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Iowa State University

Undergraduate School

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100 Enrollment Services Center
2433 Union Drive
Ames, Iowa 50011
(515) 294-4111
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School Information
"Iowa State University is a public, land-grant university, where students get a great academic start in learning communities and stay active in 800-plus student organizations, undergrad research, internships and study abroad. They learn from world-class scholars who are tackling some of the world's biggest challenges -- feeding the hungry, finding alternative fuels and advancing manufacturing." The university enrolls over 31,800 students, has 100 majors, and employs over 1,800 faculty. (Source: (Source:
General Information
Iowa State University has a graduate academic program called "Educational Leadership and Policy Studies (EL PS)". This program contains courses on Critical Race Theory and its applications in education. No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On August 5, 2021, the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost released a statement regarding the passage into law House File 802 which bans mandatory DEI trainings and Critical Race Theory trainings. The Provost stated that, “Iowa State University will continue its commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including efforts to provide trainings and courses of study that increase understanding of these critical ideas.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of its Bachelor’s degree requirements, the university requires all undergraduate students to complete a course in US Diversity.
  • The university has an entire academic discipline within graduate course catalog called “Educational Leadership and Policy Studies" which includes courses on “Education for Social Justice,” “Decolonizing Praxis”, “Pedagogies of Dissent”, and “Critical Race Theory in Education”.
  • The University Library has a number of Anti-Racist Resources including a DEI Book Discussion Series on Ibram X. Kendi’s, “How to Be an Anti-Racist” book with a syllabus to help guide study of the material.
  • On April 6, 2022, ISU hosted a webinar on Strategies for Anti-Racist Action in STEM.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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