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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.

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2015 Diversity Town Hall Presentation

Location: Commons 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 Commons Ballroom.


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.


UNI-NCBI Spring Semester Opportunities

UNI-NCBI is a team of volunteer students, staff and faculty who have been certified by the National Coalition Building Institute to facilitate workshops and provide leadership to infuse NCBI principles of building diversity inclusion across campus.

45-minute NCBI preview/orientation

Available upon request for classes, departments, campus organizations and/or programs. Provides an interactive introduction to the one-day workshop and the NCBI approach to diversity inclusion. Facilitated by members of the new Student Coalition Builders Association and NCBI members.

Leadership for Diversity Inclusion Day Workshop

o Tuesday, February 10
o Friday April 10
Both are 9-4 p.m., lunch and snacks provided

Controversial Issues Half-Day Workshop

o Thursday, January 29, 1-5 p.m., snacks provided
o Monday, March 9, 9-1 p.m., snacks provided

Click here for more information about NCBI Events. 


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.


Diversity Mini-Grants available

Diversity Grants are awarded by the Diversity 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. Anyone enrolled at UNI or working at the institution may apply for up to $1,500 to support diversity-related projects and initiatives. For more information about mini-grants, please click here.  To access the mini-grant application, please click here. 


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.


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, emailoipevents@uni.edu.