Welcome Message

Welcome to a new academic year. As racially charged national events threaten to cast a shadow over the semester opening, we refuse to be cowed. Our core values at the University of Iowa have not changed. As interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President, I am proud of our enduring dedication to building a more diverse and inclusive campus community. The beginning of fall semester classes reminds us that our commitment to intellectual inquiry and personal development necessitates open minds and a fundamental curiosity about the unknown.

The recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia remind us of the importance of that collective work. We recognize that many members of the UI community may be experiencing a range of emotions. A number of resources across our campus stand ready to provide support including spaces for conversation, confidential resources, training opportunities, and special events.

We face our work to build a more diverse, inclusive campus with renewed dedication and commitment. We invite you to partner with us throughout the year to support the needs of all students, faculty, and staff. Together, we will continue to foster a university community that not only advances our core missions of teaching, research, and service but in so doing, powerfully impacts our broader society. Join us.

Dr. Lena Hill
Interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President
Senior Associate to the President
Associate Professor of English & African American Studies

Opportunities to gather:

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the event organizer in advance.

Training Opportunities

Upcoming Activities

If you have opportunities you would like included, please email diversity@uiowa.edu and reference this page.

Campus Messaging

  • A message from President Harreld: Why we are here, from President Bruce Harreld
  • UISG banners in residence halls “You are Welcome Here,” “Silence is Complicity – Start the Conversation,” and “This is Your Home. You Belong Here.” Students may sign banners and leave messages. Completed banners will be displayed in Hubbard galleries.
  • UISG signed a statement with student body presidents from across the country to denounce Charlottesville incident and support diversity and inclusion. (PDF iconPDF)
  • Surviving & Resisting Hate: A Toolkit for People of Color flier (PDF)


UI Non-Confidential Resources

UI Confidential Resources

Other UI Resources

Community Resources

  • Iowa City Police (319-356-5275)
  • Coralville Police (319-248-1800)
  • Johnson County Sheriff (319-356-6020)
  • North Liberty Police (319-626-5724)
  • Iowa City Human Rights Commission (319-356-5022), (TDD: 319-356-5493)