When to make a difference

Events listed on the Diversity Matters calendar are collected from the University of Northern Iowa’s Calendar of Events and other campus sources. If there is an upcoming diversity-related event that you would like to see posted here, please send an e-mail to




Sexual Assult Awareness Month! These events are identifed by (SAMM) on the calendar.

Wednesday, April 16th

220 East After-Work: UNI Poetry Night

Time: 5:00pm

Location: 220 East Downtown, Waterloo

The College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences presents 220east After-Work, a partnership between CHAS, Cedar Valley Chamber of Music, JSA Development and Main Street Waterloo. Look forward to your Wednesday evenings by joining Cedar Valley Chamber Music for our 2014 concert series at 220east. UNI faculty and students, WCF Symphony guest soloists and special guests highlight eleven week of concerts at a unique venue. Doors open at 5pm; concerts are 5:15-6pm. Admission is free; good will donations accepted. Complimentary wine at all concerts is provided in partnership with CU restaurant.

Snag a SigEp Date Auction/Raffle (SAMM)

Time: 7pm

Location: Maucker Union's Main Area

Thursday, April 17th: (SAMM)

SAWW Challenge

Time: 7pm

Location: West Gym

A competition between student organizations testing mental, physical, and emotional stress.

Friday, April 18th

Women in Politics 2014

Time: 8:45am-5:00pm

(registration begins at 8:15am)

Old Capitol Museum Senate Chambers, Iowa City, IA

The University of Iowa Public Policy Center, in parthership with and in honor of the Iowa Women's Archives, will host "Women in Politics 2014: Historic & Current Perspectives" at the Old Capitol museum Senate Chambers in Iowa City on Friday, April 18. Join us for this day-long symposium that will examine why women do or do not run for political office, how they govern oncce elected, and the history of women in politics. Giving the keynote address is US Senator Amy Klobuchar, the first woman elected to represent Minesota in the United States Senate.

Panelists include nationally-know political scientists, state and local legislators, and historians. The symposium will wrap up with a policy discussion and action steps.

The event is presented as part of the Public Policy Center's 25th anniversary year in fulfillment of part of its mission to engage the public by sharing the expertise and resources of the PPC and the university.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but please register at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center, as space is limited. For more information including the agenda and list of speakers, please visit the event website.

Monday, April 21st:

Earth Week Yoga Class

Time: 5-6pm

Location: Room 85, Wellness/Recreation Center

In honor of the 2014 UNI Earth Week Celebration, UNI students are invited to parcipate in an afternoon of relaxing yoga. This free event will feature certified UNI yoga instructors. All participants will receive a water bottle. Classes will be held at 5pm and 5:50 pm. Pre-registration is required.

Tuesday, April 22nd:

UNI Earth Day Highway Cleanup

Time: 3:30pm

Location: Maucker Union

UNI Volunteer Tuesdays and Green Iowa AmeriCorps will partner for an Earth Day Highway Cleanup as part of UNI's Earth Week Celebration. Participants will pick up trash from a section of Highway 20. Pre-registration is required.

Xi Man Competition

Time: 8:00pm

Location: Auditorium, Lang Hall

Alpha Xi Delta is hosting the Xi Man Competition, a male pageant held to raise money for Autism Speaks. The participants preform a group dance, formal wear with an interview, make a UNI cheer and preform a talent of their choice.

Wednesday, April 23rd:

UNI Earth Week Bike Ride

Time: 6:00pm

Location:  Mulligan's, 205 E 18th St.

Join the RRTTC, Cedar Valley Cyclists, and UNI Cycling Club in a bike ride around Cedar Falls to celebrate UNI's Earth Week. The ride will start and end at Milligan's on 18th Street in Cedar Falls. Helmets are required for parcipation. Pre registration required. All registered participants will receive a free t-shirt.

Thursday, April 24th: (SAMM)

Jackson Katz "More Than a Few Good Men"

Time: 7:30 pm

Location: Room 002 Sabin Hall

Jackson Katz is an educator, anti-sexist male activist, social theorist, author and filmmaker. He holds a Master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education, with a focus in the social construction of violent masculinities through sports and media. He holds a Ph.D in cultural studies and education from UCLA. Katz has dedicated his life to gender violence prevention. He developed the gender violence prevention program, Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), at the Northeastern University's Center for the Study of Sport in Society in 1993. The MVP program serves to empower both males and females from all socioecomimic, racial, ethnic, and sexual orientation backgrounds to become leaders and teaches the skills needed to build positive enviroments in schools, businesses and communities.

The evening lecture will give an opportunity for many students and faculty who have trained and/or educated in the MVP model to hear Katz lecutre live on the development and impact of the model. Three student organizations have applied for funding to support the visit: Masters in Social Work Association, UNI Supporters of the United States Army, Sigma Phi Epsilon, a men's fraternity that has been very engaged with CVP initiatives.

Tuesday, April 29th: (SAMM)

Take Back the Night

Time: 6:30pm

Location: Seerley 115

6:30pm panel discussion, poster-making session immediately following. 7:45pm march and rally at the Campanile.


Friday, May 2nd:

UNI Children's Choir Spring Concert

Time: 7:30-9pm

Location: Bengtson Auditorium, Russell Hall

The UNI Children's Choir will offer their spring concert under the direction of Michelle Swanson. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, May 9th:

Spring 2014 Graduate Student Commencement Ceremony

Time: 7-9pm

Location: Gallagher-Bluedorn Preforming Arts Center

Graduate Student Commecement Ceremony (Students earning Masters, Specialist or Doctoral degrees)

Saturday, May 10th

Undergraduate Student Commencement

Time: 10am-12pm

Location: McLeod Center

Commencement for undertgraduate students in CHAS and CSBS

Time: 2-4pm

Location: McLeod Center

Monday, May 26th

Memorial Day