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.

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:

  • Drawing strength from the University of Iowa’s rich legacy of promoting social progress
  • Building advocacy among our ranks through Tippie's DEI Committee
  • Investing in targeted programming and offering ways for students to get involved

All of these efforts are contained within one overarching 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.

Tippie student

Dore Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program

The Dore Emerging Leaders Fellowship Program is part of the Dore-Tippie Women’s Leadership Program at the Tippie College of Business. We inducted our inaugural class of Emerging Leaders in 2020-2021 and invite a new class of freshmen each year.

“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 students

BizEdge Mentorship Program

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

BizEdge mentors

DEI Ambassadors

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

Gateway company visit

Gateway Summer Program

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

Tippie Buddies

Tippie Buddies

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

Black in Business event

Black in Business

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

DEI case competition

National Diversity Case Competition

A two-day event hosted by the Kelley School of Business that brings together top-level, diverse students from across the country.

Student organizations

Reaching OUT in Business

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

Women in Business

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

Multicultural Business Student Association

Builds diversity on campus by offering opportunities to connect with organizations and people who value diversity.


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

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

”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.’”

DEI news


Tippie Diversity Committee - November 2022 Update

Tuesday, November 8, 2022
DEI themes for fall focus on belonging—and what better way to focus on belonging than to celebrate the inclusion of first-generation faculty, staff, and students at Tippie during National First-Gen College Celebration Week.

Tippie Diversity Committee - October 2022 Update

Thursday, October 6, 2022
We are at the mid-point of the semester and approaching a turning point in the year. As the days begin to shorten and the leaves begin to fall, our connections to each other forge the bonds that will help sustain our engagement and energy in the months ahead. DEI themes for the rest of the fall term focus on fostering belonging.
Tippie Diversity Committee September Update

Tippie Diversity Committee - September 2022 Update

Wednesday, September 7, 2022
As we move into the energy of the season, the DEI newsletter will be taking on a more streamlined approach with a continued focus on Tippie and UI DEI-related events.