Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Melissa Shivers
The Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI) provides vision, leadership, and counsel on matters of diversity and inclusion at the University of Iowa. We partner with all campus units to create a welcoming and respectful environment that enables everyone to perform at their full potential.

We provide services and resources for underrepresented faculty, staff, and students; persons with disabilities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons; persons of disadvantaged socioeconomic status; nontraditional, first-generation, and international student; and military and veteran students and dependents. Your support and input are critical to our efforts, and we welcome your ideas for creating a campus where all feel welcome.
Melissa Shivers
  • Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Vice President for Student Life

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.

DDEI Organizational Chart