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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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
Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Diversity Matters Award Nomination

The Diversity Council is accepting nominations for the 2015 Diversity Matters Award.  This award is presented annually in recognition of dedication and service to the University of Northern Iowa in advancement of its diversity-related goals.  Those eligible include faculty, staff, students and community members.  Recommendations for the award are made to the President who makes the final selection. Deadline for nominations is midnight Monday, January 5, 2015.

Download the Nomination Form   PDF   Word

Monday, December 15, 2014

2015 Diversity Town Hall Presentation

Location: Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom

Diversity Matters Awards will be presented at the Town Hall Meeting on Diversity.  The seventh annual event will be held on Wednesday, January 21, 2015, from 2:00 to 5:00pm.  A Diversity Fair will precede the event from 1:30 – 2:00pm.  Both events will be the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Guest Lecturer: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Location: Lang Hall-Auditorium

Date: Tuesday, July 27, 7 p.m.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research on Black Culture of the New York Public Library. His book, The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America, discusses the emergence of the deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals in contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants. Muhammad will also be speaking at 3:30 p.m. at an informal book discussion prior to his keynote address.

Monday, December 15, 2014

UNI makes “Best for Vets”

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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

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 2016-17 academic year, grants targeting efforts to retain students of color at the University will be given first priority.

For the application, click here.

Monday, December 15, 2014

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.

Monday, December 15, 2014

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 oipevents@uni.edu.

Monday, December 15, 2014

We Can Do Better

We Can Do Better

UNI has come together in response to a series of racist, sexist, anti-semitic, and homophobic posts to social media. Please visit the Solidarity page for information and events that will better our community.