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“When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.”

This month's highlights across campus

How we define diversity, equity, and inclusion

The units of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work on campus

Panoramic view of the Pentacrest in Iowa City

Our Mission

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides leadership and resources to support the University diversity, equity, and inclusion goals, as articulated in its Strategic Plan 2016-2021. The DDEI helps to coordinate the central diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts and inform all parts of campus about opportunities happening across campus. The DDEI offices also assist efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students. The offices primary goals is to enhance a welcoming, respectful and inclusive campus environment for all.

The mission of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion includes:

  • Providing leadership and resources to advance UI’s diversity, equity, and inclusion goals
  • Coordinating central diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
  • Advancing recruitment and retention of faculty, students, and staff
  • Enhancing a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive climate for all
  • Connecting with community diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts


Excellence through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Iowa’s status as a premier research university depends on the robust exchange of ideas. The diversity of our students, faculty, and staff helps us fulfill our mission to explore, discover, create, and engage. Thus, we are committed to supporting every Hawkeye’s pursuit of excellence. As we enhance the breadth and depth of our perspectives, we purposefully prepare for our future. Our ability to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for all who join the UI family will determine our collective success. We eagerly accept this challenge.

At the UI, we achieve excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion.

DEI News

Updates from the Division on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion News on campus

Upcoming Events

JB Hunt - Mock Interviews

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 8:00am to 5:00pm

This is a great opportunity to participate in a practice interview with an employer and receive valuable feedback on your interviewing skills!  Limited space available - be sure to sign-up at least 7-10 days prior to the Mock Interview. To sign up, follow these steps: 1. Create/update your resume 2. Have a Career Center Peer Advisor review your resume during walk-in hours - M-F. 10am-3pm - Pomerantz Center, 3rd floor   3. Upload your resume to Handshake - under the Documents section 4…

[CANCELED] Cancelled / Postponed Employment Is Empowering: Disability + Employment Forum

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 9:00am to 4:00pm

Employment is Empowering is a one-day training event to support people with disabilities in finding their place in the workforce. This one-of-a-kind learning experience will connect employers and service providers to resources and information to help the process of recruiting, hiring, and retaining employees with disabilities. The event honors the memory of Bill Sackter--the original proprietor of Wild Bill’s Coffee Shop and perhaps Iowa City’s most beloved historical figure with disability-…

Cancelled / Postponed Employment Is Empowering: Disability + Employment Forum

BUILD: Beyond the Numbers - Foundations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Thursday, April 9, 2020, 1:00pm to 4:00pm

The Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity initiative is an opportunity for UI faculty and staff to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. By completing a series of workshops, participants will earn a certificate demonstrating their commitment as leaders for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace and classroom.This introductory workshop will allow participants to understand the importance of diversity, equity,…

BUILD: Beyond the Numbers - Foundations for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion