University of Iowa


It is the responsibility of the Office of the Provost to oversee the recruitment and retention of a highly qualified student body and faculty, diverse in race, gender, and cultural background, and to help ensure a climate in which all faculty, staff, and students have the opportunity to succeed..

The chief diversity officer and associate vice president, who oversees two key diversity offices (the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment), reports dually to the university president and to the provost.  Through the associate provost and dean of International Programs, the Office of the Provost works to increase attention to international issues, facilitate international study and research opportunities, and widen the university global perspective.  The associate provost for faculty works with the chief diversity officer to monitor the recruitment and retention of women and minority faculty.

Selected areas of responsibility for the chief diversity officer and associate vice president (Melissa Shivers, interim):

  • Campus-wide leadership regarding the importance of diversity to the educational mission of the University
  • Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
    • Compliance with federal/state laws and regulations and university policies
  • Center for Diversity & Enrichment
    • Outreach and service to underserved and minority communities
    • Pre-college student development and recruitment