Welcome from Liz Mendez-Shannon, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Welcome from Liz Mendez-Shannon, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We invite you to explore how the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) fosters a sense of community through our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Please navigate this page to learn how our college is actively promoting an inclusive environment and strives to build a stronger infrastructure for creating a vibrant community.


Student cultural houses

The Afro House is a safe space for Black students, where they can feel welcomed and at home.

Afro House-advised student groups

Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC) is a space for affirming and healing student identities affiliated with the center, and a space for fellowship and community building.

Latin Native American Cultural Center (LNACC) fosters a sense of belonging, where students can authentically engage with their personal, academic, cultural, emotional, and spiritual identities in a safe, trusting, loving, non-competitive, non-judgmental, yet challenging space.

Pride House supports student success and holistic wellness by providing a nurturing and affirming space for our LGBTQ students.

DEI events

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Discover Study Abroad-Summer 2024

Tuesday, July 23, 2024 12:30pm to 1:00pm
Would you like to study abroad during your time at the University of Iowa, but don't know where to start? Attend our weekly Virtual Discover Study Abroad info sessions to learn how study abroad works and find the right international opportunity for you!

Digital Accessibility Summer Camp: Using Free Tools to Support Digital Accessibility

Thursday, July 25, 2024 10:00am to 11:30am
Accessibility testing can help you to identify and correct accessibility barriers in your websites, documents, and other technologies. In this session, we will look at free tools and techniques you can use to identify and address basic accessibility issues. Participants are invited to follow along as T.M. Weissenberger demos accessibility testing tools for Office documents, PDFs, SiteNow web content, Canvas/ICON content types, and more. This session can help you add a coherent testing strategy...
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Junior Learn to Row Series - Session 2

Monday, July 29, 2024 9:00am to 11:00am
Beckwith Boathouse
Learn to Row this Summer! 4-day series. Ages 12+.
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DEI news

An update on CLAS DEI initiatives

Friday, December 15, 2023
Take a moment to review some of the DEI initiatives happening in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences including the action plan, working groups, funding, and more.

CLAS staff honored during 2023 recognition celebration and awards ceremony

Tuesday, June 20, 2023
CLAS staff members were recognized with Staff Leadership, Professional Development, Staff Excellence Awards, and DEI awards.

Creating space at the table

Thursday, December 15, 2022
Sara Sanders, Liz Mendez-Shannon, and Liz Tovar gathered to discuss unity and belonging—and how these spaces can help the college make progress on DEI issues.