Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Iowa State
What is DEI?
Commitment to fostering a climate in all the ways people differ, including primary and secondary characteristics* in a welcoming environment (Measurement for success and opportunities: IPEDS, enrollment data, graduation rates).
*Refer to the diversity wheel (primary is internal and secondary is external), Loden, M.
Commitment to fostering a climate where all individuals have access and opportunity to fully participate in the educational and working environment.
Measurement for success and opportunities: campus climate survey, exit interviews (HR, & Provost/FA), transfers (Athletes & Admissions), reaccreditation (HLC), program outcomes/feedback, bias reports, equity/civil rights reports, reasonable accommodations feedback (services and academic - learning outcomes), advocacy services, counseling & wellness services, benefits, center for teaching and learning opportunities.
Commitment to fostering a climate where all individuals have a sense of belonging* through support and respect to fully participate in the educational and working environment.
Measurement for success and opportunities: Campus climate survey, exit interviews, learning outcomes, program feedback, absenteeism reports, curriculum, student organizations, faculty/staff associations, Greek Life membership, multicultural/identify.
*The construct goes beyond national or cultural identity, instead emphasizing the dynamic processes of emotional attachment. Reviewing the substantial theoretical literature on belonging, we identify four of its key elements: connection, participation, identification, and congruence.
News and Events
Sharon Perry Fantini was named vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion, assuming her duties on Jan. 18, 2022.
Across Iowa State University, individuals are working together in innovative ways to make our campus a welcoming and inclusive place. Read the stories to learn how these efforts are making a collective difference in helping all members of the ISU community feel supported, included and valued.
Vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion Sharon Perry Fantini shares insights to help the university community better understand the significance of events, issues or observances happening locally and globally.