The University of Iowa has a proud tradition of celebrating diversity.
University of Iowa Firsts
- The first public university in the country to admit women and men on an equal basis (1855)
- One of the first public U.S. universities to grant a law degree to a woman (Mary B. Hickey Wilkinson, 1873), to grant a law degree to an African American (G. Alexander Clark, 1879), and to put an African American on a varsity athletic squad (Frank Kinney Holbrook, 1895)
- In 1907 Iowa had the nation's first female college newspaper editor
- Iowa was the first university with a program to rehabilitate children with disabilities
- First tax-supported college to establish a school of religion
- First Big Ten institution to promote an African American to an administrative vice president’s position (Dr. Philip Hubbard, promoted in 1966)
- The first state-university to officially recognize the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Allied Union (1970)
- Iowa became the first public university in the country to offer insurance benefits to employees' domestic partners (1993)
Minority Enrollment—Fall 2013
Minority enrollment comprises 13.6 percent of the total enrollment:
- African American 2.7%
- Asian 3.4%
- Hispanic 5.2%
- Native American 0.2%
- Native Hawaiian 0.1%
- Two or more races 2%
12 percent of the student body are international students representing 114 foreign countries.
Center for Diversity and Enrichment
The Center for Diversity and Enrichment brings together under one umbrella a variety of programs, offices and services that work to create a welcoming climate for students, staff and faculty from communities underrepresented in higher education. More...
Office of Graduate Inclusion
The Office of Graduate Inclusion is working to build a sustainable practice of inclusion to attract and keep top underrepresented graduate scholars campus wide. The office seeks to build community and involve faculty in recruiting and mentoring efforts. More...