A Message from Provost Fuentes

Monste Fuentes

At the University of Iowa, our pursuit of excellence in every area of our academic mission depends on our ability to attract a diverse body of students, faculty, and staff, and on our success in ensuring an equitable and inclusive learning and working environment for every member of the Hawkeye family.  At the UI, we achieve excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The UI has a long and proud tradition of leadership related to diversity.  But we also know we have work to do to continue creating the environment we aspire to.  Thanks to the efforts of many over the past few years, today we understand better than ever where our challenges lie.  We have a detailed roadmap for addressing those challenges—the 2019-2021 Excellence through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan—and we are committed to ongoing efforts to collect and use data to inform decisions and sound action plans.   
We also have a strong structure in place, in the form of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, to provide leadership and resources as we work toward our DEI goals.  In the pages that follow, I invite you to learn more about the Division and about some of our current work with campus partners.  This is just a small sampling of the great work that is happening across campus, but I am excited for you to meet a few of the many talented and passionate individuals who are working hard every day to advance DEI at Iowa.  
Most significant, I hope you will discover in these pages some ways you can get involved in this important work, which will require shared commitment and collaboration.  I have been thrilled to witness, from all corners of campus, a tremendous level of energy and dedication to advancing the goals of the DEI action plan and building a more welcoming and inclusive community.  I look forward to working with you as we join together to create a stronger university.
Montse Fuentes
Executive Vice President and Provost