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University of Northern Iowa

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1227 W 27th St
Cedar Falls, Iowa 50614
Phone
(319) 273-2311
Email address
admissions@uni.edu
School Information
"As one of Iowa’s three public universities, UNI is known for designing robust and practical learning experiences — the kind that gives our students the career edge they need in fields like education and business. But most importantly, we're passionate about our students. "With over 90 degree programs and a community of supportive faculty, we’re here to help you chase your dreams. With a vibrant campus community, and endless opportunities to explore, we promise to keep things interesting along the way." The university enrolls over 9,200 students and employs over 680 faculty. (Source: https://uni.edu/resources/about-uni) (Source: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1027&context=ire_factbook)
General Information
Although the University of Northern Iowa has not yet implemented further anti-racist actions, it has created a six-week program where participants can register online for a guided “Quest” that will “cultivate habits of consciously and consistently practicing anti-racism.” No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The Common Read for the 2021-2022 academic year is Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isable Wilkerson. It is hosted by the Cedar Valley Anti-Racism Coalition.
  • As part of the Liberal Arts Core requirements for the Bachelor’s degree, all undergraduate students are required to complete 3 credit hours of classes in Non-Western Cultures and 3 credit hours of classes in Diversity and Global Issues.
Resources
  • "For 6-weeks, participants on the Quest will receive weekly newsletters that will guide them as they cultivate habits of consciously and consistently practicing anti-racism. Each week’s newsletter includes a welcome video from a community leader, a quotation to contemplate, a community assignment to complete, and questions for reflection and discussion."
  • The university has created a six-week virtual program based in Critical Race Theory titled “Cultivating Justice: A Quest Toward Racial Equity,” which endorses the works of Ibram X. Kendi. As part of week 5, the program solicits donations to several anti-racism projects.
  • On March 24, 2022, the university held a workshop on the Decolonization of Learning in an effort to challenge faculty to decolonize their current teachings and examine white privilege and anti-racism.
  • The university presents a warning on “Diversity Exit Ramps,” which are “ways that people pretend to be talking about diversity but are actually skirting the issue.” They list numerous examples and advise on how to respond.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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