Lemuel Watson

Kinsey Institute IU Bloomington

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Areas of Expertise

Education and policy, minority student retention, minority student experience, racial environments and educational outcomes, LGBTQ youth.

Expert Bio

Lemuel W. Watson is associate vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, and senior scientist at the Kinsey Institute, both at Indiana University. Throughout his career, Watson has emphasized the need to value diversity as a means of understanding our world and for enhancing our understanding of ourselves.

In his role as associate vice president, Watson coordinates, manages and supports efforts related to the office’s anti-racist agenda for all IU campuses. He assists with and provides strategic direction for supporting a university culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion; supports IU leadership in developing a framework for transformative actions that help eliminate inequalities across the university; and helps coordinate assessment, program reviews, research and audits related to the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Multicultural Affairs' initiatives across IU’s campuses.

As senior scientist at the Kinsey Institute, he helps oversee Kinsey’s efforts to generate collaborative education, research and fundraising related to LGBTQ+ lives and topics. This includes research on LGBTQ+ youth mental health as part of the partnership between Kinsey and the Trevor Project, the world's most significant suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth.

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Additional Information

"Lemuel W. Watson appointed to lead new anti-racist initiatives at Indiana University": https://news.iu.edu/stories/2020/06/iu/releases/30-lemuel-watson-to-lead-anti-racist-initiatives.html

"Provost Professor Dr. Lemuel Watson Joins Kinsey Institute Faculty": https://blogs.iu.edu/kinseyinstitute/2020/07/30/provost-professor-dr-lemuel-watson-joins-kinsey-institute-faculty/

"Kinsey Institute and The Trevor Project establish new research partnership on LGBTQ mental health": https://news.iu.edu/stories/2020/06/iub/releases/10-kinsey-institute-trevor-project-partnership-lgbtq-youth-mental-health.html

Updated on: August 26, 2020