Systems and structures that have deeply embedded racism, inequity, and exclusion are costly and weaken our society. Therefore, we must find effective ways to uplift all populations and pay close attention to those whose needs and identities are often marginalized or ignored. 

- Dr. Sean Huddleston 

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