Living & Working in Bloomington

A community you can call home

Professionally, Indiana University is a great place to stretch, collaborate, and find support for your research. Bloomington also happens to be a great place to live. A vibrant college town, it has a thriving arts and entertainment scene, a thoughtful, engaged local community, beautiful scenery, and a wealth of resources for families. 

Learn about the ways IU will help you build a life here.

Dionne Cross Francis, Associate Professor, School of Education.

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Having left Jamaica, I was looking for a professional community that was caring and nurturing,
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where I would thrive professionally.
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I was also looking for one that would highly value both teaching and research.
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And hopefully, that would be situated within a region that was warm all year round.
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Well I had to let go of criterion three,
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but instead, I gained tremendously in being able to be situated within a community
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of excellent educators, and also highly-productive scholars who were at the tops of their fields.
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So if you're looking for a community
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where you will thrive both personally and professionally,
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with colleagues who will revel in your success as much as they do their own.
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I would say: join us at the IU School of Education.
Patrice Tankam, Assistant Professor, IU School of Optometry.

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Indiana University Bloomington is a great community.
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There's a lot of things to do for everyone,
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making Bloomington a great opportunity to raise a family.
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At IU, I share most of my time between teaching and doing research.
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My research is highly cross-disciplinary.
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In my lab, we develop new optical technology
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to enable new investigation in the biological research field.
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We constantly step out of our comfort research zone
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to identify new needs.
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This is a great learning opportunity to everyone working in my lab.
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So when I'm not doing that, I enjoy doing gardening and eating dinner with my family.
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So if you are looking for a place to go
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that is supportive, where you have the opportunity to grow as a scholar,
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and where you are valued as an individual,
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IU is the way to go.
John Nieto-Phillips, Associate Professor, Department of History, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Vice President for Academic Support and Diversity, Chief Diversity Officer for Indiana University Bloomington, and Associate Professor for Latino Studies.

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Being from Los Angeles, people often ask me:
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"John why did you choose Indiana University?"
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And I tell them: because it's a world-class research institution
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with a great Latino Studies program.
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and then they asked me: "why have you been here for 15 years?"
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and I tell them I found a phenomenal community of scholars
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working on race and ethnicity.
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There's an increasingly diverse student population
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that's eager to learn about Latino history.
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And I found a sense of belonging right here
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at La Casa Latino Culture Center.
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La casa es mi casa!
Sonia Song-Ha Lee, Associate Professor of American Studies, the Latino Studies Program, and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of American Studies.

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One of the many reasons why I love IU is that we have an amazing library collection.
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Look, when I'm ready to read and write my book on Mondays and Fridays,
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I know that I'm gonna get a lot of work done that day because most of the books
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that I need to read can be found right here at the Wells Library.
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I love being a part of a huge network of scholars and librarians
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who are committed to maintaining cutting-edge literature
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of all kinds of fields right here on our campus.
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Another reason why I love IU is that a significant portion of our
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student population comes from a working-class background, which means
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that various discussions that I have in my classes such as
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xenophobia, white supremacy, and capitalism are extremely relevant
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to the lives of the individuals right in my classroom.
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And this gives me a very palpable sense that
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my teaching matters, my ideas matter,
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and that I am a part of the process of creating the common good.