Summary of Sisters Safety Resources Session

In attendance:

  • Beverly Calender-Anderson – Director of the Community and Family Resources Department of the City of Bloomington
  • Pam Gladish – Sargeant with the Bloomington Police Department
  • Laury Flint – Chief of Indiana University Police Department
  • Tracy James – Assurance Communications Manager and Public Safety and Institutional Assurance with the Office of the Executive Vice President for University Academic Affairs
  • Melanie Castillo-Cullather – Director of the Indiana University Asian Culture Center

Resources (City of Bloomington):

  • Bloomington Human Rights Commission - The Human Rights Commission is designed to enforce Bloomington’s Human Rights Ordinance in a fair and timely manner, to educate community members about their rights and responsibilities under various civil rights laws, and to raise awareness on all human rights issues, among other duties. You may report discrimination complaints (https://bloomington.in.gov/documents/viewDocument.php?document_id=1477) or hate incidents (https://bloomington.in.gov/documents/viewDocument.php?document_id=9390) to the BHRC at any time.
  • Beverly Calender-Anderson (title above) (andersb@bloomington.in.gov) and Rafi Hasan (safeandcivil@bloomington.in.gov), the director of the Safe and Civil City program, are both available and willing to receive questions or concerns at any time.
  • Any emergency situation may be reported by calling 911 (which will be routed to the Bloomington Police or the IU Police depending on your location and the situation). Do not hesitate to call if you feel unsafe – you will NOT be in trouble for calling.
  • Any non-emergency situation may be reported to the Bloomington Police by calling the Bloomington Police administrative line at (812) 339-4477.

Resources (IU):

  • Bias Incident Reporting - Any act of discrimination or harassment based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability may be reported by calling (812) 855-8188, emailing incident@indiana.edu, or submitting a report online at biasincident.indiana.edu.
  • Carol McCord, the IU Associate Dean of Students, is in charge of the Bias Incident Reporting system (along with her team), and she is happy to talk with anyone that needs support.
  • Any emergency situation may be reported by calling 911 (which will be routed to the Bloomington Police or the IU Police depending on your location and the situation). Do not hesitate to call if you feel unsafe – you will NOT be in trouble for calling.
  • If you find yourself in an emergency situation on IU campus and near a blue light tower, pressing the button will call the IU Police. If you feel unsafe, please use these safety phones – you will NOT be in trouble for calling.
  • Any non-emergency situation may be reported to the IU Police by calling the IU Police administrative line at (812) 855-4111.
Additional Information:
  • You may report an incident anonymously. You may report an incident for a friend. Sister Anna Maidi is happy to report incidents for any sister who would like to do so but feels uncomfortable doing so herself.
  • It is important to report incidents like this because (even if the perpetrator of the incident cannot be caught/stopped) it creates a paper record of anti-Muslim bias and hate incidents in Bloomington and on IU’s Campus. The more accurate this record is, the more able the City and IU are to support us and uphold our rights as residents of Bloomington and students of Indiana University.
  • You will NOT get in trouble for calling 911. Please call if you feel unsafe.
Please contact Sister Anna Maidi with any questions.