DEI Action Plan

The University of Iowa's Tippie College of Business is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in every aspect of our people, programming, and policies. The following DEI Action Plan provides a detailed set of goals for how we will live up to our promise through critical tasks, relevant actions, and metrics to measure the success of these initiatives.
 

  • Goal #1 - Create and sustain an inclusive and equitable environment
  • Goal #2 - Recruit, retain, and advance people who contribute to creating a diverse community
  • Goal #3 - Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into core academic mission of teaching, research, and service
  • Goal #4 - Enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion accountability, effectiveness, and collaboration

Goal #1: Create and sustain an inclusive and equitable environment

We can meet our diversity, equity, inclusion, and collaboration goal if we create and sustain an inclusive and equitable environment in Tippie by communicating its importance and ensuring that all students, faculty, and staff (including those from underrepresented and marginalized communities) continue to learn about topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Critical tasks Indicators of success

1. Communicate clearly, consistently, and boldly the importance of DEI to Tippie’s mission 

  • DEI messages occur throughout Academic Year 2020-21
  • College-wide faculty-staff DEI event occurs in 2020-2021
  • Continued high profile student-focused DEI events celebrating cultural heritage (Day of the Dead, Lunar New Year, Diwali)

2. Promote awareness of and participation in DEI-related learning opportunities to all Tippie faculty, staff, and students 

  • Increased participation in DEI-related learning and development year over year
  • Increased number of faculty and staff with BUILD and Build our Global Community Certifications

3. Review the physical space of PBB and other Tippie spaces to build a plan for improved accessibility and celebration of differences 

  • Creation of a plan and budget for building improvements to address audit results by 2021
   

Goal #2: Recruit, retain, and advance people who contribute to creating a diverse community

We can meet our diversity, equity, inclusion, & collaboration goal if we enhance the recruitment, retention, and advancement of diverse faculty, administrators, staff, and students in Tippie by increasing our recruitment sources, and increasing mentoring.

Critical tasks Indicators of success
1. Implement research-informed processes to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in employment selection processes
  • Increased diversity in applicant pools
2. Implement research-informed processes to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in recruitment of students (both graduate and undergraduate)
  • Increased diversity of applicant pools 
3. Increase the retention and advancement of diverse faculty, and staff
  • Mentor program pilots reviewed and discussed, and if results merit, a budget and plan for expansion set in 2021.
  • Applicant pools for faculty and staff awards include, everywhere possible, people from diverse and under-represented groups.
4. Increase the retention and academic persistence of students (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Increase in persistence and appropriate graduation rates of diverse students

Goal #3: Integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into core academic mission of teaching, research, and service

We can meet our diversity, equity, inclusion, & collaboration goal if we enhance Tippie’s core academic mission with a focus on DEI by facilitating appropriate course content, encouraging universal design and inclusive teaching practice, and encouraging DEI-related scholarly work.

Critical tasks Indicators of success
1. Audit core Tippie courses for DEI content (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Plan to increase DEI content in each program by 2021
2. Audit research of Tippie faculty for DEI-related publications, presentations, and other forms of scholarly work
  • Plan to increase DEI scholarship by 2021
3. Provide opportunities for faculty to learn about universal learning design and inclusive teaching practices
  • Faculty participation in learning opportunities
  • Documented improvements in syllabi and teaching practices
4. Engage more DEI speakers and guests
  • Increased numbers of speakers from underrepresented backgrounds
  • Increased number of speakers talking about DEI topics

Goal #4: Enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion accountability, effectiveness, and collaboration

We can meet our diversity, equity, inclusion, & collaboration goal if we enhance DEI accountability, effectiveness, and collaboration throughout Tippie by consistently reviewing our progress against clearly articulated goals.

Critical tasks Indicators of success
1. Publicly endorse and implement Tippie’s DEI Plan  
  • Final plan distributed via email and uploaded to Tippie's intranet by summer 2020
  • Annual update by summer 2021
2. Ensure all Tippie employees are held accountable for advancing Tippie DEI goals 
  • Increased number of employees have incorporated their DEI goal and have had discussions with their supervisors by 2021 
3. Institutionalize support via increase funding and clear lines of authority and responsibility 
  • Staffing and budget plan for DEI prepared for 2021