COMU uses committees made up of students, staff, and faculty to:
- Enhance the campus climate through education and increased communication on issues of oppression
- Gather information and encourage activities that increase awareness and understanding of racism and other forms of oppression
- Promote greater communication on campus among all persons, regardless of race, age, religion, ability, gender, sexual orientation, or socio-economic status
COMU traces its roots to 1982, when the IU Dean of students formed the Committee on Racial Understanding. In 1985, recognizing the value of involvement in campus-wide initiatives, the name was changed to the Commission on Racial Understanding (CORU). The next name change to the Commission on Multicultural Understanding (COMU) occurred in 1990 to reflect the group’s work on broader issues related to mutual respect and sensitivity among people from different racial groups and cultural backgrounds.
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