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


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.