Diversity & Inclusion


Diversity & Inclusion Special Event

LGBTQ Education and Training (Safe Zone and Sport Safe)

Nationally-known speaker, Nevin Caple, delivers her keynote presentation to more than 250 student-athletes and athletic department staff. In her interactive presentation organized by the Student-Athletic Academic Services staff, attendees learned how to leverage their personal platform as campus leaders to champion respect across differences.

Other Ongoing Events

Associate Athletic Director, Liz Tovar (front) joins a group of student-athletes in attending a presentation and lecture by the American actor and rapper, Common (formerly Common Sense). Common is the founder of the Common Ground Foundation, a non-profit that seeks to empower underprivileged youth to be strong citizens and citizens of the world. The foundation includes programs dedicated to leadership development & empowerment, educational development, and creative expression.

There are many other special events held throughout the year including Hawk Cop. Members of the Iowa city Police Department and UI Department of Public Safety meet student-athletes regularly for a lunch and learn opportunity during the spring semester. Other events include:

  • Mentorship opportunities (Hawkeye Connections)

  • Community Outreach (Holiday Adopt-A-Family)

  • Mental Health Awareness (Navigating Emotional Wellness)

  • Campus Collaboration (End of Year Cookout)

  • Voter Rights Education (Rise to Vote and Johnson County Auditor)


Iowa Athletics Department Diversity and Inclusion Plan


The UI Senior Administration is committed to a path forward in creating a welcoming environment for all. The plan outlines ambitious goals in all areas of the department including recruitment, employment, retention, graduation and much more. To read the goals, action items and indicators of success, click here for more information.


Multicultural Focus Group (MFG)

The Multicultural Focus Group (MFG) is a robust Hawkeye committee that strives to offer minority student-athletes a safe and welcoming place to discuss issues and promote a sense of unity. These students participated in a community services project by adopting underserved families during the holiday season.