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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 and Indigenous 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 same da...

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...

Despite the Supreme Court ruling on DACA, uncertainties for the program remain

Supporters hold signs at the Old Capitol Building on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. The recent decision regarding DACA's rescission has been a highly controversial issue in national politics.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

June 24, 2020

On June 18, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 5-4 decision that the Trump administration unlawfully attempted to terminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program – though the ruling is only a temporary reprieve for DACA recipients in Iowa City. Jessica Malott, an immigrat...

Iowa City celebrates Juneteenth amid a pandemic and protests

A march to support the Black Lives Matter movement and protest police brutality begins at the Pentacrest in downtown Iowa City on Thursday, June 4. The crowd, which contained about 2,500 people according to organizers, is seen here beginning the march by exiting the east side of the Pentacrest before they would head south on Clinton St.

Lilian Paulson, News Reporter

June 23, 2020

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, many organizations in Iowa City and across the state are planning virtual events to encourage the celebration of Juneteenth from their homes. Juneteenth, which takes place on June 19, commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. The official proclamation took ...

UI African American Studies program to form institute, promote Black culture

Photo of Venise Berry, Department Chair of the University of Iowa African American Studies program. Contributed.

Rachel Schilke, News Reporter

June 18, 2020

Simon Balto, a professor of history in the University of Iowa African American Studies program, said it is very difficult for anyone to understand the present moment without the past. After protests and demonstrations in Iowa City in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the program will ...

Black-owned businesses in Iowa City see increased support since start of protests

Denise Chambers, owner of Christina’s Unity Beauty Supply, poses for a portrait on Thursday, June 18 inside the shop. The store sells wigs, lashes, extensions, and other beauty products.

Molly Allen, News Reporter

June 18, 2020

Amid nationwide protests against systemic racism, there has been a call for increased support of Black-owned businesses. Lists of Black-owned businesses in Iowa City have circulated on social media, and community members have offered them their support. Erica Gooding, owner of Artisan Jewelry by Er...

Hundreds gather at Pentacrest for ‘Say Their Names’ rally against police violence

Protesters raise their hands and chant “Don’t shoot” during the Say Their Names rally on the Pentacrest on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Iowa City community members gathered to remember George Floyd, Ahmed Arbury, Yassin Mohamed and others. Money was collected during the event which went in donation to a vehicle procession carrying protesters going to Minneapolis. There were about five vehicles leaving directly following the rally.

Caleb McCullough, Summer Editor

May 30, 2020

Hundreds of people gathered on the Pentacrest Saturday to rally against police brutality and in honor of George Floyd as days of protests, some violent, have taken place across the United States. Local leaders and protest organizers took turns speaking before the crowd, donned in masks and face sh...

UI multicultural, diversity centers explore new ways to celebrate graduating seniors amid COVID-19

All graduating seniors that participated in the Rainbow Graduation pose after the event on Tue. May 8, 2018 held in the Old Capitol Senate Chamber. The Rainbow Graduation allows LGBTQ students to celebrate their graduation as a group.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

May 10, 2020

Campus coordinators are using social-media spotlights, mailed gifts, and video celebrations to highlight 2020 graduates among various identity-based University of Iowa communities after the UI canceled in-person commencement ceremonies and events. Celebrating accomplishment is essential in the Latinx...

Congolese Health Partnership creates multilingual video series to educate immigrants, refugees on COVID-19

Alka Walter poses for a potrait in front of the UI Health Care Iowa River Landing East Clinic on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Walter is a clinical assistant professor in the UI Carver College of Medicine and serves as the Congolese Health Partnership co-chair.

Will Fineman, News Reporter

April 22, 2020

An Iowa-based health partnership created multilingual video series to help inform immigrants and refugees about COVID-19 and curtail the spread of misinformation. The videos were produced by the Congolese Health Partnership, a collaborative effort established three years ago by University of Io...

Iowa City community reacts to Pride celebrations across the globe moving online

A crowd member watches the royalty show in Iowa City during the pride weekend on June 15, 2019.

Riley Davis, News Reporter

April 21, 2020

After the cancellation of Pride events this summer, Iowa City and University of Iowa LGBTQ organizations are planning to move their celebrations online. Iowa City Pride canceled its in-person summer festivities in an announcement on Monday, but the organization’s leaders plan to join peer organ...

Postdoctoral scholars join new fellowship program from UI Provost’s Office


Eleanor Hildebrandt, News Reporter

April 19, 2020

Four postdoctoral scholars will comprise the inaugural class of the University of Iowa Office of the Provost’s Postdoctoral Faculty Fellowship Program, created as an avenue to train and retain postdoctoral students at the UI. UI Provost Montserrat Fuentes has been working toward establishing the f...

UI Student Disability Services modify accommodations to help Hawkeyes with disabilities in virtual learning

The outside of the UI Student Disability Services office is seen on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The office is located in the basement of Burge Residence Hall.

Marissa Smith, News Reporter

April 16, 2020

Student Disability Services is in uncharted territory as it provides accommodations to students with disabilities and aims to assure equal access to education for all Hawkeyes in the transition to online instruction, but staff report benefits of more self-paced learning with the change. When the u...