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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion History at The University of Iowa 

Did you know that….

The University of Iowa

  • Was the first public institution to admit men and women on an equal basis
  • Was ranked in Hispanic Outlook among the top 100 institutions awarding doctoral degrees to Latinx students 
  • Was the first university with a program to rehabilitate children with disabilities
  • Was the first Big Ten institution to promote an African American to an administrative vice president position (Dr. Philip Hubbard,1966), 
  • Was the first state-university to officially recognize the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Trans­gender, & Allied Union (1970)
  • Was the first public university in the US to include optional questions on admissions applications regarding students’ sexual orientation (2012).  
  • Was one of the first public U.S. universities to grant a law degree to an African American

UI Health Care

  • In 2012, UI Health Care opened the first clinic in the state to specifically serve the health-care needs of the LGBTQ community
  • UI Heath Care has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a leader in health care equality for serving the health-care needs of the LGBTQ community
  • UI Health Care was ranked as one of the “Best Employers for Diversity” by Forbes
  • In 2015, UI Health Care opened the Ethnic Skin Care Clinic
  • The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has been ranked by Forbes as America’s top Health Care Employer 
  • In 2018 NRC Health and Becker’s Hospital Review ranked University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics 8th in the country for customer loyalty
  • In 2018 UI Hospitals & Clinics was the first hospital in Iowa to be designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and the first hospital in Iowa to be re-designated three times (2008, 2014, 2018)

The Carver College of Medicine (CCOM)

  • Granted the first M.D. to an African American graduate in 1903 and first PhD to an African American woman in 1980.
  • Opened America’s first co-ed medical school (1870) 
  • In 1864 Joseph D. Harris, an African American, received his Medical degree from the State University of Iowa Medical College (1860-1870) which preceded the current College of Medicine
  • When the University of Iowa College of Medicine opened in 1870 the first class of 37 students included 8 women
  • In 1876 Jennie McCowen was one of the first women to graduate from the University of Iowa College of Medicine
  • In 1903 Dr. Edward Albert Carter, first (documented) Black male graduate of the College of Medicine
  • In 1928, Dr. Ruth Jackson, first female board-certified woman orthopedic surgeon in the country, began her orthopedic training at Iowa in 1928; Dr. Arthur Steindler enthusiastically offered her a position when no other program would
  • In 1976, Dr. Florence Battle Shafiq was the first (documented) Black female graduate of the College of Medicine
  • In 1980, Professor Sandra Murray, was the 1st African American to receive a PhD (Anatomy)
  • In 2008, CCOM established the Office of Cultural Affairs and Diversity Initiatives to advance diversity and inclusion within the College