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Simpson College

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
701 North C Street
Indianola, Iowa 50125
(515) 961-1624
Email address
School Information
"Simpson College is a private, liberal arts college in Iowa with campuses in Indianola, West Des Moines and online. Founded in 1860, the picturesque main campus sits on 85 tree-shaded acres in Indianola, 12 miles south of the state capital of Des Moines. Consistently ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the country according to US News & World Report, Simpson transforms students through welcoming communities, exceptional programs and distinctive opportunities" (Source:
General Information
Simpson College has began to encourage all students, faculty, and staff to engage in DEI topics. Simpson recently appointed a vice president of DEI in 2021. Simpson will soon require DEI training for students, faculty, and staff. Students are encouraged to participate in events such as the "21 Day Equity Challenge" and the "Diversity and Inclusion Social Media campaign." Simpson is seeking ways to incorporate DEI core concepts in its infrastructure, resources, and planning. As part of the "Engaged Citizenship Curriculum," all students are required to take a course on "Diversity and Power in the U.S." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On September 4, 2020, the Assistant Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Access encouraged the Simpson community to "participate in the 21 Day Equity Challenge."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Simpson core curriculum requires all students to take a "Diversity and Power in the U.S." course as part of the "Engaged Citizenship Curriculum.
Disciplinary Measures
  • Simpson will be adopting a "Symbols of Hate Policy" as of May 6, 2021.
Program and Research Funding
  • Simpson College appointed a vice president of DEI on May 4, 2021. The new vice president "will also be responsible for creating new practices or polices to help Simpson grow in its resources, such as new DEI training for students, faculty, and staff."
Symbolic Actions
  • On June 2, 2020, the SU president released a statement saying, "So many of our hearts are heavy with the killing of George Floyd, as well as the other acts of blatant discrimination we see around us. And we are further saddened and frightened by the ways in which peaceful and righteous protests have erupted in violence, around the state and the nation."
  • The NCAA Minority and Opportunities and Interests Committee as well as the national Student-Athlete Advisory Committee were announced as the hosts of the "Diversity and Inclusion Social Media campaign" on October 21, 2019. The themes of this campaign include inclusive excellence, diversity, and inclusion.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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