DEI Committee February Update
Monday, February 1, 2021

February may be cold, but online events like the ones below will warm you from the inside. There is so much we can learn about ourselves and others with this month’s Lunar New Year celebrations and Black History Month events.

Please consider joining us for one or more of these opportunities! Thanks to everyone involved in planning and hosting these events.

Monday Memoir with Jeffrey DingTippie Monday Memoirs – hear from an outstanding alum (February 1)
As we continue to live, work, and learn through a global pandemic, the Tippie College of Business is exploring new ways to bring us together and expand our perspectives. This half-hour Tippie storytelling initiative will encourage us to understand our community better by hearing from different Tippie voices reflect on the question — Who Am I? Please join us for our inaugural Tippie Monday Memoir on Monday, February 1st, from 12:00-12:30 PM CST. Our storyteller is Jeffrey Ding (BBA’16), who is pursuing graduate studies in International Relations as a Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford.

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IOWABusiness of Inclusion – Insights into Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives– register for the next Tippie Alumni webinar (February 4)
Join us for a conversation about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and the efforts Tippie alumni are making to ensure DEI is a part of their company’s priorities. Three alumni are featured in a session facilitated by Professor Michele Williams. This event will be held Thursday, Feb. 4 from 4-5 PM CST via Zoom.

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Year of the OxLunar New Year – register for an online campus-wide celebration (February 11)
One of the most celebrated events in the world occurs every year with the start of new year on the lunar calendar. The coming year is the Year of the Ox! We usually gather for food and the exchange of “red pockets” in our south galleria; this year we will celebrate online with the rest of campus at 7 PM CST.

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GCM GrosvenorExecutive Lecture by Jason Howard and Francis Idehen – learn from a company deeply committed to diversity (February 19)
GCM Grosvenor Managing Director Jason Howard and COO Francis Idehen will present on investing in private equity with women and minority-owned firms. GCM Grosvenor, having funded and supported small, emerging and diverse managers since 1999, has nearly $7.5BN committed with diverse managers. The firm has staff from many backgrounds and identities; currently 60% of employees are women and/or under-represented minorities. An invitation with Zoom link will be emailed shortly; please put a hold on your calendar from 9:30 – 11:00 AM CST!

Black History MonthBlack History Month – celebrate one of the first American novels to focus on the experience of a Black woman (February 24)
The Iowa City Public Library (ICPL) and the City of Iowa City Equity & Human Rights Division (EHRD) are hosting a book discussion of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, a classic novel associated with the early 20th century “Harlem Renaissance.” The discussion is open to the public and led by Stefanie Bowers, Director of the EHRD.

Register here for the 7-8 PM CST event: