Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI)

The University of Iowa has been monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic. Considering the uncertainty surrounding the duration of the pandemic and recommended social distancing from medical experts, the Center for Diversity and Enrichment has decided to cancel the 2020 Summer Enrichment Institute (SEI). The decision to cancel SEI was not made lightly; however, it is our utmost priority to keep our community members safe. We realize members of our Iowa City community look forward to the educational enrichment and personal growth opportunities available through SEI each year. A virtual replacement for SEI was considered, but due to the nature of SEI components, the SEI experience could not effectively be replicated in an online format.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to Nadine Petty, CDE Executive Director at or Nick Creary, CDE Associate Director at

We wish you all health and safety during this difficult situation.


Program Description

A free summer program sponsored by the College of Education, the Baker Teacher Leader Center, and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment with additional support from the NSF Noyce Program. SEI is designed to enhance the academic experience of local Iowa City region secondary-level students of minoritized populations. Students get to learn more about public speaking using TED Ed curriculum and also get to work on a STEM research project of their choosing while being mentored by a University of Iowa student.


Cueponi Cihuatl Espinoza Madrigal
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Program Goals

  • To engage students in the academic process while promoting awareness and learning of one’s history, culture, and language;
  • To recognize the diversity of cultures, experiences and backgrounds students and their families bring to the educational setting;
  • To develop a sense of belonging and level of comfort within a rigorous academic environment within higher education settings;
  • To empower students to take control of their academic development;
  • To develop students’ strengths, values, and skills; and,
  • To enhance each student’s sense of pride as a young leader and scholar.

*Earn up to 5 elective credits towards your high school transcript upon successful completion of the program.

**Transportation assistance has historically been available for accepted students.



Applicants should be students in good standing, currently in 8th through 11th grade enrolled in an Iowa City Community School District Junior High School or High School.