The University of Iowa and the Graduate College are committed to an inclusive educational experience for all graduate students. There are many cross-campus resources that provide support and community for the diverse student body at the University of Iowa.
The Graduate College also offers diversity initiatives that are focused on supporting students from backgrounds that have been historically underrepresented in graduate programs. This includes students from racial and ethnic minority groups, women in some science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, and first-generation college students.
This commitment starts early with programs that provide underrepresented undergraduate students opportunities to learn about and prepare for graduate studies. The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP), a Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) initiative that is administered and supported by the Graduate College, provides undergraduate students from underrepresented minority and first-generation backgrounds with research experience and preparation for the graduate application process. The University of Iowa College of Medicine hosts the PREP (Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program) that provides recent bachelors’ degree recipients from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical fields with a one-year preparation program developed to enhance the participants' options for graduate school.
The Graduate College's Office of Graduate Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides community and support for URM graduate students from the application/exploration process through matriculation and ultimately graduation. Staff are student advocates and also help educate campus about the critical role of diversity in graduate education and research. Opportunities for students from underrepresented groups include internal and external fellowships that provide financial support for graduate students and are offered on a competitive basis.
The Graduate College is a collaborative partner in several externally funded initiatives, including the AGEP:The CIC Professorial Advancement Initiative, focused on increasing participation of URM students in the professoriate; Diversity Initiative for Minority Attrition and Completion (DIMAC) effort to collect data on URM doctoral graduate students in STEM fields; and CIRTL, a Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) initiative focused on preparing a national faculty for broadening the success of URM 2-Year and 4-year STEM students.
The Graduate College is proud to be a key partner in local and national efforts to recruit, support, and retain talented graduate students from diverse backgrounds and identities. We encourage you to read about the University of Iowa’s strategic plan, programming, and campus resources related to diversity, and join us as we collaborate with campus to support inclusive excellence.