- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2019)
Anita J. Harden is a longtime advocate for, volunteer at, and leader of IUPUI and the community, with a reputation for building collaborative partnerships and creating enduring programs.
During her time as interim director of the Madame Walker Legacy Center, IUPUI and the center have entered into a strategic partnership that secured a multimillion dollar gift to restore the historic landmark and create new programming. Harden serves as the chair of the Indiana University School of Nursing's Board of Advisors, holds an adjunct associate professorship appointment, and was named one of the top 100 Alumni Legacy Leaders in 2014. She has over 35 years of experience with Community Health Network.
Harden received her BS from the School of Nursing at IUPUI, her MS at IU Northwest, and her MBA from the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. The Office of Community Engagement is thrilled to honor Anita J. Harden for her philanthropic spirit.