Indiana University National HIV Conference

On June 8-11, 2022, Indiana University held the first national HIV conference at a major university titled "Stepping Into the 5th Decade—Evolving Our Response to HIV."

Hosted by Indiana University's Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (OVPDEI), the event brought together almost 400 conference participants; 41 workshop and poster session presenters; four keynote speakers; and three community dialogue sessions to share information and unite around the goal of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. In addition to workshops and networking opportunities, the four-day conference provided dozens of free HIV testing and resources, empowering community members with knowledge and helping keep them and others safe.

The conference reached a global audience from national researchers, pharmaceutical representatives, and educators to college students. Registered conference participants were from the United States, South Africa, and the Virgin Islands, with representation from thirty of the fifty United States. In addition, the conference impacted the state, with one hundred forty participants joining from across Indiana.

Mr. Harold Phillips, director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy
Mrs. Raniyah Copeland, former president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute
Ms. Tori Cooper, director of community engagement for the Transgender Justice Initiative – Human Rights Campaign
Dr. Michael Saag, associate dean for Global Health, director of the UAB Center for AIDS Research, and professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham
James Wimbush

Through this national conference, Indiana University has been able to provide a platform for all sectors of society to come together and respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. There are many HIV/AIDS conferences, but few focus on higher education and reach college students. As an institution of higher learning, we believe it is our responsibility to amplify a message for better HIV prevention and treatment on college campuses. Bringing together experts across disciplines inside and outside higher education to discuss this important topic is part of this mission.

James C. Wimbush, vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion, dean of the University Graduate School, and Johnson Chair for Diversity and Leadership

Community Dialogue Summary

A series of community conversations took place throughout the conference focusing on five key tracks: Research, Federal-Ending the HIV Epidemic, Community, CBO - Health Departments, Rural. The closing session, led by Ace Robinson, M.H.L., M.P.H., Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, provides a summary of discussions and next steps.

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Bruce Smail

It was amazing to see the level of dialogue and engagement amongst conference participants. The conference provided unique opportunities to network and dialogue with higher education and HIV/AIDS practitioners. Many felt the ample time for reflection and engagement was unique to this HIV conference. Overall, it was a great success.

Bruce E. Smail, director of the LGBTQ+ Culture Center, special assistant to the vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and IUNHC chair