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The Office of Graduate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (Grad-DEI)

The Office of Graduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Grad-DEI) at Iowa is committed to fostering a welcoming environment for graduate student populations that are historically underserved and underrepresented in higher education.

Grad-DEI is dedicated to supporting the outreach, recruitment, retention, and success of underrepresented graduate students by hosting workshops, providing spaces, and creating opportunities to grow. 

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Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

The Graduate College’s Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) is an award-winning eight-week immersion program designed to provide underrepresented undergraduate students with in-depth research experiences. SROP is a gateway to graduate education in a Big Ten Academic Alliance Initiative at the University of Iowa.

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Report a Concern

The University of Iowa's Office of Institutional Equity is the central receiving agency for any reports regarding discrimination in three major categories:

 - Sexual harassment/misconduct; Title IX, or gender discrimination gender 

 - Discrimination, harassment, or ADA

 - Equal employment, affirmative action, or harassment prevention education

Visit the Division of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion website to learn more about how to file a complaint or receive support for any concerns.

Upcoming Events

Microbiology and Immunology Seminar: Dr. Nathan Schmidt, PhD

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Bowen Science Building
Contact Kerry Jones (kerry-jones@uiowa.edu) with questions.  Gut microbiota dynamically regulate germinal center reactions and severity of malaria Nathan Schmidt, PhD Associate Professor Indiana University School of Medicine  
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Economic Development as Social Justice — An Obermann Conversation

Thursday, December 2, 2021 7:00pm to 8:00pm
This summer, a new Story Map of Black-owned businesses in Johnson County was created. It connects users to a rich and ever-growing directory of businesses and entrepreneurs in the eastern Iowa corridor and challenges us to understand the connection between economic opportunities and social justice. Our speakers will help us understand historic barriers faced by BIPOC people interested in starting a business, and why tearing down these barriers matters to all of us. Speakers: Daria Fisher Page…

Extracellular vesicles in obesity

Friday, December 3, 2021 10:45am to 12:00pm
Young-Eun Cho, PhD College of Nursing, The University of Iowa


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The History of National Latinx/a/o Heritage Month

Thursday, September 30, 2021
National Latinx/a/o Month is September 15 - October 15 every year. Learn about how this celebratory month was formally recognized by the U.S. government and who the month celebrates.
John Jepsen

An inside study on federal Indian law and mineral rights

Monday, April 27, 2020
John Jepsen's research focuses on the post-war period (1945 to present) when commercial oil drilling began in the North Dakota, home of the Fort Berthold Reservation.
Dwain Coleman

UI grad student sheds light on the history of black Iowans in the state

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Coleman's award-winning master's thesis focused on how African-American soldiers built a unique community in Newton following the Civil War.

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