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University of Iowa

Undergraduate School

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University of Iowa
Iowa City, Iowa 52242
(319) 335-3500
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School Information
"The University of Iowa is one of America's premier public research universities. Founded in 1847, it is the state's oldest institution of higher education and is located alongside the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City. A member of the Association of American Universities since 1909 and the Big Ten Conference since 1899, the University of Iowa is home to one of the most acclaimed academic medical centers in the country, as well as globally recognized leadership in the study and craft of writing. Iowa is known for excellence in both the arts and sciences, offering world-class undergraduate, graduate, and professional academic programs in a wide variety of fields." The university enrolls over 31,700 students, has over 3,100 faculty, and offers over 200 areas of study. (Source: (Source:
General Information
The University of Iowa's School of Law has required training in "diversity, equity, and inclusion and explicit/implicit bias” for students, staff, and faculty. Additionally, it is considering a diversity, equity, and inclusion course requirement to graduate, although no specific details are known about the course requirement. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a DEI certificate with the Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity (BUILD) program to UI faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • School of Law will require mandatory training “in diversity, equity, and inclusion and explicit/implicit bias” for students, staff, and faculty.
  • After the House File 802, banning the teachings of Critical Race Theory and bias training, was signed into law by the governor of Iowa on June 8, 2021, UI released a statement announcing plans to continue DEI training and teachings in the classroom including courses on Critical Race Theory.
  • The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion offers a number of training programs to the UI community including a workshop on Exploring White Identity for Effective Allyship which is geared for white people to “learn and discuss the inherent privileges that come with being White.”
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • School of Law will consider a diversity, equity, and inclusion course requirement to graduate.
  • As part of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education requirements, all students are required to complete a minimum of 3 semester hours of Diversity and Inclusion coursework.
  • The College of Education is actively engaging in diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism initiatives which aim to “increase the incorporation of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our teaching approaches and curricula.”
  • As part of the Anti-Racism Initiative, the Anti-Racism Collaborative functions to “examine how racism operates within the functional aspects of the College (such as curriculum and teaching, admissions and recruitment, policy and practices)” and as a guiding assumption believes that racism is an enduring problem.
  • The College of Education will host an online workshop entitled, "Impacts of Racism on PK-12 Classrooms".
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hosted an "Anti-Racist Writing Workshop" to create "more inclusive writing programs".
  • The arts departments will be hosting a new series of virtual events called "Art and the Pursuit of Social Justice", which will discuss the intersection between social justice and art.
  • The University of Iowa Libraries provide a number of Anti-Racism resources with books, videos, podcasts and readings on anti-racism, microaggressions, implicit bias, and white privilege as well as a specific category of “Resources for Anti-Racist Allies.”
  • On October 12, 2021, the university’s College of Public Health hosted a webinar on “Bringing Critical Race Theory into Public Health: an Example in Cancer Care Delivery Research.”
Symbolic Actions
  • The College of Dentistry emailed the entire department condemning Trump’s CRT executive order, which caused a controversy, as a student spoke out against the email.
  • On May 11, 2022, the Center for Inclusive Academic Excellence at the university’s Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will be hosting its annual graduation celebration to honor the inclusive academic excellence of its graduating students.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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