Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Tippie College of Business disavows racism, cruelty, and violence in any form. We are committed to being a place where members of our community feel valued—where we lift each other up, rather than tear each other down. We are unwavering in our commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) through our people, our practices, and our programs. Read the full message from our dean.

The University of Iowa is a place where all people should feel safe and included. We strive to be a welcoming campus where hate and racism are not accepted. See an open letter to our university community on anti-Asian harm by Dr. Liz Tovar, Executive Officer and Associate Vice President, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Dr. Russell Ganim, Associate Provost, Dean of International Programs, and the The University of Iowa Pan Asian Council.

Tippie Monday Memoir

Julie Alexander

Monday, May 2, 12:00 p.m. CDT

Our storyteller is Julie Alexander, who is a Lecturer in the Frank Business Communication Center. Julie is an alumna of the University of Colorado and received her BA with honors in Communication and Film Studies and her MA with high distinction in Communication and Media Studies. She has taught and worked as faculty and administrative staff at both 2-year and 4-year higher education institutions, and taught as an adjunct instructor for many years. She has also worked in the private sector for global organizations, including a Fortune 500 company, with a specialty in establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion in work environments and workforces. Julie’s areas of interest include communication, media, parasocial relationships, organizational behavior, and inclusive leadership. She has traveled to the United Kingdom, Thailand, China, Italy, Colombia, and France and she hopes to help other students have the ability to go abroad.

Please mark your calendars and join us via Zoom.

Tippie DEI Action Plan

To live up to our commitment, we have adopted an action plan intended to increase diversity and inclusion, and foster equity in outcomes. We will deliver on our vision by:

All of these efforts are contained within one over-arching plan, the DEI Action Plan.

See the DEI Action Plan

Featured DEI Initiatives


Tippie’s BizEdge community is a program created for students of color and first-generation students to help them thrive throughout their collegiate experience. A continuation of the Gateway Summer Program for high school juniors, BizEdge supports business undergraduates through mentorship, scholarships, networking, alumni events and more.

Over 20 scholarships were awarded to BizEdge members in 2019 alone, as well as many internship opportunities. The program also provides opportunities for students to connect with and learn from each other through the BizEdge Mentorship program.

Dore Emerging Women Leaders Program

The Dore Emerging Women Leaders Program is part of the Dore-Tippie Women’s Leadership Program at the Tippie College of Business. We inducted our inaugural class of Emerging Women Leaders in 2020-2021, and we will be admitting our next class of 25 Emerging Leaders in fall 2022.

Eligible Prospective Incoming Students: High-potential women entering Tippie as direct admit students from high school

What you will receive: A $250 scholarship in the fall and $250 in the spring, contingent upon fulfilling program expectations. Participants will be asked to participate in leadership building activities during the fall and spring semesters and to write short reflections about their experiences.

Eligible students will be invited to a summer virtual orientation event in July to learn more. Reach out to Faculty Director Professor Beth Livingston for more information.

Student Story
Anibal Mares Marquez

“I was never pushed to think of myself at a higher level. But the Tippie Gateway program gave me the confidence to dream bigger.”

Get Involved

Tippie offers numerous opportunities to take part in our DEI mission through service, student organizations, mentorship opportunities, and events.

Events & Opportunities

BizEdge Mentors

A mentoring program designed to help students of color and first-generation business undergraduates support and empower each other.

DEI Ambassadors

Ambassadors assist the Undergraduate Program Office in the coordination and advocacy of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

Students in the Gateway Program during a business visit

A free, on-campus summer experience that gives underrepresented high school juniors an opportunity to learn about business majors.

Tippie buddy students

Connects international and American students to share cultures and build friendships.

Woman presenting at black in business event

A series of programs designed to broaden the perspectives of Black students and expose them to mentorship opportunities.

Student Organizations

Reaching OUT in Business student members

Promotes professional development, provides support, and creates a welcoming environment for LGBTQ and ally students.

Women in Business student members

Offers networking events, summits, and leadership opportunities to support the success of women at Tippie. 

Female students in discussion

Empowers women in finance by providing workshops, discussions, and speakers who can help members navigate their options within the field of finance.

Greater China Business Association students

Provides training, resources, and networking opportunities to educate students on American-Chinese business relations, etiquette, and trends.

Tippie student

”As part of the Multicultural Business Student Association, we put on a Diversity in Business Summit. It was one of the moments that I thought, ‘This is going to matter.’” ~ Alejandro Murguia Ortiz, BBA Management