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We have the unique 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, not fear them;
  • Open ourselves to difficult discussions, not ignore them.

Diversity and Inclusion Committee

UIU recently established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee that will help lead us in these efforts. The committee, as currently structured, includes representation from student life, academics, athletics, centers and online.


Upper Iowa University’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee is committed to promoting and facilitating social justice, diversity, and inclusion by embracing, enhancing, and celebrating diversity and inclusion at all levels of the University and the surrounding communities. UIU defines diversity beyond race and disability; we embrace one’s culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion and thought, and seek to attract and serve a diverse and inclusive group of employees and students. UIU and our Diversity and Inclusion Committee recognize that diversity and inclusion are fundamental to the quality and excellence of the faculty, staff, and the student body. 

Committee Members

John Grummel (Chair), Associate Professor of Political Science ([email protected])
Naomi Aziz, Director of Annual Giving ([email protected])
Jake Bass, Coordinator of Student Accounts ([email protected])
Cynthia Bentley, South Central Regional Director ([email protected])
Doug Binsfeld, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs ([email protected])
Crystal Cole, Director of Counseling and Wellness ([email protected])
Danielle Rosario Cushion, Associate Athletic Director of Student Affairs ([email protected])
Erin Doherty, Head Lacrosse Coach ([email protected])
Matthew Foy, Associate Professor of Communications ([email protected])
Mary K. Hutson, Head Competitive Cheer Coach ([email protected])
Colleen M. Irving, Director of Disability Services ([email protected])
Joy Jager, Project Coordinator Project Stand UP ([email protected])
Tiffany Jones, Academic & Admissions Counselor ([email protected])
Nikki Kuhn, Executive Assistant to the VP for External Affairs ([email protected])
Nickie C. Michaud Wild, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Pride Club faculty advisor ([email protected])
Olivia L. Schnur, Counselor ([email protected])
Brock Wissmiller, Associate Athletic Director ([email protected])
Sasha Zainal, Data Processing Specialist ([email protected])


UIU Diversity and Inclusion Blog

Through this blog we will endeavor to create a safe environment for discussion and understanding that facilitates action.


UIU Safe Zone

Safe Zone programs seek to increase the visible presence of allies who can help to shape a school culture that is accepting of all people.