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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

We strive to amplify the voices of underrepresented people and build a community that is inclusive of all. We recognize the enormous role the law plays in shaping the foundation of our society, and that with it comes the responsibility to take action towards equity and justice. For us, that action starts in the law school and continues throughout every members’ practice.
Meddie Demmings IV, DEI Committee Chair

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. 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, world views, 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.

DEI News

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Transgender Day of Remembrance

On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor and remember our Transgender sisters, brothers, and siblings who have been taken from us by the hands of transphobic violence.
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Incoming international students tackle a challenging semester head on

Iowa Law is honored to welcome 22 international students this semester, several of which are attending their courses entirely online from their home country. Despite the ever changing climate and challenges presented by COVID-19, these students have remained resilient and dedicated to furthering their legal education abroad.
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Acknowledging the homelands of tribal nations where the University of Iowa resides

Iowa Law Dean Kevin Washburn and The Native American Council continue to work on its land acknowledgment statement, creating a version that is briefer than their original statement so it can be easily used in classes or before meetings.