Northern Iowa Student Government

Diversity Town Hall Meeting

By: Student on Mon, 01/11/2010 - 17:48

The second-annual UNI town hall meeting on diversity will be held Thursday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom. The following is a message from President Ben Allen about the town hall:

Students, faculty and staff,

One of our institutional priorities is to value, promote and teach about diversity. An appreciation of diversity is an essential component of an excellent education. To further advance our efforts, I invite students, faculty and staff to the second-annual UNI town hall meeting on diversity Thursday, Jan. 21 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Maucker Union, Old Central Ballroom.

Last January, we held our first town hall meeting on this topic. The gathering gave us an opportunity to open up conversations about diversity and introduce the Diversity Council and its role.

The Diversity Council, with input and feedback from the Diversity Advisory Committee, the College Diversity Councils and the campus community at large, has been busy this past year building the foundation of our sustainable commitment to diversity. At this year's town hall meeting, we will share the university's diversity definition, vision and mission as well as our strategic priorities and the key performance indicators to guide us as we move forward. We will report on our progress so far and the winners of the inaugural UNI Diversity Matters Award will be recognized.  

While we have achieved much this year, we have also had our share of challenges. Several bias-related incidents were reported late in the fall semester. As I stated in November, we do not tolerate this kind of behavior and we will address it whenever we are confronted with it. Dean of Students Jon Buse will, in a separate message, provide the campus community with an update on our response to these incidents. We will spend a portion of our time at the town hall meeting in dialogue about our campus climate. 

All of us at UNI are responsible for making our campus welcoming and supportive to all; connecting us to diverse communities here and around the state, the nation and the world; enhancing the diversity of our student body, faculty and staff; most importantly, fostering the success of all.   

I look forward to seeing you Jan. 21 at the annual town hall meeting on diversity.

Ben Allen