The Global Health Studies Program is rooted in understanding and acting against the inequalities that marginalized communities—both locally and globally—face every day. The program attracts diverse students at a much higher level than most other programs at the university in part because we teach the populations that we serve and study. Over forty percent of the Global Health Studies majors identify as students of color, and one third identify as first-generation college students. The program has always been committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are fundamental to the mission of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa, as we conduct our work in the context of the whole of humanity.

  • In our teaching, we draw on, explore, and question every facet of human experience and understanding.
  • In our scholarship, scientific inquiry, and artistry, we create new knowledge and insight, reflecting and shaping the cultures and societies in which human lives unfold.
  • In our service to Iowans, we collaborate with communities to solve critical problems arising from inequity.

DEI values are inseparable from those of the liberal arts tradition. To fully realize our college’s critical mission of advancing human understanding within that tradition, we must actualize these values in every aspect of our decision-making and every area of our academic community.