Through our DEI efforts, we seek to grow and to learn about the ways in which we can foster difficult conversations around representation and enhance the experience of Iowa Engineers throughout their careers.

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We'd like to hear about any DEI workshop or training that you've taken this year. Please fill out this brief form to tell us about any workshop participation (including BUILD, SafeZone, NCBI, as well as off-campus workshops or trainings).

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Sarah Vigmostad
Interim Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Co-Chair, DEI Council 


Diane Fountain
Senior HR Director

DEI Council

Our council includes engineering students, faculty, and staff working together to promote a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.


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Cultural and Identity-Based Engineering Student Organizations

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National Society of Black Engineers

Increasing the number of culturally responsible Black engineers and scientists who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.

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Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. Join the Familia!

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Society of Women Engineers

SWE supports and empowers women in both their academic and professional careers and aspirations. All are welcome to attend SWE events, which include opportunities for professional development, socializing, volunteering, and outreach.

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Out In Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

Providing LGBT+ individuals in STEM majors the resources they need for community, self-exploration, and professional development that is not offered in other spheres of campus life.

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Female Alliance of Civil Engineers

The Female Alliance of Civil Engineers exists to create a community on campus with the purpose of improving the networking opportunities for women and their allies within the Civil Engineering department at the University of Iowa.

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Women in STEM Ambassadors (WiSA)

Women in Stem Ambassadors (WiSA) is a community wishing to enrich their own lives and give back to the community. We organize educational and social events for members and plan outreach events for the wider community.

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Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

SACNAS chapters are a powerful and inclusive source of community that provides local and regional support for college students and professionals to succeed in STEM. Collectively, our chapters are the on-the-ground ambassadors behind SACNAS’ movement to achieve true diversity in STEM.  

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DEI Event Calendar

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Hey Buddy, I'm Bill

Tuesday, August 22, 9:00am to Tuesday, December 19, 2023 8:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
An exhibit about Bill Sackter, proprietor of Wild Bill's Coffee Shop at the University of Iowa School of Social Work.
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Drawn Over: Reclaiming Our Histories

Wednesday, August 23, 2023 10:00am to Tuesday, January 2, 2024 4:30pm
Stanley Museum of Art
The University of Iowa Stanley Museum of Art presents Drawn Over: Reclaiming Our Histories.  Featuring the museum’s world-renowned collection of Native American ledger drawings and guest curated by Dr. Jacki Thompson Rand (citizen, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma); Associate Vice Chancellor for Native Affairs, Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The show is generously supported by the Terra Foundation for American Art with additional support from John S. and Patricia C...
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Hey Buddy, I'm Bill

Saturday, August 26, 1:00pm to Tuesday, December 19, 2023 5:00pm
University of Iowa Main Library
An exhibit about Bill Sackter, proprietor of Wild Bill's Coffee Shop at the University of Iowa School of Social Work.
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