Diversity, equity and inclusion are important for moral and social justice, economic fairness, access to opportunities and creative solutions to barriers. In American Society, benefits and burdens are experienced by all, however some groups tend to experience more burdens while other more benefits. African American Studies recognizes the need for meaningful conversations, increased cultural contributions, and institutional change if the University of Iowa campus is to accomplish its goals concerning diversity, equity and inclusion. Building a more diverse faculty, staff and student body, offering equitable campus resources, and constructing more inclusive policies and practices can be fulfilled through various forms of intervention and measurement. For example, examining unconscious biases, understanding problems in campus culture, analyzing gender/racial differences, changing promotional disparities, fortifying cultural competence and accountability.

The study of topics related to diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to develop engaged citizenry, broad intellectual perspectives, and informed solutions to socio-historical inequities. In this spirit, African American Studies facilitates meaningful conversations, coordinates campus- and community-wide programming, and advocates for institutional change by constructing more inclusive practices at the University of Iowa. AAS not only introduces students to the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other categories, but also equips students with the critical tools to analyze society and implement these skills in their post-baccalaureate careers.

The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fundamental to the mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, as we conduct our work in the context of the whole of humanity.

  • In our teaching, we draw on, explore, and question every facet of human experience and understanding.
  • In our scholarship, scientific inquiry, and artistry, we create new knowledge and insight, reflecting and shaping the cultures and societies in which human lives unfold.
  • In our service to Iowans, we collaborate with communities to solve critical problems arising from inequity.

DEI values are inseparable from those of the liberal arts tradition. To fully realize our college’s critical mission of advancing human understanding within that tradition, we must actualize these values in every aspect of our decision-making and every area of our academic community.