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CLAS hosts webinar discussing past and present racial and social justice movements in Iowa

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Racial and Social Justice Meeting was held over Zoom on September 23rd. The meeting included a few presentations and covered racial justice programs in Iowa’s past and present.

Claire Benson, News Reporter

September 24, 2020

The University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences hosted a webinar on Wednesday, covering social justice movements as part of its theme year of focused racial equity. The college hosted the webinar via Zoom, which was moderated by Adjunct Assistant Professor John McKerley. Many atten...

Students form new organization to bring Caribbean and South American students together


Samantha Murray, News Reporter

September 22, 2020

The new University of Iowa student organization, Vybz, brings together students of South American and Caribbean descent. Despite the struggles of being unable to meet in person, Vybz continues to recruit new members and build up the club. President and co-founder of Vybz and UI junior Alexander Persa...

University of Iowa Tippie College of Business creates new DEI position

Tippie College of Business Building is seen on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

September 22, 2020

As a part of its action plan and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiative, the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business created a new faculty fellow position and named Michele Williams as the first person to take on the role. Williams, an assistant professor of management said she's excit...

Standing Together: Latinx communities voice their support for Black lives

Illustration by Kate Doolittle

Mary Hartel and Alexandra Skores

September 15, 2020

Latinx Heritage Month begins at a time like no other in modern history. Calls for racial justice ring out across the country as Black lives are continuously lost at the hands of law enforcement — and Latinx people are also speaking out. Regular protests have filled the streets of Iowa City and cities ar...

Tippie Associate Director of DEI inducted into the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame


Morgan Ungs, News Reporter

September 15, 2020

University of Iowa Tippie College of Business faculty member Gabriela Rivera, who was recently inducted into the Iowa Latino Hall of Fame, aims to serve as a welcoming and inspiring role model for UI students and the Iowa City community in her career at the university. According to the Iowa Lat...

University of Iowa Latino and Native American Cultural Center names new interim coordinator


Mary Hartel, News Reporter

September 9, 2020

University of Iowa graduate Isabela Flores was recently named temporary interim coordinator for the Latino and Native American Cultural Center. After working for the center as a program assistant and student lead, Flores started her new role on August 30. Former LNACC coordinator Thomas Arce ...

After derecho, community leaders work to help migrant, refugee families

Sofia Saidi holds her child, Gabriel Elizabeth Bwira, while she grills dinner for her family on Thursday, August 14. She huddled with her three scared children in a corner of her apartment during the storm while her husband was at work. Like others in the apartment complex, she cooks every meal for her family like this.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

September 3, 2020

The effects of the derecho that tore through eastern Iowa on Aug. 10 exacerbated struggles among migrant and refugee populations in Linn and Johnson Counties, community leaders say. Underserved communities are typically left behind in disaster clean up due to cultural and systemic barriers that ...

CLAS announces Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Launch for 2020-21

The Old Capitol is seen on Thursday, March 12, 2020.

Alexandra Skores, Managing Editor

August 29, 2020

The University of Iowa's largest college — the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will begin to offer new diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, including requiring all college departments and units to develop annual work plans and audits. According to an email to the liberal-arts school...

Student-run instagram accounts post stories of racism, homophobia, sexual assault in Iowa City schools

A story posted on the @blackaticcsd Instagram page is seen on Sunday Aug. 2, 2020. The account posts stories from both students and alumni documenting their experience within the school district. The @blackaticcsd Instagram page also coincides with the @lgbtaticcsd Instagram page which shares the stories of LGBTQ+ students.

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

August 2, 2020

White teachers using the n-word. Heteronormative health classes. Male students sexualizing and harassing their female peers. These are a few of the stories students in the Iowa City Community School District have shared anonymously on community Instagram accounts. Accounts like these have poppe...

Black researchers at the University of Iowa named to inspiring-scientists list

From left to right, Nicole Del Castillo, director of the Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion in the Carver College of Medicine, and UI postdoctoral research scholars, Andrea Marshall and Antentor Hinton, pose for portraits. Contributed.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

July 19, 2020

Amid calls for change sparked by the Black Lives Matter movement, researchers at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine said it is important to recognize efforts and achievements of BIPOC in science and medicine to encourage diversity and inclusion within the fields. UI Postdoctoral Resea...

Iowa Freedom Riders seek to share personal stories of racial injustice with Iowa City City Council

An Instagram post made by the Iowa Freedom Riders is seen on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The Iowa Freedom Riders are using social media to gather testimonials from BIPOC to share with the Iowa City Council.

Natalie Dunlap, News Reporter

July 9, 2020

The Iowa Freedom Riders (IFR) announced at a protest on Independence Day that they wanted Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) in the community to share their stories of racial injustice in Iowa with the Iowa City City Council. The organization followed up with an Instagram post on the...

Community members call for change to the namesake of Johnson County amid anti-racism movement

The Johnson County Courthouse in Iowa City is seen on Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

July 2, 2020

Iowa City community members are urging Johnson County residents and local leaders to reconsider the namesake of Johnson County. Currently named for former U.S. Vice President and slave owner Richard Mentor Johnson, the county was established in his name in 1837. The initiative to change the J...