DEI Ecosystem

What is a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Ecosystem?

A system of interconnected initiatives formed by the intentional and purposeful collaboration of affiliates of Iowa State University. The advantage of the ecosystem model is that diversity and inclusion initiatives function seamlessly throughout the organization while retain­ing the creative and unique elements with regard to individual­ized scope and impact. The diversity and inclusion ecosystem model at Iowa State University is comprised of seven components:

Strong Leadership:
Both diversity and inclusion are essential to Iowa State University’s future. What defines our work is an ongoing need to address decades old national challenges while cultivating new initiatives that more accurately reflect our changing world. This will be a perpetual work in progress. Strong leadership is exemplified by humility, empathy, conviction and resolve.

Motivated Students:
Students are the catalyst of change. Using a combination of logic, reason, emotion, passion and conviction ISU students aim to promote individual responsibility for both online words and interpersonal actions. The ability to think critically has long been a hallmark of a hard earned college education and progress requires an equal combination of strategy and sacrifice. Every ISU students is accountable and each is expected to contribute their unique talents to the betterment of Iowa State University.

Dedicated Staff:
ISU prides itself on being the most student-centered public research university. A focal point of the 2017-2022 strategic plan is a call to cultivate and improve upon the “ISU Experience” for historically underrepresented students. A combination of comprehensive vetting during the applicant process, organizational imperatives communicated through onboarding, consistent trainings in the areas of cultural competency/humility, educational/social justice and EO, ADA and Title IX compliance should be used to compliment both national and local discipline-specific ongoing education and professional development.

Engaged Faculty:
Faculty members are the core of a quality of a higher education institution. The strength of the faculty at ISU is that they come from a diverse composition of backgrounds both academically and culturally providing a world class education from a myriad of perspectives. The faculty are the foundation on which each new generation of scholars and practitioners are built and as such, they are the practical and ethical drives of social, cultural and environmental change

Progressive Aspirants:
The definition of what it means to be a Cyclone should be communicated to all prospective students, faculty, staff and administrators. Prospective students must be made aware that there is an expectation of maturity and civility, prospective faculty and staff must be made aware of their role in the creation and cultivation of constructive work and learning environments, and prospective administrators must demonstrate prior leadership success incorporating diversity and inclusion into their respective leadership or managerial unit(s).

Salient Community Partnerships:
Paramount in maintaining stability in diversity and inclusion efforts is the integration of business, local and state government, health and human services, k-16 initiatives, law enforcement, faith-based organizations, and diverse familial constructs. Goals for partnerships may be focused in a number of directions, however, central to the partnership is a mutually beneficial agreement to evaluate and reexamine efforts to avoid stagnation.

Invested Alumni:
ISU alumni are necessary to enhance and cultivate an experience where all students, faculty, staff, and friends feel welcomed, supported, included, and valued. Each of the more than 266,837 alums from more than 150 countries has a different background, perspective, and experience at Iowa State University. This multitude of global perspectives and experiences are the foundation to connect invested alumni and drive powerful change through current students, campus partners and in their own communities.