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The University of Iowa has become a charter member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) STEMM Equity Achievement (SEA) Change program. This initiative, which aims to help colleges and universities advance institutional transformation of diversity, equity, and inclusion, aligns with UI’s ongoing strategic planning process, and will provide a mechanism for institutional review, accountability, and evolution in DEI on campus.

The mission of AAAS SEA Change is to inspire, guide, and support the voluntary transformation of diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, math, and medicine) fields. SEA Change member institutions commit to the group’s principles to affirm that creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community is a priority.

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The University of Iowa is honored to be the first institution in our state and third from the Big Ten Conference to join AAAS SEA Change as a charter member. As the first public university in the US to admit women and men on an equal basis and regardless of race, our SEA Change membership will continue our journey to provide a more welcoming, inclusive, and accessible experience where all individuals feel valued and respected.
President Barbara Wilson

Timeline for Change

  • Formulation of Change Team and Self Assessment

  • Goal Development

  • Implementation and Self -Assessment, Iteration

  • Continue implementation, assessment; Apply for Bronze Award


Year One: The Change Team

The first step will be creating a “change team” consisting of campus leadership to examine current DEI efforts through the lens of three SEA Change pillars: institute, community, and awards.

The “change team” will produce a comprehensive inventory of all DEI activities and content initiatives, and will review policies, procedures, and programs. The team will also evaluate Campus Climate Survey results to better understand Iowa’s DEI challenges and opportunities. After the evaluation stage, the team will develop a plan to build a more inclusive university community and establish accountability processes for DEI growth over the next three years.  

Iowa’s DEI faculty fellows Maurine Neiman, professor in the Departments of Biology and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies, and Bradley Cramer, associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, will lead this effort with the Office of the Provost.

Maurine Neiman, Professor, Biology
“UI’s successful participation in this program will improve Iowa’s DEI landscape at a cohesive and institutional level,” said Neiman. “Our goal will be to translate this work into increased recruitment and retention of faculty, staff, and students from groups traditionally underrepresented or subject to negative bias or stereotyping in academia.”
Maurine Neiman, Professor in the Departments of Biology and Gender, Women’s, and Sexuality Studies and DEI Faculty Fellow

Meeting Notes

Core Change Team Members


T.M. Weissenberger

IT/Web Accessibility Coordinator

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Motier F. Haskins, M.S.W.

Instructional Track Lecturer
School of Social Work

Alaina Hanson

Alaina Hanson

Faculty Human Resources Director
Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost

Kristina Gavin Bigsby

Kristina Gavin Bigsby

Tippie College of Business

Isandra Martinez-Marrero

Isandra Martínez-Marrero

Director of Cultural Engagement and Analytics
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Maurine Neiman, Professor, Biology

Maurine Neiman

Professor of Biology, Professor of Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies
Provost Faculty Fellow for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


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Kate Ralston

Director for Enrollment Data Analytics

Matt Anson

Matt Anson

Associate Director, Institutional Research and Assessment
Office of the Provost

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Liz Tovar

Executive Officer & Associate Vice President, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Senior Associate Athletics Director Student-Athlete Academic Services

Charlie Taylor

Charlie Taylor

Senior Advisor
Director of Communications
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

John Laverty

John Laverty

Senior Associate Director
Enrollment Management

Advisory Team Members

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Tara Bynum, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of English & African American Studies

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Margaret Chorazy

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Clinical Associate Professor

Angie Lamb

Angie Lamb, MA

Assistant Director, Academic Support and Retention
Chair, UI First-Generation Task Force

John Fingert

John H. Fingert, MD, PhD

Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Kate Karacay

Kate Karacay, Ph.D.

Senior Academic Advisor
Academic Advising Center

Megan Meyer

Megan Meyer

Co-Secretary (CDA), Assistant Director of Career Enhancement and Diversity Equity and Inclusion, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center


Jane Nachtman

Jane M. Nachtman, Ph.D.

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor, Physics and Astronomy
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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Sarah C. Vigmostad

Associate Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Associate Faculty Research Engineer IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering
Researcher Iowa Institute for Biomedical Engineering
Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADDEI)

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz

Rabbi Esther Hugenholtz

Rabbi, Agudas Achim Congregation

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Denise Szecsei, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Instruction
Computer Science

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Lori Adams, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Instruction, Department of Biology
Program Director, Iowa Biosciences Academy
Program Director, Latham Science Engagement Initiative

Valerie Garr

Val Garr

Director of Diversity Equity and Inclusion & Coordinator of Supplemental Instruction/N.E.S.T. Tutoring Program
Multicultural Nursing Association Advisor

Phi Beta Delta Honor Society for International Scholars

Adjunct Instructor

University of Iowa College of Nursing