Domestic violence survivor and author, Erika Gilchrist, to speak at diversity and inclusion event

BLOOMINGTON – Erika Gilchrist, award-winning motivational speaker and author, will give the keynote address at Ivy Tech’s Diversity Speaker Series event, “Domestic Violence: from Surviving to Thriving,” on Thursday, April 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in Shreve Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Gilchrist, who creates a platform for women to share their domestic survival stories, will hear from panelists about their own survival experiences. An on-scene advocate will be present during the event to offer aid and information as needed.

Assaulted as a little girl, sleeping in a van as a young adult, and living in a women’s shelter, Gilchrist has earned the title of “The Unstoppable Woman.” As a published author of 11 books, she provides compelling, solutions-based content to empower women. She built her business from next to nothing to a successful practice, reaching more than 250,000 women in just five years. Gilchrist has mastered the art of turning hardship and adversity into a launching pad to professional growth.

“Domestic Violence: from Surviving to Thriving” is hosted by Ivy Tech’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee. More information at

Ivy Tech is located on the west side of Bloomington at 200 Daniels Way.

Ivy Tech Student Production, Jekyll and Hyde, opens April 12

BLOOMINGTON – Tickets are now available for Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington’s student production of Nicholas Briggs’ “Jekyll and Hyde,” a stage adaptation of Robert Louis Stephenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

Briggs’ production was first presented at the Theatre Royal Nottingham on August 1, 2015. The Ivy Tech production marks its United States premiere following a successful regional tour of the United Kingdom. In his adaptation, playwright, Nicholas Briggs, the voice of the Daleks and Cybermen in “Doctor Who,” explores the dark story of Dr. Jekyll, who seeks to prove there is good and evil in every person. In doing so, Jekyll’s experiments, while proving to be true, unveil his evil alter ego, Mr. Hyde.

Ivy Tech’s Student Production of Jekyll and Hyde concludes a season in which producer Paul Daily, artistic director at Ivy Tech Waldron, sought to explore the eternal question of evil with a wide range of approaches. “This production ends the season on a note of warning,” Daily said. “We may think we have control when playing with evil, when in reality it controls us.”

“Jekyll and Hyde” runs April 12-20, 2019. Student and Senior tickets are $5. Adult tickets are $15. Tickets can be purchased at the Buskirk Chumley box office at 114 E. Kirkwood Avenue, or by visiting