The College of Education takes a proactive approach to outreach and engagement when it comes to matters of public and civic importance. This core value of the college is strengthened by the faculty, staff, and students who make contributions to society that emphasize the dignity of all people.


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Mary Cohen leads the Oakdale Prison Community Choir 

Mary Cohen, associate professor in music education, directs the Oakdale Community Choir. The choir consists of inmates of Oakdale Prison, known as inside singers, and community members, outside singers. This partnership creates a valuable opportunity for healing and expression through the performance of music.

Our students volunteer 10,000+ hours through the Teacher Leader Certificate.

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Reaching Potential

Through the work of dedicated faculty and administrators, UI REACH (Realizing Educational and Career Hopes) is empowering students with intellectual and learning disabilities to be engaged citizens in their communities. UI REACH ensures that students can have an enriching Big Ten campus experience, and achieving the full potential of each student through courses, campus activities, and career preparation is the heart of the program. In May of 2016, 26 highly-motivated students graduated from the program.

illustration of Ta-Nehisi Coates, author of "Between the World and Me"

Building Community

The college’s Building Community initiative is bringing people together to understand and positively impact the issues facing the world today. Faculty, staff, and students were invited to participate in small group reflection sessions after reading Between the World and Me, by Ta-Nehisi Coates. These meetings fostered productive dialog about issues of privilege and power.



Cindy Ann Kilgo

Transgender Awareness

Through their work, Cindy Ann Kilgo (Ph.D. ‘16) and others in the College of Education are leading transgender awareness and advocacy across campus, the state of Iowa, and beyond. Kilgo received the Diversity Catalyst Student Award from the University of Iowa Chief Diversity Office in April 2016. This award pays homage to the distinctive and innovative work of those at the University of Iowa who go above and beyond to promote an inclusive and diverse campus community.