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IU President Michael McRobbie (center R) and IU delegation meeting with South African education officials including Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande (second from bottom lest)

IU President Michael McRobbie (center R) and IU delegation meeting with South African education officials including Minister of Higher Education and Training Blade Nzimande (second from bottom lest)

AFTERNOONS WITH AMOS EXCLUSIVE: In the first visit to the African continent by an Indiana University President in over twenty years, Dr. Michael McRobbie is in the midst of a journey to South Africa, Kenya and Ghana.  From Cape Town South Africa, President McRobbie talked live with Afternoons with Amos on a variety of subjects.  President McRobbie told Amos and listeners about the importance of IU’s visit to reach projects and collaborations the university has with universities in the three nations.  Of most pride to Indiana University is their AMPATH program in Kenya.  It’s a central portion of McRobbie’s trip. AMPATH is a historical academic medial partnership in Eldoret, Kenya. It’s a consortium of North American academic health centers, led by the IU School of Medicine and the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kenya. The groundbreaking program, nominated several times for the Nobel Peace Prize is one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive programs to combat HIV/AIDS. Also during his visit, President McRobbie will visit with the Chsytal Hoiuse Academy School in South Africa, founded and run by Indianapolis businesswoman Christel DeHaan.  mcrobbieAlso in the interview, President McRobbie addressed several  Indiana University issues of great concern to the African-American community, including increasing the numbers of African-American students enrolling at IU.  McRobbie also addressed recent concerns about a new student organization on the Bloomington campus that espouses openly white supremacist views and values.  In his interview with Amos, President McRobbie condemned such groups in the strongest possible terms, while reaffirming Indiana University traditional tolerance for allowing different views on the campus. But McRobbie stressed that those who violate University policies will be dealt with.  Following up President McRobbie’s interview was new Indiana University Vice-President for Diversity, Equity and Multiculturalism James Wimbush.  wimbushSpeaking candidly with Amos and the community Wimbush explained IU’s policy concerning student run organizations.  They can exist but the University doesn’t sanction or endorse them.  Wimbush explained the IU’s very strong policies against harassment and hate speech.  Wimbush also talked at length with Amos and listeners about how IU plans to move forward with increasing its diversity from minority students from America.  How IU plans to improve its outreach to African-American prospective students and their parents and grandparents and the community at large.  Click the Arrow to Hear Amos’ Exclusive Interview with IU President Michael McRobbie and IU Vice-President James Wimbush. Runs 54 Minutes ©2013 WTLC/Radio One.

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