The Center for Diversity and Enrichment provides pre-college student development, assistance with facilitating the enrollment process, academic coaching, and programs and activities that support the ability of historically marginalized, first generation, and students who come from low socioeconomic backgrounds to thrive and succeed at the University of Iowa. Academic Coaches are available to support students throughout all aspects of their college experience. We want to make sure your transition to the university is a good one and that you are aware of the opportunities available on campus.
Programming is offered to enhance the cultural, social, and academic experiences of students. The programs have the goal of building community, celebrating cultures, and educating students on a variety of topics.
We invite you to explore our website and the websites of all the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offices. We welcome suggestions for ways to enhance your experience at the University of Iowa; please do not hesitate to contact us for more information.
Tabitha Wiggins, M.S., Interim Director of the Center for Diversity and Enrichment
CDE does not offer translation services; however, if you are a student, parent, or community stakeholder who needs to communicate with a CDE staff member in a language other than English, we will do our best to facilitate that communication.
Contact Us - CDE
Nicholas Creary, Associate Director, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Kelly Bridenstine, Secretary, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Katie Newcomb, Assistant Director, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Sarah Lambert, Academic Coach, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Carlos Nelson, Academic Coach, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Mike Meginnis- Educational Support Services Associate, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Cody Pritchard, Project Director, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Kristi Murphy, Secretary, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Haley Kamps, Student Success Coach, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Cassie Walizer, Student Success Coach and Tutor Coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Steph Yazell, Student Success Coach and Tutor Coordinator, TRIO Student Support Services, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Jennifer Lynch, Project Director, TRIO Upward Bound, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Jesse Kiracofe, Educational Support Services Specialist, TRIO Upward Bound, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Takondwa Mwasi, Educational Support Services Specialist, TRIO Upward Bound, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
Kimberly Castillo, Educational Support Services Associate, TRIO Upward Bound, Center for Diversity & Enrichment
CDE Sub Units
Campus Outreach Services (COS) provides support to historically underrepresented and first generation students on campus and reaches out to communities beyond campus. COS recruits and provides K-12 students meaningful pre-collegiate experiences through programs including the Summer Enrichment Institute and Iowa First Nations. We also help incoming students with the transition to college life with programs such as The Iowa Edge. Additionally, we provide support services to all CDE-eligible students so that they may graduate as impressive scholars.
TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) has served eligible students for over 40 years at the University of Iowa. While details of the program have changed over time, our goal has been and will remain the same: to help our students successfully navigate the college environment from their first day with TRIO SSS all the way through graduation. We strive to support each and every participant based on their individual needs through student success coaching, tutoring, the Steps to Success for TRIO courses, and many other support programs. Through personal conversations with coaches, meeting regularly with tutors and peers, and engaging in class activities, we work to create an environment where students feel welcome and supported in seeking help and celebrating their successes throughout their time at UI.
TRIO Upward Bound provides the resources and encouragement for postsecondary education for our students with low-income and first generation backgrounds. Through tutoring, personal success coaching, Saturday Academies, and our residential Summer Academy, Upward Bound students become members in a community of their peers who are going places. They are literally changing the trajectory of their lives and making their dreams of higher education a reality.