Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Our primary focus within the Division of Student Affairs is student academic success. Knowing that students do their best when they have the right support and resources, we develop programming and services to guide them through their academic careers. Across the Division of Student Affairs, we offer multiple opportunities to engage, educate, and discuss the critical topics of multiple identities. 

We know that we at Iowa State are not immune to racism, sexism, heterosexism, ageism, ableism, classism, xenophobia, religious prejudice, and other forms of oppression. We own that there are injustices in our society and that it is our role within Student Affairs to help dismantle these injustices as we support our students and foster pathways for their success.

Recent Initiatives

We expect everyone in Student Affairs to be an active participant in positively impacting our campus culture. As such, we will be engaging in the following work in Fall 2020:

  • Finalizing language that will be added to all division staff performance evaluation templates that will support and enhance our individual and collective learning regarding social justice. This will include an annual expectation to participate in associated professional development. We appreciate our colleagues in the office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion for their assistance in shaping this language.
  • We are asking all staff to complete the Managing Bias training available through Learn@ISU. Please complete this training by October 1, 2020. 

Members of the division have been meeting with student leaders who have a direct stake in the current national and campus climate, to understand the needs and ways to impact change on our university climate.

Sharron Evans, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, is reinvigorating the Demonstration Safety Team to support student and campus advocacy needs.

Pete Englin, Associate Vice President for Campus Life and Director of Residence and his team are in the process of hiring a Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Campus Life.

Staff across the division continue to serve in campus collaborations to review and challenge current processes and policies to create systemic change.

A Statement of Care was sent to Students after the recent traumatic killing of George Floyd and the ongoing nationwide protests.

Opportunities to Learn

Student Affairs Diversity Events Calendarwww.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/calendar

NCORE – ISCORE Projectwww.iscore.iastate.edu
The Thomas L. Hill Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity (ISCORE) is a comprehensive forum on issues of race and ethnicity at Iowa State University and beyond. The local conference* is designed to model the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education (NCORE).

The Spark
The Spark is a weekly email series that will serve as on-going training for Iowa State University faculty and staff on working with multicultural students.

University Training at Learn@ISU | Go to Learn@ISU and search “bias” for several presentations and training. 

Past Division-wide Presentationswww.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/professionaldevelopment

Taking Our Learning to Action

Serve on the Division of Student Affairs Diversity & Inclusion Committeewww.studentaffairs.iastate.edu/committees

Present to other staff | The SVPSA Diversity & Inclusion Committee is announcing a professional development series to provide division employees the opportunity to engage in educational discussions and presentations centered on diversity and inclusion. To submit a proposal fill out the form at this link: bit.ly/DIProposal

Student Affairs Diversity and Inclusion Reports

Submissions for the 2020-2021 Diversity and Inclusion Report can be made at this link: http://bit.ly/DICollection