Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Our Division is always striving for transparency and creating an institutional culture where diversity, equity, and inclusion are ingrained in the very fabric of everything we do. The responsibility to cultivate this environment belongs to every member of our learning community and clinical enterprise.
By working with the campus community, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion seeks to develop a climate that empowers all members- one that fosters collaboration and initiates practices and policies that effect positive institutional change. With renewed energy and strategic focus, UI’s students, faculty, and staff can serve as a model for infusing diversity, equity, and inclusion into areas as varied as student success, research, pipeline programming, recruitment, retention, employment practices, training, and clinical practice- all while contributing to our larger society, so that we may each be global citizens.
For new students, faculty, staff, and community members- we look forward to getting to know you, whether it’s by studying and relaxing in one of our campus spaces, via new collaborative partnerships, by participating in our education and training sessions, through committee service, engaging with our pipeline programs, or simply by enjoying our events. For returning UI community members, we are excited to reconnect with you as we continue to engage in our DEI paradigm shift.
The work ahead of us must be authentic and intentional in order to successfully foster and maintain a learning and working environment where we all feel a sense of belonging- regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, country of origin, religion, veteran status, or any group with which you identify. If we continue to work in collaboration via respectful dialogue, active listening, and continual learning- together, we will achieve the transformative shift in our campus culture we desire.
Please feel free to reach out to any member of our dedicated team about the programs, services, and activities provided by our Division.
I invite you to join us on this journey, and I welcome your feedback and suggestions as we engage in this exciting work.
Yours in Service,
Dr. TaJuan R. Wilson
Associate Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Associate Vice President, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Within the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Center for Diversity and Enrichment (CDE) provides programs and services that support the ability of underrepresented students to thrive and succeed at the University of Iowa. CDE provides services geared towards student enrichment and development, K-12 pipeline and access, community building, and diversity training.
- Within CDE, Campus Outreach Services (COS) provides academic coaching, identity specific programming and activities, personal support, administration of the Advantage Iowa Award, resource referrals, diversity training, peer mentoring, and campus tours for various school districts and community partners. COS also works to help improve campus climate for students with marginalized identities at Iowa.
- Also within CDE, Military and Veteran Student Services (MVSS) provides a resource for utilizing the talents, leadership ability and volunteer power of our veteran and military-affiliated community. Services assist veterans with transition from military to civilian life and with transition to higher education. Services include academic coaching, peer mentoring, and other support programs that meet the unique needs of student veterans. MVSS works to create a veteran and military inclusive campus climate.
- CDE also administers the federally funded TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) and TRIO Upward Bound (UB) programs.
- TRIO SSS assists in developing and enhancing student academic skills, connects them to resources on campus and in the community and provides programming, tutoring and an inclusive space to develop relationships for low-income and first-generation students and/or students with disabilities.
- TRIO UB helps first-generation and low-income high school students prepare for college and understand the college-going process.
Another unit within the Division is the Diversity Resources unit, who provide consultation, resource, and skill-building opportunities for University of Iowa faculty, staff, students and guests in order to foster an inclusive, respectful and equitable university community.
Equal Opportunity and Diversity (EOD) is the final unit within the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This office implements diversity policies at the University of Iowa and supports the university’s compliance with federal/state laws and regulations and university policies prohibiting discrimination, harassment, retaliation and sexual harassment by or towards any UI community member.