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Vision Statement

We at the University of Iowa College of Law take pride in our longstanding commitment to inclusion and diversity. In 1855, the University of Iowa became the first public university to admit men and women on an equal basis. Following in that tradition, the College of Law has led many diversity and equity initiatives. For example, in the 1870s we became one of the first law schools in the nation to grant a law degree to a woman (Mary Beth Hickey, 1873), to an African-American (Alexander Clark, Jr., 1879), and to an international student (Moung Edwin, 1879). We believe diversity is integral to our educational philosophy and core mission—to prepare culturally proficient graduates who are capable of intellectual inquiry, critical and reflective thinking, and engagement. Iowa Law is a stimulating place to study, teach, work, and learn to serve the public and the legal profession. We embrace the commonalities and differences of human experience. Thoughtful discourse and a broad exchange of ideas facilitate a better understanding of ourselves, each other, and the issues and controversies of the day. All are welcome and respected here. Our community celebrates diversity in all of its forms; each one of us is enriched by exposure to different beliefs, opinions, worldviews, abilities, backgrounds, and identities. We believe that awareness and understanding of these differences can promote lifelong collaboration and trust within and among the communities that define and animate us.

Diverse Organizations at Iowa Law

Student Organization Contact
Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) Rachel Shuen
Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Carrington Buze, President
Maliya Rattlife, Vice President
Hispanic Latino Law Student Association (HLLSA) Andrea Mallarino & Adriana Aranda, Co-Presidents
International Law School Student Association Bingquing He
Journal of Gender, Race & Justice (JGRJ) Diana Kozlova, EIC
Middle Eastern Law Student Association (MELSA)  
Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) Noelia Dominguez
Outlaws (LGBTW Organization) Alexandra Pecora, President
Christian Legal Society (CLS) Olayinka Ope
Jewish Law Student Association (JLSA) Brad Peltin