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University of Iowa News Release

Aug. 23, 2004

Simpson-Taylor Is New Director Of Diversity Resources

Dorothy Simpson-Taylor is the new director of diversity resources in the University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

In her new role, Simpson-Taylor has primary responsibility for ensuring the link between diversity and excellence is understood and integrated appropriately into the university community.

"I am pleased to be joining a campus environment that values inclusion, respect, and understanding," said Simpson-Taylor. "I look forward to working with an educational institution that not only values the gifts and talents of all faculty, staff, and students, but one that also proactively prepares them for an increasingly diverse society."

She said her goal is to leverage diversity through looking, listening and learning from the university's diverse communities, cultures, ideas and viewpoints.

Simpson-Taylor brings more than 10 years of experience to the UI in diversity leadership in higher education, including director of the diversity resources office at Purdue University. Simpson-Taylor, a graduate of the University of Denver, is a counseling psychologist and continues to practice. Her expertise ranges from human relations and institutional transformation to race relations and community building. Simpson-Taylor serves as a consultant for higher education institutions, businesses and social services agencies. She has been special assistant to the president for ethnic diversity at Indiana State University and had graduate and undergraduate faculty responsibilities at the University of Northern Colorado and Indiana State University.

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