In the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies, a fierce commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is at the heart of our teaching, research, and service mission. Our faculty, students, and staff are dedicated to all students reaching their full potential. We are aware of the systems of inequities that continue to make it more difficult to thrive for those from diverse backgrounds, and we are fully committed to leveling the playing field so that everyone has the opportunity to be successful. All of us must work to amplify others’ voices and be advocates for change. In DIP, our pedagogy and research are centered in showcasing the voices and experiences of those who have been historically marginalized, and we seek to promote justice in our courses and in the research that we do as university faculty. DIP faculty integrate hands-on learning in our classes, and our students partner with local as well as international agencies to work toward shared goals of health, wellness, and security for all.

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.