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Unity Week is a campus-wide effort aligned with the UI strategic plan of each college and unit, celebrating our welcoming and inclusive culture over the past year while looking ahead at the year to come.

Unity Week 2023 will occur January 23-28, 2023. The next chapters of the Journey to Unity video series will premiere, and we will release the 2023 Campus Climate survey results.

Below are the videos and stories of Unity Week 2023.

"Talk to a person in a language they understand, it goes to their head.  Talk to a person in their language, it goes to their heart."

Nelson Mandela

Mutual Respect

Cultural Impact

Building Relationships

Working Together

Inclusivity through Accessibility

SEA Change

Iowa Edge

Understanding the Process

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Top Stories

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Unity Week 2023 Note from Liz

Sunday, January 22, 2023
A note from Liz Tovar to the University of Iowa campus for the start of Unity Week 2023.
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2022 End of Year Report

The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DDEI), under the leadership of Dr. Liz Tovar, continue our evolution to provide leadership and resources to support our campus’s journey to unity to provide a welcoming and inclusive culture at the University of Iowa.  Check out this end-of-year report looking back at 2021-22.
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Creating space at the table: A DEI conversation with leadership

In late November, Sara Sanders, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Liz Mendez-Shannon, CLAS DEI director, and Liz Tovar, executive officer and associate vice president of the UI Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, gathered at Wild Bill’s Workshop in the School of Social Work to discuss unity and belonging—and how these spaces can help the college and UI make progress on DEI issues.  
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Finance and Operations Releases 2022 DEI Action Plan Review

Friday, January 20, 2023
University of Iowa Finance and Operations released the 2022 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan Review to highlight DEI work of the previous year.
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Cultivating Inclusive Communities

Cultivating Inclusive Communities is a University of Iowa online learning experience designed to help faculty and staff gain awareness, knowledge, skills, and self-confidence to engage across differences with integrity and empathy, effectively fostering an inclusive campus community that embraces diversity.

Providing a Welcoming and Inclusive Environment

Through the UI Strategic Plan, we will facilitate proactive campus cultural change to cultivate a more respectful, inclusive environment that embeds diversity and equity into the Iowa experience.

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How UI Study Abroad supports diversity, equity, and inclusion

The University of Iowa Study Abroad office is committed to diversity and inclusion in our programming, especially as spending time abroad provides an excellent opportunity to consider one's personal identity in a new cultural context.

CLAS

CLAS 2022 DEI Annual Report

The DEI Committee and college community develop a yearly plan to address the strategic priorities of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to cultivate an inclusive environment and build a supportive infrastructure within the college.

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Accessibility Updates at Pappajohn Business Building

As a college we value an equitable and inclusive environment for all. Toward that end, the Tippie DEI Steering Committee recently took steps to ensure that the Pappajohn Business Building is as accessible as possible.

COE Smith

Lack of representation inspires Smith to pursue career as teacher

Senior chosen as College of Education Undergraduate Student Commencement Speaker

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Graduate Student Earns US Residency: An Account

Onyeche Oche is a PhD student and research assistant at the UI College of Pharmacy. She came to the University of Iowa in January 2020 and recently applied for and received permanent US residency.  Hoping it will help others, she recalls her experience with the process.

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UI Pharmaceuticals Manager Retires from Air Guard After Illustrious Career

Fast planes, brotherhood, and a workplace filled with excitement. That was Jeramy Viet’s reaction as a boy in 1986 when he watched the movie Top Gun, and it ignited his desire to join the United States Air National Guard at age 17.

Amira-Nash

Nash receives grant for BIPOC student recruitment and retention

 

Amira Nash, associate director of partnerships and programs in the Baker Teacher Leader Center, received a grant from the Community Foundation of Johnson County for her project, Recruitment & Retention of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Teacher Education Students.

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Finding the power in her voice through resiliency

In the years leading up to her commencement celebration, Malaz Aliomer faced challenging circumstances: the death of her parents in quick succession due to heart attack and cancer; the subsequent task of raising her three younger siblings; and the more recent demands of raising her own daughter with her husband.

CAMPUS VIDEO

Hawkeye Athletics Town Hall

Hawkeye Athletics leads Diversity and Inclusion Forum

B1G Life Series: Iowa Student-Athletes visit Selma to Montgomery

EVENTS

register_to_vote_african_american_1960s_signMLK., Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Events

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Junior Learn to Row Series - Session 1

Monday, June 24, 2024 9:00am to 11:00am
Beckwith Boathouse
Learn to Row this summer in this 4-day series! Ages 12+
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Discover Study Abroad-Summer 2024

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!
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Discover Study Abroad-Summer 2024

Tuesday, July 2, 2024 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!
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Unraveling the Mysteries of the Ho-Chunk Nation's Dugout Canoes in Lake Mendota

Monday, July 8, 2024 7:30pm
Lake Darling State Park
Please join us for a free, public educational program during Iowa Project Aware at Lake Darling State Park. We are welcoming Bill Quackenbush, Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Ho-Chunk Nation, to tell us about recent discoveries of dugout canoes and show us his dugout replica.
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Discover Study Abroad-Summer 2024

Tuesday, July 9, 2024 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!
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Ten Years Too Long: Making the Flint Water Crisis Public Archive

Wednesday, July 10, 2024 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
The Flint Water Crisis Public Archive aims to aid community leaders, researchers, and the general public in better understanding what happened during the Flint Water Crisis. Without our intervention, we risk losing access to documents released regarding the crisis, stripping us of the opportunity to learn about these important events and their ongoing implications for communities in Michigan and beyond. Panelists will include the project's founder, who will discuss the upcoming launch of the...
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4th Annual BioBlitz at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory

Saturday, July 13, 2024 9:00am to 12:00pm
Ashton Cross Country Course
Join researchers in collecting, observing, and recording biodiversity at the Ashton Prairie Living Laboratory in our 4th Annual BioBlitz. Your findings will inform a major research project and will contribute to the fourth data point in a multi-year documentation of how diversity changes at this site over time. Collections will be housed with the UI Museum of Natural History. Registration is required + free. Sign up link is here: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bduk9LKkk5nSZls
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Discover Study Abroad-Summer 2024

Tuesday, July 16, 2024 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!
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Discover Study Abroad-Summer 2024

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Virtual
Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!
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Junior Learn to Row Series - Session 2

Monday, July 29, 2024 9:00am to 11:00am
Beckwith Boathouse
Learn to Row this Summer! 4-day series. Ages 12+.

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