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Nov. 6, 2007

Recognition sought for UI faculty and staff members for diversity efforts

The University of Iowa has begun a program to recognize faculty and staff who volunteer their time to support university-sponsored diversity events and activities.

The Office of the Special Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity & Diversity is encouraging campus leaders to show their appreciation for faculty and staff who support diversity efforts in an online survey at

Examples of events include diversity-related job or college fairs, school visits and workshops. Faculty and staff who tutor minority or underrepresented students, serve on boards and commissions focusing on diversity, or assist with on-campus student retention programs can also be recognized.

The information provided in the survey will be used to generate a letter to the person's supervisor or department head for inclusion in their personnel file. It will also provide a better understanding for many ways in which volunteer support advances diversity interests at the UI, says Marcella David, special assistant to the president for equal opportunity and diversity and associate provost for diversity.

"We understand and appreciate the many contributions made by faculty and staff that advance our diversity goals, including supporting our admissions, recruitment and outreach activities with gifts of time and expertise. We also understand and appreciate that often these contributions go unrecognized, particularly when they extend beyond the needs of a particular college or unit," says Sue Buckley, associate vice president for finance and operations and director of Human Resources.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Marcella David, Associate Provost, 319-335-0705,; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012,