One of our greatest challenges on the campus of the University of Iowa—and across our country--is promoting respect and unity. As an institution, it is part of our mission to create a more just and inclusive campus, and to better listen and respect different viewpoints and cultures. This results in the strengthening of our core educational and research mission.
We are committed to the exchange of diverse ideas and concepts, embedding diversity, equity, and inclusion into the core fabric of our institution and providing a welcoming environment where perspectives can be shared without fear of retribution.
You can join our “Journey to Unity” by supporting programs that teach listening, respect, and training, and the recruitment and retention of students, faculty, and staff at the University of Iowa. The changes on our campus will have a ripple effect—the leaders we educate at Iowa today will help make worldwide changes tomorrow.

Support the Journey today

Help build the University of Iowa into a more creative, collaborative, and civil institution for the next generation of Hawkeyes.


Supporting Unity at Iowa is something different.  It positively impacts the development of skills needed to listen, learn, and respect each other.  It develops community, collaboration, and civility.  While it focuses on marginalized students, faculty, and staff, it also touches everyone at the University by building a solid unity of purpose, leading to community unity.       

The University of Iowa is a place where all people should feel safe and included. We strive to be a welcoming campus where hate and racism are not accepted. Freedom of expression is a cherished right of all while we respect our differences. As we continue to grow our ability to listen, learn and be fair to each other, we use these tools to grow our community, its collaboration, and gain civil respect for each other.  We need these programs now, more than ever, to develop the next generation of Hawkeyes in these skills.

All students, faculty, and staff of the University.  Some efforts are focused on marginalized groups, while others work to grow the institution's complete understanding of accepting our differences to grow stronger as an institution.

Duff Ridgeway

Assistant Vice President, Main Campus Development, Regional Giving

The University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Email:, Mobile: 319-213-5860, Office: 319-467-3486