Joining the Journey to Unity

Journey to Unity

Progress is one of many words used to describe positive movement on a journey toward a goal. In the previous twelve months, progress in many of the journeys we are on has been more difficult. On the journey to equality, the instances of racial and social injustice witnessed in 2020 proved that our communities, institutions, and country must commit to a journey to unity to make further progress toward equality.

On January 25, 2021, Dr. Liz Tovar, the Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, released the results of the 2020 Campus Climate Survey. In addition to the results, Dr. Tovar encouraged campus members to watch ‘Journey to Unity’ and join the University of Iowa to make progress in achieving a more unified and respectful community.

UISRM is committed to join and contribute to UI’s journey to unity. At the beginning of 2020, the program created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee who ensured that topics surrounding DEI were prominent in the 2020 UISRM Symposium's live and recorded sessions.

Currently, the committee is working with the Health and Human Physiology department to have all faculty complete the Building University of Iowa Leadership for Diversity certification. Also, the committee will work with students to support UISRM Club members in exploring and enacting change through DEI initiatives on campus and within the industry that are important to students.

Lastly, thanks to the support of alumni, faculty, students, and friends of UISRM who give generously to support the program through the UI Center for Advancement, the program awarded seven Diversity Scholarships to support the achievement of academic goals by students from marginalized or underrepresented groups. Comments from SRM Program Diversity Scholarship recipients are below.

Danita BrownDanita Brown – SRM student (third year, left)
“I work three jobs: women’s soccer team manager, membership service desk attendant at the Hawkeye Tennis and Recreation Complex, and a center programming assistant at the Pride Alliance Center. I am also an active member of Black Student Union and the Sport and Recreation Management Club. This scholarship means more to me than words can express…I now can focus more on my classes.”

chris mcphetridgeChris McPhetridge – SRM student (fourth year right)
“I plan to put this scholarship towards textbooks, school supplies and paying back some of my spring semester student loans…I can now use that extra time and money to study and better my education in the SRM program.”

Sabrinna HegelheimerSabrinna Hegelheimer – SRM student (fourth year, left)
“I am extremely thankful for the opportunities the Sport and Recreation Management program and Iowa have provided me.  During my time at Iowa, I have participated in SRM practicum courses that have given me the opportunity to learn about communication, teamwork, and organization.”

Dylan ConnollyDylan Connolly – SRM student (master’s program, right) 
“I aspire to one day become an athletic director at a smaller school…This scholarship will help me by limiting my student loan debt and reducing the hours I must work at part-time jobs.”

Jasmine Mayes BrowningJasmine Mayes-Browning – SRM student (master’s program, left)
“Being a student in the Sport and Recreation Management program has been such an honor. Every professor, mentor, and colleague I work with believes in me and always pushes me to do my best. I have not only learned a lot about myself but have gained so much professional development experience through class projects/presentations, networking events, and practicums.

Griffin FellowsGriffin Fellows – SRM student (master’s program, and alumnus of the undergraduate program, right)
“I know my family is as grateful as I am to receive this scholarship, and we appreciate all that the Iowa SRM program and community has done in helping develop my academic and professional career the past 4 years… It means a lot to me to be reminded that this department is so student-focused, and I’m excited to keep learning and growing as a person in this program.”

Haley MullinnixHaley Mullinnix – SRM student (fourth year, left)
“I have only been a member of the SRM Program for a semester and a half, but it has already helped me obtain an internship with the Chicago Dogs Minor League Baseball Team…This program has shown me that I chose a school that fits me best, as it has provided challenges and knowledge that have only made me a better student and person. It has also provided me with some great network connections for my future, as well as some friends that will last a lifetime.”

While progress on the journey to unity will be difficult at times and possibly slower than is needed, UISRM is committed to serving students and enacting change for a more diverse and inclusive campus, community, and industry.


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