The University of Iowa's commitment to a welcoming and inclusive campus is embedded in policy, practices, values, and mission. The Diversity Catalyst Awards recognize the excellence, innovative and distinctive inclusion efforts of campus constituents.

Diversity Catalyst Award

For over twenty years, the Diversity Catalyst Awards honor faculty, staff, students, programs, departments, and student organizations who have engaged in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives during the previous academic year, promoting the development of an inclusive and diverse campus community.

  • Most recent CLAS recipient: Yolanda Spears, School of Social Work (2021)

Diane L. Finnerty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Legacy Award

The Diane L. Finnerty Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Legacy Award recognize members of the UI campus community who have played an integral role in creating positive institutional change related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Most recent CLAS recipient: Lan Samantha Chang, Creative Writing Program (2021)

Distinguished Educator Award

The Distinguished Educator Award is designed to recognize a faculty or staff member who has exemplified achievement in cultural diversity, going above and beyond to create an inclusive and positive campus climate. 

  • Most recent CLAS recipient: Chris Cheatum, Chemistry (2023)