School of Informatics and Computing
Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce

The Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW) is a workforce development initiative with the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI in collaboration with the Indiana Community, Business Partners, and High Schools.

Advisory Council

  • Alvin Givens
    VP, JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Chair)
  • Nicole Bell
    Diversity & Community Relations Lead, Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC
  • Vicki Daugherty
    iDEW Program Manager (ex officio)
  • Miriam Acevedo Davis
    President & CEO, La Plaza
  • Laura Dodds
    Executive Director, Techpoint Foundation for Youth
  • Angela Carr Klitzsch
    President and CEO, EmployIndy
  • Terry J. Morris
    Director, Information Technology Medicines Development Unit, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Kim S. Nguyen, Ed.D.
    Director of Operations, Urban Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (UCASE) & Louis Stokes Midwest Center of Excellence
  • Mathew Palakal
    Executive Associate Dean, SoIC at IUPUI
  • Jane Richardson
    IT Strategy and Optimization Leader, Cummins, Inc.
  • Ashley Vukovits
    CFO, Sr. VP of Administration, Interactive Intelligence
  • Stacy Zearing
    Director of Development, SoIC at IUPUI (ex officio)


  • Indiana Department of Workforce Development
  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.
  • Herbert Simon Family Foundation
  • Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
  • AT&T Foundation
  • Care Institute Group, Inc.
  • The Cummins Foundation
  • SalesForce
  • Interactive Intelligence Foundation
  • Nicholas H. Noyes, Jr. Memorial Foundation
  • RB Annis Educational Foundation
  • IU Foundation Women's Philanthropy Leadership Council
  • Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, LLC
  • Old National Bank
  • Arsenal Technical High School
  • Providence Cristo Rey College Preparatory School
  • Pike High School
  • EmployIndy
  • Girls Inc.
  • TechPoint Foundation for Youth
  • Shepherd Community Center
  • IndyGo


The iDEW program has ventured into new territory, collaborating with the Computing and Informatics department at Ivy Tech Community College to offer IT certifications for program participants. Ten iDEW students are participating in two, eight week courses at Ivy Tech to earn certifications in CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+ this summer.

Pike students programming Ozobots

Pike High School students had the opportunity to program and play with miniature robots, Ozobots, while visiting the School of Informatics and Computing. The tiny robot has a photo sensor that recognizes colors, patterns, codes, and lights.

Student demostrating their game

Thirty-five iDEW teams from five classes took over the Pike High School Media Center at the iDEW semester-end showcase. Students from a first semester class demonstrate their mobile trivia app to Rene Becker-Blau, executive director of IndianaFIRST.

Project poster

At the end of the semester, students from Arsenal Technical High School submitted notes of thanks to the iDEW team. The following gets to the intention of the program:
"I want to thank you guys for all the help you gave us in seeing our imaginations be put to display on the screen. I had never been into computers or programming but I thought I might get into this class because some of my friends are in it and I realized I really like it. I like it so much that I do it outside of school and work on my own projects. So thank you for inspiring me to get out of my comfort zone and to help find a passion I will have for the rest of my years."

Bill Russell

Bill Russell, chief information security officer at Cummins Inc., addresses students at Arsenal Technical High School as part of a visiting cyber security team. Other Cummins staffers included Jacqueline Holmes, cyber security leader in health and benefits, Javan Austin-a former Cummins college intern, and Reuben Pero, a graduate of Arsenal Technical High School.

Providence Cristo Rey explain their app

Students at Providence Cristo Rey High School explain their mobile app to one of the competition jurors.

Providence Cristo Rey students celebrate

Students at Providence Cristo Rey celebrate before showing off their mobile trivia apps to school administration, families and community members.

Mathew Palakal with students

Dean Palakal talks with students about their trivia apps at Providence Cristo Rey High School.

Students present their game

Second year iDEW students presented their video game, 'The Forest of Mortem' at the semester-end celebration at Arsenal Technical High School.

Executives from Indiana Workforce Development play a trivia app

Executives from Indiana Workforce Development play the 'True or False' trivia app created by freshmen at Arsenal Technical High School.

Terry Morris with students

iDEW Advisory Council member, Terry Morris, reviews the mobile trivia app project of Arsenal Technical High School Students on team Harambe. Students from Mrs. Reagin's first and second year iDEW classes presented their posters and mobile apps and video games on December 9 to IPS staff and members of the community.

Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips of The Basement provides feedback to iDEW teams eager to share their work before upcoming semester-end presentations.

Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips, founder and creative director of The Basement, talks to iDEW students about his interest in animation as well as his work as an entrepreneur.

Pike HS students

Students from the third semester iDEW class at Pike High School animate an asset in a game environment using the Unreal 4 Engine in a lab at the School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.

Latest News

Indiana Workforce Development awards $400K to iDEW program Indiana Workforce Development awards $400K to iDEW program
The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI received a $405,495 Skill Up Indiana grant from Indiana Workforce Development to support its Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW) program.

Interactive Intelligence Foundation Logo Interactive Intelligence Foundation supports iDEW summer program with $25,000 grant
The Interactive Intelligence Foundation, a not-for-profit charitable corporation that fosters life improvements for at-risk youth, has awarded a $25,000 grant to support the Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW) 2016 summer program.

Nina Mason PUlliam Charitable Trust Logo School of Informatics and Computing receives $120K grant from Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust
The IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI has received a grant totaling $120,000 from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. The grant will help fund Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce, an innovative, year-round, dual-credit multifaceted information technology program that will benefit approximately 180 students for their four-year career at Arsenal Technical, Pike or Providence Cristo Rey high school in Indianapolis.

Jim Lyst with a Pike High School student IUPUI pilot program teaches high school students to code
Some high school students in Indianapolis are getting a major head start, with some skills that could help them land a high paying job.

Cummins Sign Cummins Foundation joins other industry partners and IUPUI to support iDEW program for IPS high school students
The IU School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) announced today Cummins Inc. is donating funding and encouraging its employees to contribute their time and talents to the Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce initiative, or iDEW.

Informatics and Computing Faculty Working with IPS Students IUPUI and JPMorgan Chase Launch IT Workforce Development Program
The IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, in collaboration with JPMorgan Chase, will launch a workforce development project called iDEW — Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce initiative — with an event April 28 at the Chase Tower in downtown Indianapolis.

The Mission

The Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce (iDEW) initiative addresses local and national IT/informatics workforce needs through community partnerships, attracting diverse high school students to informatics subjects with interesting, innovative and engaging programs, mentorship support, and development of skills and knowledge, providing a successful and diverse workforce that can power the digital economy.

The iDEW initiative will introduce computing concepts through real- world problems and solving those problems using Informatics solutions that are exciting and hands-on.

What can iDEW?

How can I get Involved?

To get involved, contact Vicki Daugherty at or 317-278-4123.