Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis


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Meet the Staff of the Martindale Brightwood Alliance for Educational Success

Nicole Oglesby
Director of Diverse Community Partnerships

Nicole Y. Oglesby, M. A. currently serves as Director of Diverse Community Partnerships at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). This position is shared between the Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) and the Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). She is responsible for community engagement and partnerships that support adult degree completion and lifelong learning opportunities for those communities that have been historically and traditionally underserved. Since October 2010, she has directed the Martindale Brightwood Alliance for Educational Success (MBAES), a two and a half million dollar federal grant initiative organizing the resources of the university and the community around student success at three elementary schools within the Indianapolis Public School district. Within her portfolio is also the IUPUI DCS, Adult Learning Centers which are school and community based sites focused on increasing accessibility to post-secondary learning opportunities with three current locations at IPS School 56, IPS School 69 and Arlington Community High School.

With over 15 years of professional experience in Higher Education, her professional background includes multicultural affairs, student affairs, community outreach, student services, campus programming, pre-college programs, and diversity training. For a number of years, Nicole served as advisor of the IUPUI Black Student Union, which annually hosts the citywide Martin Luther King, Jr Dinner for over 40 years. In addition, she has served on the advisory council for several other minority scholarship programs including the Norman Brown Diversity and Leadership Scholars Programs. She is one of the founding organizers of the IUPUI Black Faculty and Staff Council’s Celebration of Black Graduates. She is a graduate of Hanover College (Hanover, IN) where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Southeast Missouri State University ( Cape Girardeau, MO).

Nicole currently serves on the TRUST Board for the Indianapolis Housing Authority and enjoys volunteering and serving in the community. She is also a mother of three handsome sons and in her spare time loves to read and bake.

Mary Studley
Full Service Community School Coordinator

Mary works full time serving the needs of some of Indianapolis’ most vulnerable children as a Full Service Community School Coordinator for IUPUI Division of Continuing Studies. She develops a wide range of programs and partnerships to serve children and their families through the school. Community School work has it roots in the settlement houses like Jane Adams’ Hull House and John Dewey’s efforts to integrate essential services in the schools. Mary is an experienced journalist. For 16 years she was the Midwest Photo Editor for Time Magazine where she was responsible for managing assignments in fifteen states for hundreds of photographers. Mary has coordinated coverages that ranged from the crisis in foster care in Chicago to farm foreclosures in Iowa and presidential campaigns. She has also edited books and freelance projects for Encyclopedia Britannica including Art Shay’s Nelson Algren’s Chicago (University of Illinois, 1988). She is one of the founders of a unique awareness campaign; It is a nonprofit organization of photojournalists committed to social justice in the United States. Its’ mission is to use the unique power of visual story telling to raise awareness about poverty, dispel inaccurate stereotypes about poor people and encourage action on their behalf. She holds several board positions, is highly trained in meeting design and facilitation and coaches on those skills. She is also an avid volunteer that supports cancer research through nonprofit work.