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Black leaders, public health experts look to build trust in COVID-19 vaccine

President & CEO at MYEP Roger Lusala poses for a portrait on Monday, Dec. 14, 2020 in his office at MYEP. Lusala is participating in a two-year research study at UIHC that is testing a vaccine for COVID-19.
Sarah Watson, Executive Editor December 15, 2020

Some of Roger Lusala’s close friends and family — even his kids — raised eyebrows when he told them this summer he’d take part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial. The Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine, approved...

Hassles heading home: University of Iowa international students recount memories of quarantine centers

Ran Huo quarantine room is seen from her stay in Cambodia. (Contributed)
Mary Hartel, News Reporter December 15, 2020

As winter break approaches, many University of Iowa international students are encountering barriers to make their journeys home, including travel restrictions, inflated airfare, and government-mandated...

Iowa City religious leaders help launch progressive new branch of United Methodist Church

Photo of Reverend and Liberation Methodist Connexion Collaborator Sean McRoberts.
Claire Benson, News Reporter December 10, 2020

Progressive religious leaders within the United Methodist Church in Iowa City helped launch a new denomination after the denomination voted to keep bans on same-sex weddings and LGBTQ clergy. Leaders...

‘We are not there yet:’ pandemic brings new focus to Human Rights Day

A Global Health Major, Amani Ali, is seen on the Pentacrest at the University of Iowa on Dec. 9, 2020, the day before Human Rights Day. Amani, as well as many others, recognize that there is a lot of work to be done for the advancement of human rights, as seen during the pandemic with problems like the human right to health care.
Mary Hartel, News Reporter December 9, 2020

For this year’s Human Rights Day, Iowa activists said they want to focus on health as a human right as the pandemic brings disparities in health care access to light. Dec. 10 marks the 72nd anniversary...

Two Iowa natives pioneer Humanize my Hoodie campaign

Andre Wright (left) and Jason Sole (right).
Kennedy Cook, Guest Writer December 8, 2020

This piece was originally published in the fall 2020 edition of NURU, a publication by the Unity Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists at the University of Iowa. This work is available...

University of Iowa sees drop in international student enrollment

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.
Mary Hartel, News Reporter November 19, 2020

International student enrollment at the University of Iowa has shrunk 45 percent in the last five years, according to the state Board of Regents. The decline was expected, and is part of an ongoing...

University of Iowa International Programs embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion during International Education Week

Various flags are seen on Monday, October 15, 2018. There are 120 flags being displayed on the Iowa Memorial Union Pedestrian Bridge to recognize the international students on campus.
Mary Hartel, News Reporter November 17, 2020

Amid COVID-19 chaos – rising cases, closing borders, tighter travel restrictions, and global animosity – University of Iowa International Programs is using International Education Week to recognize...

Community and international affairs advocate Sarah Lande receives University of Iowa’s International Impact Award

Community and international affairs advocate Sarah Lande receives University of Iowa’s International Impact Award
Samantha Murray, News Reporter November 16, 2020

University of Iowa alum Sarah Lande, 82, received the 2020 UI International Impact Award Monday for her diplomatic work to strengthen ties between Iowa and China. Lande was one of three recipients...

‘Time to Heal,’ immigrants, international students, and community advocates react to a high stakes election

UI international student Peiqi Chen poses for a portrait at the Pentacrest on Monday, Nov. 09, 2020. Chen is originally from the Hunan province of China and had hoped for the defeat of President Trump in the 2020 elections.
Mary Hartel, News Reporter November 15, 2020

For some immigrants and international students in Iowa City, the 2020 election — which many had no say in — meant the difference between another four years of anxiety or security. University...

First African American woman to lead the American Medical Association speaks to University of Iowa students, staff on racial health disparities

Doctor, Patrice A. Harris gives a lecture over zoom on Monday, November 9th, 2020. Dr.Harris is a guest lecturer invited by the University of Iowa medical community to discuss the issue of health inequity.
Grace Hamilton, News Reporter November 9, 2020

American Medical Association Immediate Past President Patrice Harris spoke to University of Iowa students and faculty Monday evening about a weighty topic: racial health disparities in the United States...

UI international students grapple with difficult decisions on travel plans with upcoming winter break

Mary Hartel, News Reporter November 4, 2020

International students across the U.S. and at the University of Iowa have an added COVID-19 stressor: figuring out travel plans during the pandemic. When UI senior Mingzhe Liu went home to China...

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