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Coming Out: University of Iowa students share their stories

Illustration by Kate Doolittle

Jenna Post, Arts Reporter

October 13, 2020

On the night before my first day of high school, my mom said her church warned her of the mandatory health class I was enrolled in, saying it would teach us that being gay is OK. My teacher never told us that. In fact, one time my teacher split us up by gender for girls to describe their dream...

UI Interim VP for Diversity Equity and Inclusion looking to expand initiatives at Iowa

University of Iowa Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Liz Tovar, poses for a portrait on Oct. 7.

Mary Hartel, News Reporter

October 11, 2020

Following her appointment to Interim Associate Vice President for Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the University of Iowa, Liz Tovar said she is focusing on the division’s support, communication, and engagement efforts. In her eighth year at the UI and former associate athletics director, Tovar...

University of Iowa will halt diversity, equity, and inclusion training after White House Executive Order

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

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

October 5, 2020

The University of Iowa will temporarily halt diversity, equity, and inclusion training provided by federal contractors and federal grantees after evaluating a White House Executive Order that aims to “combat offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating.” The email was sent Friday, O...

University of Iowa College of Law welcomes most diverse class in its history

The University of Iowa's College of Law is seen Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020.

Rylee Wilson, News Editor

September 29, 2020

The University of Iowa College of Law is welcoming its most diverse class in its 155-year history, with 25 percent of students in the class of 2023 identifying as a minority. That’s a jump from 2019, when 18 percent of incoming students identified as a minority. The college added more schol...

Students embrace hidden disabilities

Students embrace hidden disabilities

Julia Shanahan, Politics Editor

September 29, 2020

I was diagnosed with bipolar II disorder a little over a year ago, just a month before the most important academic and professional year of my life. As the politics editor of The Daily Iowan during caucus season, I was spending 20-plus hours a week in the newsroom in addition to class work and on to...

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 ...