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The Upper Iowa University Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Committee brings together faculty, staff and students to identify strategies, events, discussions, presentations and other opportunities that strive for inclusive classrooms, an inclusive university, and an inclusive community in which all students, staff, and faculty have a voice. The Committee encourages engaged dialogue that fosters equity and access while embracing freedom of speech. Our classrooms, university, and community must be physically safe and accessible environments in which we can all take every opportunity to be curious, to think, and to learn.

We all have the opportunity to make meaningful impact in our own lives and in the lives and communities around us. In the coming year we must:

  • Take efforts to grow, not stagnate;
  • Embrace our differences, and learn from them;
  • Open ourselves to the critical examination of all ideas

Committee Members

  • Danielle Rosario Cushion
    • Co-Chair, Assistant Vice President for Student Life, Chair of the Multicultural subcommittee
  • John Grummel
    • Co-Chair, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • Nickie Michaud Wild
    • LGBTQ+ Subcommittee Chair, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Pride Club Advisor
  • Corey Lange
    • Human Resources Subcommittee Chair, Human Resources Generalist
  • Spencer Lambert
    • Accessibility Subcommittee Chair, Director of Student Accessibility Services
  • Sara Zainal
    • Student Representative, Student Government Treasurer

Subcommittee Information

The Multicultural Subcommittee is responsible for building cross cultural interactions aimed at increasing multicultural awareness and appreciation across the university through the celebration of heritage months and other events that facilitate dialogue, raise awareness of diverse experiences, and build community.

The LGBTQ+ Subcommittee is responsible for promoting the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ students, including but not limited to working with SAGA (Sexuality and Gender Acceptance); celebrating Pride Month and LGBTQ+ History Month, among other gender diversity events; and organizing Ally Training;

The Human Resources Subcommittee is responsible for facilitating the recruitment, retention, and promotion of a diverse and inclusive workforce throughout the employment life cycle, and encouraging all employees to pursue educational opportunities to help enhance and uphold cultural competency.

The Accessibility Subcommittee is responsible for analyzing UIU learning platforms and spaces to ensure accessibility for all and raising disability awareness through various communications, programs and events.

  • Interested in joining a subcommittee? Contact the subcommittee chairs above.

Reporting Discrimination

All suspected discrimination, harassment, or retaliation should be reported. The University cannot attempt to address the questioned behavior if it is not made aware of it. Consequently, it is important that any case of suspected discrimination, harassment, or retaliation, whether you simply observe it or are a victim of it, should be reported. A person who believes that he or she has been subjected to any type of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation should report the incident to the appropriate University official, administrator, supervisor, or the Vice President for Human Resources. Students are encouraged to report such incidents to the AVPSL or designee.

Employees and visitors are encouraged to report to the Vice President for Human Resources or designee. Incidents should be reported as soon as possible after the time of their occurrence.

Another reporting option is Lighthouse reporting, which may be anonymous. Lighthouse may be reached on their web site, which is www.lighthouse-services.com/uiu, by phone at 833-350- 0022, or by email at [email protected] (UIU must be identified in the email).

The Human Resources office is located on the first floor of the Alexander-Dickman building at 605 Washington St, Fayette, IA 52142. The main Human Resources phone number is (563) 425- 5959.

The Student Life office is located on the second floor of the Student Center at 605 Washington, Fayette, IA 52142. The main Student Life phone number is (563) 425-5215.

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