Action Planning

Renewing our Commitment to Excellence through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Dear members of the University of Iowa community,

Excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion is a core value on our campus, and UI leadership reflects on the phrase often as we continue to strengthen efforts related to those important areas. The 2019-2021 Excellence through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan outlines goals and defines outcomes we hope to achieve through campus-wide collaboration over the next two years. 

The detailed action plan could not have been created without your invaluable input and participation in the campus climate survey, listening sessions, and contributions to the FY19 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Digest. You told us where and how we could be better, and the action plan steering committee used your thoughtful feedback to create challenging but achievable goals.

As stated in our statement of purpose and mission (OM 2.1(3)), the university is a community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends who seek to advance knowledge and foster learning across a broad range of academic endeavors, which requires us to take seriously our obligation to protect academic freedom and free expression while maintaining an inclusive community in which people of different backgrounds can encounter one another and flourish in a spirit of cooperation, openness, and shared appreciation. When we work together, we are better. When we understand each other, we are stronger. When we value our fellow community members, we are a more bonded family . 

This plan will build on our legacy, advance a more equitable environment, and promote inclusiveness on every level and for every person. It is designed to be a living road map to a better university—and the next step on our historic journey.

Thank  you for being in partnership with us as we engage in the important work of making the UI a place where everyone matters. 

J. Bruce Harreld, president

Sue Curry, former interim executive vice president and provost

Melissa Shivers, vice president for student life and former interim associate vice president for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Action Plan and Reports


Related Plans and Reports


New Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan identifies four goals for campus to achieve by 2021

Results from the University of Iowa’s first-ever comprehensive campus climate surveys show that a vast majority of respondents say they are satisfied with their decision to work at the UI or satisfied with the overall campus experience.

The data also show that the UI faces several challenges related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as campus climate.

“Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values on our campus,” says UI President Bruce Harreld. “We thank those who participated in the surveys and listening sessions for telling us where and how we can improve. While some of that feedback was difficult to read and hear, we have already begun taking action in a number of areas and will address others through the steps and goals outlined in the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan. We clearly have much to do to be inclusive on every level. Working together, I am confident we will quickly make significant progress.” Read more on Iowa Now...

Listening Sessions

For campus community members who would like to further discuss the campus climate survey results and/or the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Action Plan, two listening sessions will take place in April.

Those sessions will be:

  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, Petersen Residence Hall Multi-Purpose Room
  • 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, April 25, Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa Theater, room 166

Campus Supporters


Gary Barta, director of athletics

Brent Gage, associate vice president for enrollment management

Steve Fleagle, associate vice president and chief information officer

J. Brooks Jackson, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine

John Keller, interim vice president for research, associate provost for graduate education, and dean of the Graduate College

Rod Lehnertz, senior vice president for finance and operations

Peter Matthes, vice president for external relations

Cheryl Reardon, chief human resources officer and associate vice president

Carroll Reasoner, vice president for legal affairs and general counsel


Daniel Clay, dean of the College of Education

John Culshaw, university librarian

Sarah Gardial, dean of the Henry B. Tippie College of Business

J. Brooks Jackson, vice president for medical affairs and dean of Carver College of Medicine

David Johnsen, dean of the College of Dentistry

Joe Kearney, interim dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Donald Letendre, dean of the College of Pharmacy

Edith Parker, dean of the College of Public Health

Alec Scranton, dean of the College of Engineering

Downing Thomas, associate provost and dean of International Programs

Tanya Uden-Holman, associate provost for undergraduate education and dean of the University College

Kevin Washburn, dean of the College of Law

Julie Zerwic, dean of the College of Nursing


Russell Ganim, Faculty Senate president

Dexter Golinghorst, Graduate and Professional Student Government president

Michael Hesseltine, Staff Council president

Hira Mustafa, UI Student Government president


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