Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of who we are. Our commitment to these values is unwavering, across all of our work.

We believe that the cause of diversity and inclusion benefits immeasurably from the acquisition of foreign languages and from the experience of other cultures that foreign languages make possible.

We strive to generate and disseminate knowledge and understanding about the languages, literatures and cultures of France, the Francophone world, Italy, and parts of the Middle East and Africa.

We are committed to connecting our work to the peoples who speak French, Italian, Arabic and Swahili in the state of Iowa.

We strive to foster an inclusive community and to create spaces where individuals (students, staff, and instructors) are valued and included, regardless of ethnicity, race, class, gender, religion, sexuality, national or indigenous origins, documented status, ability, service history, or political views.

We aim at continuing to develop our pedagogical practices to serve, support, include and retain students from diverse backgrounds and with diverse needs.

The Global Critical Literacies statement also encompasses our vision of DEI.

The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fundamental to the mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, as we conduct our work in the context of the whole of humanity.

  • In our teaching, we draw on, explore, and question every facet of human experience and understanding.
  • In our scholarship, scientific inquiry, and artistry, we create new knowledge and insight, reflecting and shaping the cultures and societies in which human lives unfold.
  • In our service to Iowans, we collaborate with communities to solve critical problems arising from inequity.

DEI values are inseparable from those of the liberal arts tradition. To fully realize our college’s critical mission of advancing human understanding within that tradition, we must actualize these values in every aspect of our decision-making and every area of our academic community.