Gift Pledge

A Legacy of Community Engagement Support

As chancellor of IU Indianapolis, Charles Bantz firmly believed in the power of community-engaged research and university–community partnerships to make a lasting impact on our area.

The Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship award ensures his legacy lives on by providing funding for community-engaged scholars each year. The importance of community-engaged translational work is core to the schools of IU Indianapolis. The awards are granted annually for up to one of each of the following: an IU Indianapolis faculty member, IU Indianapolis student, and/or leader of a community organization working to address a challenge, opportunity, or problem confonting a local, not-for-profit organization in Indianapolis.  Recipients are supported in the translating of their work with community partners, thus positively impacting people’s lives. The award are supported by gifts and the campus. 

For more information or to apply to be a community fellow or scholar, please apply by visitng the Academic Affairs page here.

The IU Indianapolis Center for TRIP was started in 2003. Learn more about the early years of the center.  

In 2013, the Bantz-Petronio Translating Research Into Practice Faculty Award (the “TRIP Award”) was established with a gift from Chancellor Emeritus Charles Bantz and Professor Emerita Sandra Petronio. It is intended to recognize outstanding work in translating research into practice by a faculty member at IUPUI. The recipient receives a cash award of $1,000.

In 2015, IU Indianapolis established the Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship in recognition of the leadership and contributions of Charles R. Bantz to the IUPUI campus and Indianapolis community. This grant initiative reflects Bantz’s dedication to research that embraces community-driven goals, creates university-community partnerships, and results in community impact. The Bantz Community Fellowship is intended to support/advance an established community engaged researcher to advance the project to the next level.​​ The award amount is $40,000. 

Stephan Viehweg

Associate Director, IUI Center for TRIP

Stephan Viehweg is the Associate Director of the Indiana LEND at the IU School of Medicine. He currently serves as the CDC’s Learn the Signs. Act Early. Ambassador to Indiana. He is founding chair of Infancy Onward (Indiana’s association for infant mental health), founding president of Family Voices Indiana and now President of Indiana Family to Family, Treasurer of Mental Health America of Indiana, and serves as Governor appointment to the Indiana Behavioral Health Professions Licensing Board.

Nouri McLucas

Program Coordinator, IUI Center for TRIP

Nouri McLucas is responsible for providing administrative support, communicating information through multiple media platforms, assisting with research partner collaborations and fundraising efforts, and managing center projects. She ensures that all center plans are executed properly and run smoothly and are within budget.