Snapshot: The Diversity Resources Unit

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Ever wonder where you can go on campus to enhance your diversity skills and start to understand issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion on our campus and beyond? Diversity Resources (DR) reaches out on matters of diversity, equity, and inclusion in a variety of ways. As an office, DR helps drive the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion’s efforts to shift campus culture to one that is more inclusive, welcomes diversity, breaks down barriers to increase dialogue across difference, and is affirming and respectful of all identities.

Training and Courses

DR produces and assesses training sessions that are interactive, in-person, researched-based, evidence-informed, collaborative, applications-based, and skill-building focused. These sessions are available to all faculty, staff, post-docs, and graduate students on campus. They are also available to members of the community and undergraduate students with special permission.

Resource Development

DR creates and provides resources for self-learning, guidance, and support.

Events and Awards

Diversity Resources hosts events that recognize achievement in diversity, equity, and inclusion, centralizing the voices of marginalized populations, and building bridges between different identities.

  Diversity Catalyst Awards                                            Update on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  Alliant Energy Achievement Award                             Diversity Seed Grant
  Faculty and Staff of Color events                                 Women’s Leadership Initiative


Serving on committees and offering advice to departments whose focus will directly impact the experience or needs of UI students, staff, and/or faculty.

    Action planning consultation                                              1:1/BUILD coaching
    Serve on or chair the Anti-Violence Coalition                     CHOOSE Committee
    Campus Inclusion Team Advisory Board                              Demonstrations Advisory Board                 
    Healthy Masculinities                                                           International Student Committee              
    Iowa Network for Women in Higher                                    UI Pride Committee
    Education Institutional Board                                 Path Forward Diversity, Equity and Inclusion           
    Supervising Excellence Steering                                        Trans Inclusivity Taskforce

Some Core Initiatives

Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) Certificate Program
The BUILD initiative is an opportunity for UI faculty, staff, and graduate students to gain strategic knowledge and skills to contribute to a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

Cup o’ Justice
A series of discussions designed to bring change leaders together in shared learning.

Exploring White Identity for Effective Allyship Dialogues
These discussions focus on white identity and allyship by raising self-awareness, learning about historical influencers, and understanding individual and institutional impacts on culture.

LGBTQ Safe Zone Project
This campus-wide program offers a visible message of inclusion, affirmation, and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people in the university community.

National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI)
This program works through a coalition-building model to provide leadership training for inclusion and equity, with the goal of eliminating all forms of prejudice throughout the world.

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