Biosciences Program

  • Diversity

    The University of Iowa Roy J. and Lucille A Carver College of Medicine has a strong commitment to diversity, dating back to 1870 when it became the first public institution in the country to admit women. More than 100 years later, the College continues that tradition with the philosophy that diversity is a critical part of the College’s research, education, and clinical care goals. A diverse student body, faculty, staff, and patient population help provide a richer education for all students, better clinical care for all patients, and a more well-rounded research enterprise.

    The College defines diversity in the broadest sense to mean inclusion of all persons, regardless of ethnic and racial background*, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, age, and other attributes+, who contribute to a welcoming, inclusive culture across the enterprise.

    Recently, the College began putting into practice its Strategic Plan for Increasing Diversity that includes specific initiatives for each department. Additionally, the College actively provides opportunities geared toward creating a more inclusive environment, including:

    • Diversity training events and professional development programs
    • Diversity dialogue circles
    • Welcome programs for new students
    • Human Rights Week Events

    We welcome you to The University of Iowa, and encourage you to contact either UI Carver College of Medicine Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives or the Office of Graduate Ethnic Inclusion for more information about our minority recruitment and retention efforts. 

  • *Ethnic and racial diversity includes, but is not limited to, heritage that is African American, Alaska Native, Hawaiian Native, Hispanic American, Native American, and Native of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

    +Other attributes include, but are not limited to, disabilities, veteran status and socio-economic status.