The College of Education’s Building Community Committee Statement on Inclusion and Community

As members of the College of Education, we are dedicated to building a strong, inclusive community. We will work proactively and intentionally to cultivate an environment where dialogues across differences are embraced and where a wide diversity of human expression is valued.

The College of Education embraces the strengths and the challenges of interacting across difference. *“Difference is having dissimilar opinions, experiences, ideologies, epistemologies and/or constructions of reality about self, society, and/or identity”. We are a community.

We will intentionally seek out opportunities to create a culture whereby the inclusion of differences in opinion, experiences, ideology, and identity are thoughtfully invited and used to inform our interactions as well as our teaching, research, and service.

We will stand in solidarity against any ideals and behaviors that aim to exclude, discriminate, or silence members of our community.

We will accomplish this by:

  • Supporting students, staff, and faculty experiencing threats both covert and overt so they will not feel alone: You are not alone;
  • Using our scholarship, resources and knowledge to inform and expand policy and public opinion on issues related to race, racism and hate-based violence in educational settings from K-12, higher education, local community and the larger national and international community;
  • Finding ways to value similarities, communicate across differences, and respect constructive conflict;
  • Holding ourselves and our College accountable to address all forms of oppression that dehumanize or objectify any member of the Hawkeye community.

The faculty, staff, and students of the College of Education will work toward living up to our values and we resolve to make our commitments known toward these ends.


*Watt, S. K. (2013). Designing and implementing multicultural initiatives: Guiding principles. In S. K. Watt, J. Linley (Eds.), Creating successful multicultural initiatives in higher education and student affairs (New Directions for Student Services, No. 144, pp. 5-16). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

*The Building Community Committee would like to say a special thank you to Barry Schreier, Director of University Counseling Center and Saba Ali, Faculty in Counseling Psychology for initiating this statement.