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 ( 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)