Diversity and Inclusion

“We have seen time and again that diversity is one of our country’s greatest assets: diversity of experience, perspective, ethnicity, gender, geography.  You name it.  That diversity is what feeds the spectacular array of ideas from innovative people accross the United States.  And EPSCoR is about keeping this diversity at the heart of our scientific enterprise.  It’s about expanding participation in science and technolog in order to cultivate the best in American intellect and ingenuity.” – John Holdren, Office of Science and Technology Policy, The White House.


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    Collegiate National Society of Black Engineers volunteers present science topics to a group of students during the Black Girls Do Science workshop at the University of Iowa.
    Increase participation of women and underrepresented minorities in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)
  • Coordinate resources to help faculty, staff, and students create a more welcoming environment with sustainable support systems for success of all participants in STEM disciplines

One of the priorities within the Broader Impacts platform of Iowa NSF EPSCoR is to focus on diversity and inclusion. The diversity taskforce coordinates with other broader impacts efforts including workforce development, strengthening the STEM education pipeline and supporting faculty development.

See our energy innovator profiles to meet some women, underrepresented minorities, and energy innovators in Iowa NSF EPSCoR.

See our broader impacts news, events, and features pages for details on Iowa NSF EPSCoR diversity and inclusion related activities and programs.

Programs focus on diversity at all levels of the educational spectrum.


  • Helping search committees develop inclusive recruitment plans
  • Training leaders in equity and inclusion through the National Coalition Building Institute
  • Scholarly mentoring of faculty through the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity



IINSPIRE – LSAMP Website: This is an active NSF grant that includes 16 institutions, most in Iowa. The focus of the grant is to provide research opportunities to increase retention of minority students in STEM fields.

NCBI – National Coalition Building Institute: The National Coalition Building Institute is an international non-profit leadership development network dedicated to the elimination of racism and other forms of oppression.

NCFDD – National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity: The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers. They offer on-campus workshops, professional development training, and intensive mentoring programs.

Institute for Broadening Participation: The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

ISU ADVANCE: The goal of ADVANCE is to promote a multilevel participatory action to produce institutional transformation resulting in the full participation of women and minority faculty in all fields in the university.

National Alliance for Doctoral Studies in the Mathematical Sciences: Our goal is simple: we want to be sure that every underrepresented or underserved American student with the talent and the ambition has the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree in a mathematical science.