The Computer Science Department is dedicated to the pursuit of equity, fairness, and broadening participation in computer science. The department is currently working towards the following related goals:

  • Increasing the enrollment and retention of women in Computer Science at the University of Iowa.
  • Increasing the enrollment of underrepresented groups in Computer Science to a level close to the groups share of the college-age population in the state of Iowa.
  • Eliminating disparities that exist in the outcomes for students in our programs across underrepresented groups.
  • Increasing participation of our faculty in DEI-related activities.

To achieve these goals, the department has undertaken numerous activities and established evaluation metrics. You can read more about these in our 2020 Broadening Participation in Computing Plan.

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.