Be a DEI Ambassador

Tippie DEI Ambassadors assist Undergraduate Program Office (UPO) staff in the coordination and maintenance of diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the UPO. DEI Ambassadors would be involved with integrating and advocating for DEI throughout the college. Ambassadors would take on specific roles with BizEdge, Black in Business, or other DEI duties as assigned. Tippie DEI Ambassadors will provide feedback and recommendations to the UPO as it strives to:

  • foster an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcomed and supported
  • attract and retain a diverse and talented student body and staff
  • facilitate timely and equitable degree progress within a rigorous curriculum
  • provide challenging out-of-class experiential learning opportunities.

The role of a DEI Ambassador

  • Raise awareness about the needs of students from underrepresented backgrounds including but not limited to: first generation, marginalized and minority racial and/or ethnic groups, LGBTQIA+, and low income.
  • Create opportunities for students from underrepresented backgrounds to interact and engage with each other
  • Advocate and create safe spaces for students in these populations
  • Foster a smooth transition for students from underrepresented backgrounds – both to Tippie and to the University of Iowa
  • Serve as an advocate for the unique needs of students from underrepresented backgrounds (listen to concerns and assist in solving problems)
  • Provide resources and information to students from underrepresented backgrounds to succeed at Tippie

DEI Ambassadors who focus on BizEdge will support Tippie staff and faculty with the BizEdge Mentoring Program. This position reports to the respective UPO assigned supervisor. DEI Ambassadors who focus on Black in Business will assist with planning and executing events for the Black in Business Series. This position reports to the respective UPO assigned supervisor.

All DEI Ambassadors are encouraged to be creative and take initiative in implementing continuous improvement methods and tactics to further the development of programs. Recruitment for ambassadors happens in the spring for year-long positions.

Current DEI Ambassadors

Maria Luz Alcala

Maria Luz Alcala (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Villa Park, IL
Major(s): Human Resources Management, International Business Certificate
Involved in: Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., Multicultural Business Student Association, BizEdge, Iowa Edge, Tippie Gateway, Business Student Ambassador Organization, Student Assistant at the Undergraduate Program Office, Career Peer Advisor at the Pomerantz Career Center

Phoenix Doan

Phoenix Doan (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Major(s): Business Analytics & Information Systems, Event Management Certificate
Involved in: Vietnamese Student Association, Multicultural Business Student Association, Asian American Student Union, BizEdge Mentor, Iowa Edge Leader, Tippie Buddies

Iris Espana

Iris España (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major(s): Business Analytics & Information Systems, minor in Italian
Involved in: Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc., Tippie Senate,  Alpha Kappa Psi business fraternity

Neah Howlett

Neah Howlett (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Davenport, IA
Major(s): Marketing and Political Science
Involved in: Business Student Ambassador Organization, Women in Business, Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity, Boxes of Balloons Volunteer Organization

McKrina Lopez

McKrina Lopez (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Storm Lake, IA
Major(s): Marketing, minor in Latina/o/x Studies
Involved in: Student Lead at the Latino Native American Cultural Center, Secretary & Treasure for Lambda Theta Nu Sorority, Inc. Peer Leader for the Iowa Edge Program, BizEdge

Nikole Molina

Nikole Molina (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Muscatine, IA
Major(s): Business Analytics & Information Systems, minor in Spanish
Involved in: BizEdge, Multicultural Business Student Association (MBSA), Students to Assist Recruitment (STAR)

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William Nickles (he/him/his)
Hometown: Antioch, IL
Major(s): Finance
Involved in: Phi Kappa Psi, Hubbard Scholars, Biz Edge Mentor Program, Black in Business

Baaba Saisie

Baaba Saisie (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Quad Cities, IA
Major(s): Finance and Entrepreneurial Management, International Business Certificate
Involved in: Walk It Out, Multicultural Business Student Association (MBSA), Global Engagement Student Advisory Board, InvestHer, BizEdge Mentor

McKenzie Turner

McKenzie Turner (she/her/hers)
Hometown: Waukee, IA
Major(s): Finance
Involved in: Delta Sigma Pi business fraternity, Tippie Business Honor Society, Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority, Tippie Gateway peer mentor, Beta Gamma Sigma

Caymen Woods

Caymen Woods (he/him/his)
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Major(s): Accounting and Business Analytics
Involved in: BizEdge mentoring, Tippie Gateway, Accounting Club, Hubbard Scholars