Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Graduate College is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive educational experience for all of our graduate students from recruitment through graduation.

Welcome to the Graduate College at the University of Iowa!

Dean John KellerAs dean of the graduate college and associate provost for graduate and professional education, I am pleased to say that we remain committed to fostering a welcoming environment for graduate student populations that are historically underserved and underrepresented in higher education including those with disabilities, racial/ethnic minorities, first generation students, low income students, members of the LGBTQ+ community, military/veteran-affiliated students, and of all religious backgrounds.

Indeed, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is a core value of the Graduate College. As part of the President’s Cabinet and Council of Deans in (Spring of 2019), I joined my colleagues in reaffirming our commitment to excellence through DEI.

As stated in the university’s DEI Action Plan, "The University of Iowa’s status as a premier research university depends on the robust exchange of ideas. The diversity of our students, faculty, and staff helps us fulfill our mission to explore, discover, create, and engage. Thus, we are committed to supporting every Hawkeye’s pursuit of excellence. As we enhance the breadth and depth of our perspectives, we purposefully prepare for our future. Our ability to foster an equitable and inclusive environment for all who join the UI family will determine our collective success. We eagerly accept this challenge. At the UI, we achieve excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion.”

John C. Keller
Associate Provost for Graduate and Professional Education
Dean of the Graduate College