An update on the diversity, equity, and inclusion report

Dear Campus Community,

The Charter Committee on Diversity and the Chief Diversity Office will release a comprehensive report of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and campus climate at the University of Iowa in spring 2019. The delay from a fall 2018 release will allow for voices of faculty, staff, and students who participated in the recent DEI surveys and listening sessions to be included in the report.

Our initial goal was to have all of the results finalized by the end of the fall 2018 semester, however, it is important to include information from the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) survey along with data from student listening sessions that will help inform tactics to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion across the UI campus. The student listening sessions are underway and will be completed by the end of November.

The charter committee, made up of faculty, staff, administrative liaisons, and students, who graciously volunteered their time while continuing to fulfill their regular responsibilities, is leading this work. We appreciate and respect the committee and its work, and thank faculty, staff, and students for taking the surveys and participating in the strategic listening sessions.

Survey results and listening session information from all constituent groups will be used to inform the creation of a draft DEI Action Plan, which will guide efforts to address challenges and opportunities revealed by the data. A draft of the DEI Action Plan also will be published in Spring 2019. The document will not be the final plan, as it is important for the new Associate Vice President and Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to become familiar with the survey data and information, and make the final action plan part of his or her vision. The search for a new Associate Vice President and Executive Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is underway. The search committee expects to fill the position in Spring 2019.

Assessing perceptions and understanding our campus climate are important and necessary steps that will inform the UI’s ongoing efforts to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus, improve recruitment and retention strategies, and guide our implementation efforts related to the university strategic plan.

We look forward to taking the time to have thoughtful conversations and sharing results with campus in the spring.

Melissa Shivers
UI Vice President for Student Life and Interim Chief Diversity Officer

Sarah Bruch
Co-Chair, Charter Committee on Diversity
Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Director, Social and Education Policy Research Program, Public Policy Center