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2015 Diversity Matters Award Winners

Diversity Matters Award Winners

Back, from left: Mike Licari, Harry Brod, Tom Kessler, Speaker Heather Hackman, Kathy Peters, President Ruud Front, from left: Heather Place, Walter Abrego, Deborah Gallagher, Kristi Marchesani

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Students Studying
UNI President Bill Ruud with students

Diversity Mini Grants Available!

Diversity Grants are awarded by the Diversity and Inclusion Council to UNI projects and events that enhance awareness of and education about issues of diversity at UNI. Diversity Grants align with the definition, mission and vision of diversity at UNI.  At UNI, diversity describes the rich differences that people bring to the University of Northern Iowa community.  It can refer broadly to culture, identity and ideology, or more specifically to age, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, ability, gender identity, socioeconomic status, political affiliation, marital status, national origin, or veteran status.Projects and events that specifically address these rich differences, that work to create a more welcoming community, and that prepare students to thrive in a diverse, global environment are encouraged. 

In accordance with Diversity and Inclusion Council goals for the 2015-16 academic year, grants targeting efforts to retain students of color at the University will be given first priority.

For the application, click here.

Diversity Matters Award Winners

Back, from left:  Mike Licari, Harry Brod, Tom Kessler, Speaker Heather Hackman, Kathy Peters, President Ruud
Front, from left:  Heather Place, Walter Abrego, Deborah Gallagher, Kristi Marchesani

Winners of the Diversity Matters Award were announced on January 21 at the Seventh Annual Diversity Town Hall.  Award winners were: 

  • Walter Abrego, Senior, Communications major
  • Harry Brod, Professor, Sociology, Anthropology, & Criminology
  • Deborah Gallagher, Professor, Special Education
  • Thomas Kessler, Bibliographer & Associate Professor, Library
  • Kristi Marchesani, Assistant Director Admissions International Relations, Office of Admissions
  • Kathy Peters, Academic Learning Support & Retention Coordinator, Academic Learning Center
  • Heather Place, Graduate Assistant, Dean of Students

UNI makes “Best for Vets”

2015 Military Times Best for Vets College

Military Times has announced that UNI is among those institutions chosen for its Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings.      

The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members. The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.

NISG creates Diversity Matters Fund for student organizations

The Diversity Matters Fund was created to provide a new, unique and flexible funding source to collaborating UNI student organizations, and to supplement those monies already available from other sources.

Update your International Profile:

Faculty and staff are invited to update the international field in the Professional Interest Database. This database allows the campus community to search for faculty and staff with certain interest or expertise in a county or geographical location. To add, delete or edit your information, email

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History

Latino Americans: 500 Years of History, a public programming initiative for libraries and other cultural organizations, will support exploration of the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos, who have helped shape the United States over the last five centuries and who have become, with more than 50 million people, the country's largest minority group.

The Rod Library, along with a number of other campus and community organizations, will be hosting a year long series of events celebrating Latino American culture and contributions in the United States. 

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded Rod Library a grant for $10,000 as part of "Latino Americans: 500 Years of History."  With support from the NEH and the American Library Association, Rod Library is one of 200 sites, and one of only four in Iowa, that received funding.  The money is provided to host public programs that celebrate the rich and varied history and experiences of Latino Americans.  The cornerstone of the project is a 6-part PBS documentary from 2013, which we also received a copy of as part of the grant.  A number of events are scheduled as part of this.  Additional information, including event details, can be found at