About the Division

The Division of Access, Opportunity, and Diversity (DAOD) provides leadership and resources to develop culturally competent leaders and continue supporting our welcoming and respectful campus environment as articulated in the University of Iowa's strategic plan. The DOAD provides a "hub and spoke" service and staffing model to coordinate the central efforts supporting all campus units to remain compliance with federal/state laws and maintain accreditation standards. The DAOD offices also assist efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students. The office's primary goal is to enhance a welcoming, and respectful campus environment for all.

The work of the office is rooted in mastering three core elements:

  1. Creation of a culture where all people can be productive and contribute.
  2. Cultivation of communities that are open and welcoming to all. 
  3. Working with people to find common ground.

The central office and the University of Iowa strives to accomplish the following:

  • Provide an education to students, supporting their aspirations in their careers and lives.
  • Develop and hone skills to manage differences.
  • Support students and their success by creating a community on which they can rely.
  • Meet the needs of Iowans through research, teaching, and public service.

DAOD Pillars of Campus Support

  • The division provides a structured program to assist students with academic support, skill-building, navigating campus life mentoring, and tutoring. 

  • The division offers customized, voluntary professional development to UI faculty and staff to enhance cultural competency as requested by campus partners to meet accreditation requirements. 

  • The division supports campus partners compliance with Federal and State laws, IU policies and procedures (including Title IX, ADA, Title VII, Cleary Act, etc.).

  • The division provides support and assistance to understand and build organization culture with campus partners through consultation and data analytics.

  • The division providers support of centralized messaging themes, brand and editorial recommendations, and amplification of college/unit narratives supporting a welcoming and respectful environment.

What does diversity mean at Iowa?

Diversity on the campus of the University of Iowa touches everyone at our institution and in our community.  The graphic below illustrates some of the different groups that contribute to the wide-reaching areas we define as diversity at the university. (Note:  all of these groups/areas are not overseen by the DOAD, but as the central office we interact with these and other groups across our campus.)

What is Diversity Graphic

Offices within the DAOD

The Division of Access, Opportunity, and Diversity consists of two units: The Office of Civil Rights Compliance (OCRC) and the Office of Access and Support (OAS).

Our Path Forward

The path forward for the new Division of Access, Opportunity, and Diversity is laid out for us in the plan developed by the UI Task Force to meet the Iowa Board of Regents 10 directives on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Liz Tovar

A Message from Liz

"I am keenly aware that while the UI has made great strides in developing a welcoming and respectful environment for all Hawkeyes but, we are not without our challenges. I firmly believe the foundation and decisions we set forth can positively impact the UI now and for years to come. A key component of this is working with campus and community leaders on incorporating more transparency and accountability. I welcome the opportunity to listen to all members of the community whose voices have not always been heard, and enact change where possible."

- Dr. Liz Tovar
Executive Officer and Associate Vice President Division of Access, Opportunity, and Diversity
Senior Associate Athletics Director Academics at University of Iowa
Dr. Liz Tovar Bio

Our Legacy

The University of Iowa has a rich legacy as a university of 'firsts' in developing culturally competent leaders and providing a welcoming and respectful environment for all Hawkeyes.