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Welcome All! Find contacts, resources, and support specifically for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color. 

Check back for events and networking opportunities to connect you with mentors and community.

Mission

  • build connections and community among students of color

  • recruit, support, and retain pre-service teacher candidates of color

  • provide mentorship and networking opportunities for students of color

Study Sessions

Join us for an ongoing series of monthly Friday study sessions from 1-4 p.m. in the Baker Teacher Leader Center. Feel free to bring friends or study groups, or just come to hang out and connect with fellow students of color in the College of Education, located in N116 Lindquist Center. Upcoming dates: Oct. 29, Nov. 12, and Dec. 10

Grad Speed Friending

This virtual social event is a great opportunity to make connections and form friendships with other graduate students of color in the CoE. Join us Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 7pm and/or Friday, Nov. 5 at 7pm. Register here for zoom link: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_9ueIR6nVB181XRY

BIPOC Mentorship Opportunities

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student interested in having a mentor in the College of Education? Are you a graduate/ professional student or staff/faculty member interested in becoming a mentor? Fill out this form to participate: https://uiowa.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3NScuZqMHHQqjsO

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Amira Nash (she, her, hers)

Associate Director, Partnerships and Programs

Baker Teacher Leader Center

Meet Amira

During my undergraduate years at UI, I majored in Psychology and Secondary Education with a minor in Spanish. I earned my BA in Psychology along with teaching licensure in Social Studies, ELL (English Language Learning), and Spanish. During my undergraduate years, I spent a lot of time studying abroad after being captivated by a history class I took in Spain during a J-term. I later studied in India twice with the College of Education, I volunteered in Cuba, and I completed half of my student teaching in Ecuador. Also from UI, I went on to complete my MA in Teaching, Leadership, and Cultural Competency. I am currently pursuing my PhD in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies: Schools, Culture, and Society. 

For the past four years, I taught ELL and Social Studies at West High here in Iowa City. For the majority of my students, I was their first teacher of color. Growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, I did not have a teacher that looked like me until my sophomore year of college. In my role here in the College of Education, I am partnering with local school districts to create a pipeline program to help diversify Iowa's teacher workforce in addition to supporting antiracism efforts and global education in the College. 

Please don't hesitate to reach out.