The Power of One

To commemorate Indiana University’s 2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs has profiled an exclusive group of individuals who have uniquely impacted IU. Learn more about these students, faculty, and alumni who are carrying on Dr. King’s living legacy through his values of courage and compassion. Their actions demonstrate that through “The Power of One,” we can truly transform the lives of others in our communities for the better.

James E. Mumford

"I’m a purist about black music, so I insisted that it reflect who we are, what we are, and what makes us different. During my time here, I wanted to make sure it was authentic. I was a stickler for authenticity, and I wanted the students to appreciate that."

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Portia Maultsby

"I’m very proud of all of them and I’m pleased by the way my career developed at Indiana University. There are markers of success and for me—they are how the students benefited from the programs and the time invested in them, and after they left, their careers flourished."

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Joan Pong Linton

"The impact on students is very evident. Students who really gain something from service learning know that there’s knowledge beyond the textbooks."

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Julian Luna

"I wish I could see people like me in higher positions and on the faculty, which is why I’m in education and I plan on pursuing higher education."

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Mercedes Jones

"The big thing IU did for me is it taught me how to step outside my comfort zone and meet people. Going out and meeting people is the only reason that I am who I am today." 

Read about Jones' journey