We, the committee members charged with the search for a new University of Iowa Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, are deeply troubled by the ongoing injustices occurring against Black people and others with marginalized identities. In particular, the recent murders of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery and countless others before them like Sandra Bland, Breonna Taylor, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and Philando Castile. We know that Black people often are not free to go about their daily lives without unwarranted suspicion, persecution, or loss of life. Black lives are often destroyed at the hands of police charged with serving and protecting and as we see in the case of Amy Cooper, Black lives are often challenged when white privilege is weaponized.
We recognize the frustration and the distress of those affected by the deeply rooted and on-going racism and inequities in the United States and we share in that frustration and distress. We also recognize the strong advocacy of students, staff, faculty, and community members who are engaging in peaceful protests and other acts of support. We all are called to action. We all must do our part to achieve change and end racism in our society. We all must do our part to ensure Black people and other members of marginalized groups feel at home and are safe on our campus, in their neighborhoods, and when going about their daily lives. As such, we are recommitting to our efforts to find an Associate Vice President who will lead us forward as an institution and guide us in impactful diversity, equity, and inclusion actions. We take our charge seriously, and we collectively strive to find a leader who will help us create an anti-racist campus and community. Together, we can make a difference.
Russ Ganim (co-chair), associate provost and dean of International Programs
Nadine Petty (co-chair), executive director, Center for Diversity and Enrichment
Moala Bannavti, Graduate and Professional Student Government
Nicole Del Castillo, director, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Carver College of Medicine
Em Domingues, Staff Council and senior application developer, ITS
Steven Edwards, assistant director, Diversity Resources
Eddie Etsey, director, UI Athletics Information Technology
Paul Gilbert, assistant professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health, College of Public Health
Ruth Kahssai, UI Student Government
Liz Lara, director of diversity, equity, and inclusion, Graduate College
Katie Newcomb, assistant director, Center for Diversity and Enrichment
Jason Rantanen, professor, College of Law
Angie Reams, associate vice president and dean of students, Division of Student Life
Tiffini Stevenson Earl, associate director and ADA coordinator, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Barry Thomas, interim senior associate dean, professor of economics, College of Business
Maggy Tomova, associate dean and professor of mathematics, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Teresa Treat, faculty senate, professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Tanya Uden-Holman, associate provost for undergraduate education, Dean of University College
Jan Waterhouse, senior human resources director, Human Resource Policy, Communication and Compliance
The search is now open for a leader in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of Iowa!
The University of Iowa (UI), a comprehensive research-intensive university, seeks an Associate Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (AVP-DEI) to lead the implementation of a 21st century vision for excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion at the university. Reporting to the Provost and serving as a member of the President’s cabinet, the AVP-DEI will be responsible for stewarding the campus-wide paradigm shift from narrowly defined compositional diversity to a holistic vision of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and operationalizing the university’s 2019-2021 Excellence through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan, a cohesive strategy to integrate and advance this critical work structurally across the University of Iowa.
A little about the position
The AVP-DEI will join the institution at an important inflection point. Under the leadership of President Bruce Harreld, the university has made significant institutional investment in DEI and seeks to prioritize several related initiatives in its forthcoming strategic plan. The AVP-DEI will help support this effort by providing strong operational expertise; facilitation and coordination skills; and a strong intellectual sense of how to prioritize and coalesce diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts for meaningful impact. The ideal candidate will be an individual who is deeply engaged in thinking about diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education and society at-large and who will bring innovative, creative thinking and a dedication to the needs of the community. As a transformational, results-oriented leader, the AVP-DEI will oversee the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI); drive progress in achieving DEI strategic goals; and serve as a connector between academic unit heads and faculty, students, staff, and the greater community to advance these goals. The ideal candidate will have a track record in leading through influence and collaboration and demonstrate a commitment to social justice and equity. In addition, they will have a passion for and experience in managing a diverse portfolio of DEI initiatives in a highly complex, decentralized institution.
A list of the desired qualifications and characteristics of the AVP-DEI can be found on this page, which was prepared by the search committee with the assistance of Isaacson Miller, a national executive search firm, to provide background information and detail the key opportunities and challenges related to the position. All confidential applications, nominations, and inquiries should be directed to the parties listed here.
A member of the Association of American Universities (AAU) and the Big 10 Academic Alliance, UI is a global, research-intensive university with more than 32,000 students, more than 279,000 alumni, and approximately 3,400 faculty and 16,000 regular staff. UI boasts academic strength across a comprehensive range of disciplines in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as professional schools, and the 2020 edition of the U.S. News & World Report ranks UI in the top 100 of public institutions in the nation. The university also has a large economic impact on the state, serving as one of the largest employers, attracting over 550 million dollars annually in contract and grant research funding, and operating the state’s only comprehensive academic medical center. UI has an enduring commitment to the state’s citizens, providing significant scholarship and financial aid to 72 percent of undergraduate students and 58 percent of graduate students, including 20 percent of students who received Pell Grants in 2019-2020. Despite its size, scope, and stature, the University of Iowa feels like a much smaller community where people know one another and collaborate extensively.