Welcome to the University of Iowa's College of Education Diversity Committee website. The College of Education Diversity Committee is an active advisory committee that is comprised of faculty, staff, and students. Membership on the Diversity Committee is voluntary, and includes persons from a diverse range of ethnic/cultural, gender, sexual/affectional orientation, and professional backgrounds.

The Diversity Committee meets on a monthly basis. For more information on how to join this committee or other questions that you may have about our services please contact our graduate assistant: Gordon Louie at gordon-louie@uiowa.edu.

The College of Education Diversity Committee is a voluntary advisory committee that is comprised of faculty, staff, and students.


The College of Education Diversity Committee recognizes the value of diversity in persons and perspectives. As an educative and advisory body, our goal is to create an environment where all members of the College and University community can thrive personally and professionally.

Purpose of the Diversity Committee

The Diversity Committee serves the College of Education by:

  • Creating educational programming addressing issues of diversity
  • Advocating issues of diversity for faculty, staff, and students
  • Advising the Dean on recruitment and retention of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body
  • Providing and coordinating support services to ensure all faculty, staff, and students are heard and are part of an inclusive environment

The Diversity Committee seeks to increase awareness of diversity and maintain an inclusive environment through:

  • Sponsoring of programming for all members of the College
  • Creating professional development opportunities
  • Recognizing faculty and staff that have demonstrated a commitment to diversity
  • Publicizing information about diversity related events within the college and throughout the campus
  • Encouraging a wide spectrum of diversity within the College

The Diversity Committee supports students through organized social events, orientation of new students, and hosting conferences and research poster sessions that are relevant to diversity.

The College of Education Diversity Committee is committed to shared and open spaces that welcome and include everyone. The presidential election has triggered incidents at the University of Iowa and elsewhere that do not reflect the College’s shared values around diversity and inclusivity. We are committed to talking across differences. We remain opposed to all forms and acts of oppression based on gender, racism, ableism, xenophobia, sexual orientation, citizenship status, religion, ethnicity, language, and class. We encourage faculty, staff, and students to stand together bravely in support of civil and respectful discourse in classrooms, hallways, offices, meetings, and public spaces within and across the college and university. The work of building community requires sustained commitment to inclusive social change, to dialogue across different political perspectives, and the Diversity Committee and Building Community Initiative remain dedicated to this mission.

We encourage students, faculty, and staff who may be in distress to reach out if they need assistance. You can find a list of resources on the university's Safety and Support resources website (http://www.uiowa.edu/homepage/safety-and-support) or by calling these offices:

  • University Housing & Dining Embedded Counselor, Patrick Galligan 319-335-7294               
  • University Counseling Services (319-335-7294)                    
  • Center for Diversity and Enrichment (319-335-3555)                
  • Student Care and Assistance (319-335-1162)                
  • Women's Resource and Action Center (319-335-1486)              
  • Office of the Ombudsperson (319-335-3608)                       
  • Office for Graduate Inclusion (319-335-2147)                  
  • UI Employee Assistance Program (319-335-2085)   

Committee Leaders

Faculty, staff, and students are invited to join the College of Education Diversity Committee!

Contact education-diversity@uiowa.edu or Gordon Louie (gordon-louie@uiowa.edu) for more information.

Events & Awards

Please visit the Diversity Committee calendar for award deadlines and event dates.

AAAP is a project involving The University of Iowa College of Education and the Cedar Rapids Community School District. The project aims to help African American junior high students learn about and develop pride in their history and culture, raise expectations for postsecondary education, and receive an opportunity to visit a university campus.

AAAP has junior high students interacting with University volunteers in reading and discussing books and engaging in various cultural awareness activities.

(formerly the Beyond Tolerance Diversity Conference)

The conference was created as an avenue for educators to come together and discuss how we can realize the goal of creating classrooms that are culturally responsive. This conference will address the fundamental driving questions of “How do we sustain diversity in education in real, concrete ways?”. We hope to create an active and engaging conference that speaks to all educators.

This conference occurs each spring. Please visit the Diversity Committee event calendar for upcoming events.

Conference Archive

The purpose of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Research Symposium is to showcase graduate and undergraduate research projects (at all stages) related to diversity. We encourage posters highlighting issues of diversity including (but not limited to): race, citizenship status, religion, age, ability and disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental illness, class and socioeconomic status, and special populations in education.

Visit the MLK Jr. Research Symposium web page for dates, news, and details.


Educators applying for the Phyllis Yager Diversity Teaching Award should have an innovative and unique perspective to promoting and building respect for diversity in the classroom. Candidates need to demonstrate they have gone above and beyond the required curriculum concerning the teaching or implementing of diversity.

Nominations are made each spring and awards are presented at the annual College of Education Diversity in Education Conference.

Please visit the award web page for deadlines, details, and nomination forms.

Award Description

The Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award is named in memory of Professor Qualls who was a student and faculty member in the department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations and Iowa Testing Programs from 1982-2002. She was widely known for her commitment to her students and advancing and advocating for issues of diversity in the college and across campus.

Sponsored by the College of Education Diversity Committee, The Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award is designed to honor College of Education faculty, staff, and students who have shown a commitment to diversity.


College of Education faculty, staff, and graduate students are eligible. Nominations may be submitted by College of Education faculty, staff, and students.

Primary Criteria

  • Implemented or developed an innovative program, policy, participated in activities, and/or teaching that has served to inform the college community about topics related diversity and/or enhanced culture by creating a more inclusive and welcoming community in the College, or
  • Actively supported diversity initiatives, programs, and educational opportunities in the College of Education and contributed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment.

The contributions should have a positive effect on building respect and community within the College and/or in the educational context, for students either in the classroom or in experiential learning opportunities.

How to Nominate

Please complete the online Nomination Form (an online workflow form in Employee Self Service). Required is a statement of nomination addressing the primary criteria and one letter of support written by someone other than the nominator.

Preference will be given to nominees who have not previously received this award.


April 12, 2017.


One award each may be provided to a student, staff, and/or faculty member on an annual basis. A subcommittee of the Diversity Committee will determine the awardees from the nominations received.

Awards will be presented at the College of Education Staff Appreciation and Diversity spring lunch on Thursday, April 20,2017.

Past Awards Recipients

Amy Bennett, staff
William Coghill-Behrends, faculty
Yunkyoung Loh Garrison, grad student
Jason Harshman, faculty

Cindy Ann Kilgo, grad student
Debora Liddell, faculty
Evans Ocholo, staff

Jodi Linley, faculty
Volker Thomas, faculty

Cassie Barnhardt, faculty
William Liu, faculty

Carolyn Colvin, faculty
Stewart Ehly, faculty

Mitchell Kelly, faculty
Jan Warren, staff

Malik Henfield, faculty
Anna Marie Guengerich, staff

Gregory Hamot, faculty
David Tingwald, staff

Saba Rasheed Ali, faculty
Cristina Cardenas, staff

Dennis Harper, faculty
Rebecca Anthony, staff

Donald Yarbrough, faculty
David Lippe, staff

Sherry Watt, faculty
Sue Cline, staff

Scott McNabb, faculty
Laurie Croft, staff

Debora Liddell, faculty
Daushen Ju, staff

William Liu, faculty
Judith Brewer, staff

Scott McNabb, faculty
Jan Warren, staff

Diversity Calendar 2018-2019


Thursday, August 30, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., N111 Conference Room (N110 LC)
Thursday, September 27, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., N111 Conference Room (N110 LC)
Thursday, October 25, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., N111 Conference Room (N110 LC)
Thursday, November 29, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m., N111 Conference Room (N110 LC)


Friday, January 25, 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., TLC Commons (N110 LC)
Thursday, February 28, 10:00 a.m., N111 conference room (N110 LC)
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., TLC PDA (N110 LC)