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Diversity Matters

Diversity and Inclusion Council

For information on the Council and a list of members, click here.

For a list of Diversity Advisory Committee members, click here.


The Diversity Matters Award

The Diversity Matters Awards are presented annually at the Town Hall Meeting on Diversity. We encourage those interested to please nominate individuals or groups who have made exemplary contributions to this significant campus-wide effort.

For information on previous winners, please click here

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New Diversity Council formed

I am pleased to announce the formation of the University of Northern Iowa Diversity Council. The Diversity Council will report to me and is responsible for providing the leadership and coordination necessary to achieve the diversity-related goals of the university. Terry Hogan, Vice President for Student Affairs, has agreed to serve as chair of this council for fiscal year 2009.

Council members will be Interim Executive Vice President and Provost James Lubker; Vice President for Administration and Finance Tom Schellhardt; Vice President for Student Affairs Terry Hogan; Vice President for University Advancement Bill Calhoun; NISG Vice President Clarence Lobdell III; Director of Student Support Services Inez Murtha; and Assistant to the President for Compliance and Equity Management Leah Gutknecht.

Responsibility for chairing the Council will rest initially with Terry Hogan, but will rotate in the future among the vice presidents. The council will meet monthly and will provide quarterly updates to my office. It will report annually to myself and the university community.

To ensure broad participation and support for planned initiatives, the council will form and charge a Diversity Advisory Committee, and will appoint a chair who will also serve on the council.

I'd like to thank the council members for their willingness to serve in this capacity. It is important that this council provide leadership to coordinate campus diversity efforts.

President Benjamin Allen
October 2008