Several faculty and staff organizations that promote diversity on our campus are supported by the Chief Diversity Office.
African American Council
The African American Council (AAC) strives to improve the quality of life for African American faculty, staff and students at the University of Iowa. By promoting recognition of achievement, cultural exchange, and public service, we encourage individuals to advance in their careers, build meaningful personal relationships, and address needs beyond this university.
Council on Disability Awareness
The mission of the Council on Disability Awareness is to advocate for the full development and maintenance of an attitudinal and physical environment that encourages people with disabilities to participate fully in the educational, occupational, social, and cultural life of the University of Iowa.
Council on the Status of Women
The mission of the Council on the Status of Women (CSW) is to ensure an environment that supports the right of all women at the University of Iowa. The council is committed to working in partnership with the university to develop policies that remove barriers to women’s learning, professional growth, creativity, employment, and contributions to the institution and to the broader community.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Staff & Faculty Association
The LGBSFA is open to any university employee - merit staff, professional/scientific staff, graduate assistant, faculty, administrator or community member. Meetings are held monthly and feature guest presentations as well as discussions of current topics recommended by members. In addition, the association sponsors other public activities throughout the year ranging from lectures to cultural performances and social events.
Native American Council
The mission of the Native American Council (NAC) is to promote and improve the quality of life of Native American faculty, staff, and students at the University of Iowa.
The goals of the NAC are to: address the diverse needs and concerns of Native Americans on campus; act as a voice for Native faculty, staff, and students; serve as a formalized liaison between Native staff and faculty, and students, and the greater University of Iowa communities; and support university efforts towards recruitment, retention of Native faculty, staff and graduation of students.
UI Latino Council
The Latino Council’s mission is to create a university environment that addresses the needs and concerns of Latino faculty and staff, to keep abreast of issues affecting UI Latino students and to serve as an advisory body to the university.
The Hubbard Group
The Hubbard Group was created to address the individual, institutional, and environmental concerns of African American male students, faculty and staff.
Office of Graduate Inclusion
OGI’s mission is to recruit and retain graduate students from all walks of life while encouraging academic curiosity and discovery. As a community, OGI students share responsibility; individually and collectively to achieve the goals of inclusiveness with the help of faculty and staff mentors.
The Iowa Edge
The Iowa Edge is coordinated by a coalition from UI students, faculty, and staff. Individuals from several academic programs and campus offices plan and implement The Iowa Edge, which is a personal introduction to campus for first-generation and minority college students. The program helps ensure a successful transition to university life.
Celebrating Cultural Diversity Festival
Since 1990, CCDF has given members of the University of Iowa and its surrounding communities an opportunity to learn about each other through food, games, dance, music, literature, storytelling, arts and crafts. Planning a big event like this is done with the help of faculty, staff, and students who volunteer their time either to participate on the planning committee, or volunteer on the day of the event.
Faculty and staff are welcome to participate in any of our free diversity workshops sponsored by the Chief Diversity Office.
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