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IUPUI chancellor to host first campus episode of WTLC’s ‘Unity in the Community’ radio show.



INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Chancellor Charles R. Bantz will host WTLC Indianapolis’ “Unity in the Community” broadcast Saturday in the first IUPUI episode of the long-running radio show.

The first of three IUPUI “Unity in the Community” episodes scheduled for 2015 will air from noon to 1 p.m. on WTLC-1310 AM with several campus administrators, along with student coordinators of this year’s IUPUI Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Dinner as special guests. Topics for discussion include education and the economy, student life and diversity, and the upcoming King dinner.

Listeners can also access the show on WTLC’s website by computer or mobile device.

“‘Unity in the Community’ is a terrific vehicle for sharing our message on the life-changing impact of education,” Bantz said. “The program’s theme embodies IUPUI’s commitment to community engagement as we work with students to build a better future.”

During Saturday’s broadcast, Black Student Union president Lashata Grayson and King dinner chair RaeVen Ridgell will discuss the 2015 dinner, which features award-winning journalist Marc Lamont Hill as keynote speaker.

Listeners who submit questions for the show’s Q&A segment will have an opportunity to win two free tickets to the dinner, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 18, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.  Listeners may submit questions during the broadcast to Vernon Williams at 317-239-1310 or

Saturday’s line-up also includes Khalilah A. Shabazz, director of the IUPUI Multicultural Center, who will discuss the center’s programs, accomplishments and upcoming projects. The IUPUI Multicultural Center supports all students, faculty and the greater Indianapolis community by promoting the value of diversity, broadening multicultural awareness and encouraging cross-cultural collaboration through education, advocacy and research.

Guests Melissa Lavitt, senior associate vice chancellor of academic affairs, and Kathy Johnson, associate vice chancellor of undergraduate education, will discuss the contribution of higher education in terms of both the overall economy and individual lifetime earnings and career mobility, and the value of service-based learning.

Karen Dace, vice chancellor of diversity, equity and inclusion, and Zeb Davenport, vice chancellor of student affairs, will discuss campus student life and diversity programs and projects, such as plans for more on-campus housing.

Dates and topics for the two other IUPUI “Unity in the Community” broadcasts will be announced at a later date.